Searching For Vehicle Maintenance Manuals

Brand new vehicle owners need not worry about owner’s or service manuals, since these valuable reference materials “come with the wheels when the vehicle is purchased”. Some who buy pre-owned vehicles also ensure that copies of the manuals are included in the purchase. Truth is, many motorists do not have these reference materials for some reason or another, and need to acquire one.

Most car manufacturers today post owner and service manuals for recent car models on their websites that people can easily access, read or download for free (without worries on copyright infringement). There are other internet sites that offer the same information, but not a few may have pirated copies. Some shady sites that get included in a search engine listing may offer free downloads, but could have quality control issues (i.e., manuals for model variants could get interchanged for example). There may also be info-sites that charge people a fee before they can download a copy of these manuals.

The need for manuals about a vehicle and maintaining or repairing it is much more telling when an owner desires to perform Do-It-Yourself (DIY) maintenance work on a vehicle with a brand and/or model that is much older, or the vehicle is manufactured overseas. Garage repair shops servicing multiple vehicle types, makes and models also stack up on reference materials to be able to readily attend to any vehicle that may be brought in. Diagrams for electrical wiring (most early car design do not have “computer boxes”) for instance, are particularly useful.

Vehicle makers usually have web content on models that date back only to about twenty years. However, some manufacturers have help lines that respond to inquiries on older vehicle models, but will provide the information only upon request. On a brighter note, some sites exist that offer information on vehicle systems, parts and repair/maintenance for units built as early as the 1960′s. Motorists who desire to “resurrect” a vintage car would not mind shelling out a few bucks to get hold of the information from these e-zine sites as paid downloads. Other vehicle owners may obtain a copy of the required manuals from online bookstores that can do door-step delivery of ordered copies within a few days, at reasonable costs (shipping costs included of course). Other info-sites not only provide manuals, but also have “how-to” videos for particular vehicle repair and maintenance work (oil change, tracing electrical wiring diagrams for ignition trouble shooting, are some examples).

Motorists can also search for copies at libraries or bookstores that have sections dedicated to vehicle owner and service manuals. That can well be some serious leg-work.

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