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Written By: admin on December 27, 2009 2 Comments

If people forget to collect factory service manual from the OEM or they have lost it or couldn’t find then any need for them to worry. Now days the advent of technology helps you to find one online. You can find different types of factory repair manual for free of cost and within no time of your search.

Some of the manuals include general manuals, diagnosis descriptions, repair manuals and maintenance manuals.  General manuals are mostly related to the make and type of the automobile. One search of the combination gives you various results and depending on your requirement you can choose the one.

Diagnosis manuals help you to identify the part that is causing the troubles in the automobile and repair manuals help you to rectify the problem of that component and fix the problem. Maintenance manuals help in the effective maintenance of the vehicle.

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 June 10, 2009 No Comment

Factory Service Manuals can be purchased in either in a book form or on a CD.  The book form is generally the most widely spread, and it is very self explanatory; it comes with table of contents and index.  The table of content then breaks down into sections such as Engine, Brakes, Suspension, Body, Wiring, Chassis, Interior, Front Axle, Rear Axle, Exhaust and Emission system, electrical components, and etc.  Then each section is broken down into components.

Manuals on CD is a newer form, and it may not be available for your car.  They are often in a PDF file format, so you would need an Adobe Reader to read it.  Adobe Reader is free and you can get it from Adobe's website.  It comes with everything that a book format has.  The CD also often comes with this amazing feature that each referenced sentence or section is linked, and you can just simply click on the link, and then you will be to that page.  Another words if you are reading on how to change your brake rotors, before you change your brake rotors, you have to uninstall your brake pads.  An Uninstalling Brake Pads section will be linked in the Brake Rotors section, and you can just click on the link, and you will be in the Brake Pads section without flipping or finding pages like in the book form.  This linked feature is also available for your Index section as well.

So which type of service manual form should you purchase? Well, if you don't like storing a thick book in your garage or bookshelf, or afraid the book might get wore down or tear pages, you could probably consider purchasing the service manual in a CD form, especially with the linked feature.  If you don't like reading your manual on a computer, you can also just print the sections or pages you want from your computer.  If you end up printing all the pages from your computer, you might as well just buy the factory service manual in a book form to save you money on the ink and paper because there are simply just too many pages.

Written By: admin on June 10, 2009 No Comment

A Factory Service Manual or FSM is a service auto repair manual that is published by your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).  The word "Factory” basically means the unit where automobile parts or devices are manufactured and supplied as the product by the branded company or manufacturer.  In this type of manuals, they address the exact procedures and ways on how to repair, troubleshoot, diagnose, and maintain your vehicle and parts.

FSMs are mostly more informative and endorse better quality in terms of presentation.  Since the source of the service manual contents come from your car's manufacturer, you can often trust and rely more on information they provide in the manual.  It is always better to go for the specific repair  manual for your car if you have the budget; otherwise there are also Aftermarket Service Manuals available in the market for lower price, such as Haines, Clinton, and etc.

Factory  Manuals can also be purchased in two forms: Book and CD.  For more information on this, you can read the Difference between Factory Service Manual Book vs CD here.

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