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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 second hand car buyers also make it a point 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.

Currently, it is standard practice for most car manufacturers to 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). Some internet sites offer the same information, but not a few these may have pirated copies. Some shady sites in a list generated by a search engine may offer free downloads that have quality control issues, like manuals for model variants getting interchanged for instance. There may also be info-sites that charge people a fee before they can download a copy of these manuals.

Availability of manuals about a vehicle and maintaining or repairing it becomes more telling when an owner wants to carry out 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 that cater to multiple vehicle types, makes and models also stack up on reference materials to be able to readily service 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. There are manufacturers, however, that have help lines that cater to inquiries on older vehicle models, but will provide the information only upon request. The good news is, there are still sites 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. Some may get a copy of the needed manuals from online bookstores that deliver of ordered copies within several days, at reasonable prices (shipping costs included of course). There are info-sites who not only offer 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).

Vehicle owners can also look for copies at libraries or bookstores that have sections specifically allocated for vehicle owner and service manuals. That can well be some serious leg-work.

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