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Written By: admin on August 7, 2009 2 Comments

If you are a auto mechanic oriented or amateur auto mechanic who loves to get greasy hands and dig in the car engines, entails the spirit of the DIY or "do-it-yourself".  You might find that having an auto repair manual can come very handy as your car's repair and maintenance resources and if you are in an emergency situation such as the car breaks down.

There are two types of auto repair manuals that are available in the market:

  1. Online service manuals that are downloadable
  2. Printed service manuals that are available in book store or auto parts store

Online Service Manuals

The online service manuals are downloadable and printable from your own computer.  The best thing about the online manuals are that whatever manual you will need for whichever car model, it is only a few mouse clicks away; you can download it from the internet in your own place.  The downloading time is usually very quick depends on the speed of your internet connection.

If you happen to find yourself in an emergency situation that you need some information about repairing or maintenance for your vehicle, the fastest and cheapest way is perhaps to go online to find high quality service repair manual for your model.

Good auto repair manual sites features updated diagnostic and maintenance information.  Their manuals are Factory Service Manuals which are written by the manufacturers and contain the original workshop repair procedures.  This is probably by far the best manuals you can get because of the quality and precise information about your vehicle.  Many auto technician professionals find these types of manuals are useful as they contain thousands of pages of diagrams and all the necessary detailed information for the specific vehicle and parts.

Printed service manuals
There are several printed service manuals available in the market now.  Mainly can be distinguished in to two kinds: Factory Service Manual and Aftermarket service manual.
The aftermarket manual includes:

Clinton and Haynes Manual

  • These two manuals are pretty similar.
  • They all have simple step-by-step procedures, easy to follow format
  • Their target audience for amateurs and average mechanic persons
  • Focus on basic repairs and maintenance tasks
  • Contains lots of real pictures and graphics to guide the audiences.
  • For old car models, the information and illustrations are more generalized; newer cars are otherwise.
  • Price is cheaper

Bently Manual

  • Their target audience is for the more experience mechanics, and is considered by many experts as the hands-down best reference.
  • Only focuses on European model cars.
  • Price is medium to high

Factory Manual

  • Their target is more for the certified mechanics
  • Available from your manufacturer dealer
  • More expensive
Written By: admin on August 6, 2009 2 Comments
Illustration of a 4-Cylinder Engine Timing Belt

Illustration of a 4-Cylinder Engine Timing Belt

Replacing your car's timing belt is not an easy task.  It probably requires a full weekend to remove all the parts and then reinstall them back again if you are a beginner.  If you have your factory car service manual handy, you should probably always follow it at the first time as it does often point out the details and tips on how to perform certain procedures.

So why do people replace their timing belt?  The purpose of a timing belt is to provide a flexible connection between the camshaft and crankshaft to keep the valves opening and closing in phase with the movement of the pistons.  When you car hits every 60,000 miles, it generally requires you replacing the timing belt.

You should always plan on changing your timing belt whenever you are accessible to the timing belt for other jobs, such as replacing water pump.

If your timing belt is worn or damaged, it can cause your engine to run rough or even not running at all if it's broken.  A worn belt can decrease your power and lower your car's mileage.  When a timing belt is broken, it can be catastrophic for the engine.

The condition of the belt is not easily seen as it is always covered in order to protect flying objects that might cause a damage to the belt, therefore you should always inspect your timing belt whenever you are accessible to the area or replace it at recommended intervals specified on your factory car service manual.

Lastly, if you are not comfortable replacing it yourself, you should seek your local shop to do the job for you.  If you want to learn how to replace your own timing belt, you should follow the  prodcedures specified on your factor car service manual.

Written By: admin on August 5, 2009 No Comment

If you have automobile industry background then you might have already known these two common terms: factory service manual (FSM) and aftermarket service manual.

FSM basically stands for the manual that is published and supplied as the product of a branded company; Aftermarket service manual indicates the manual that are available separately from other brands or sources and they are used and published by other companies.

The main difference between these two manuals is where the content come from and how much information and description they provide to the reader.  One comes from the OEM or Original Equipment Manufactured end while the aftermarket is from any other company such as Clinton or Haynes, or etc that is working in collaboration with the original manufacturer.  Moreover the other fact to be noted is that most of the factory service manual endorse better and higher quality both in terms of content representation such schematics, layout, pictures, diagrams, and etc.

The aftermarket service manual might indicate it covers from this year to that year for a particular model, however the contents of such manual are generally not very detailed to the specific year as each model year has slightly different parts and repairing procedures.  This doesn't mean aftermarket manuals don't work for you at all as it still does its job fine if you have good mechanic background or you are just performing small repair or maintenance jobs.

So, it's usually the best to go for factory service repair manual if you are going to do bigger repair or maintenance jobs on your car, because you don't want to get stuck in the middle of repair and not to know how to do next.

Written By: admin on August 3, 2009 2 Comments

We are now in the information age.   There are many kinds of information that you can not imagine and are available on the internet for you to use.  One of the thing is automobile repair factory service manual,  it has joined the computer age for people like you that loves and/or take your cars maintenance and repair seriously.  People can now access to online repair manual at the fraction of the cost of a hard book copy.

When you get an online factory service manual, you will find that it is:

  • Very simple to use
  • Cost less than book version
  • Factory diagnostic sources and information
  • Complete sour of repair and maintenance procedures
  • Part numbers for your factory car components and parts
  • Easier navigation between pages

There are many ways you can get either free or paid service manuals on the internet.  You can often get access to free manuals by going to car forum that's for your car model and do some search there.  There are also manuals that cost less and are available in either book format or CD, and you find them easily through our site search.

Written By: admin on August 2, 2009 3 Comments

Do you have a lot of keys on the same key chain as your car key?  That is a pretty heavy load hanging off the car key when it is is in the ignition hole.  These extra keys are extra weight combined with bouncing while you are driving, can result wear out to the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.  It's actually better if you can lighten up your key chain and try to separate keys in a different key chain to avoid this type of problem.  If your ignition key sticks when you try to turn on the car, it is generally a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail and you should replace it before you get stranded.

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