Access to FREE Auto Repair Resources
By Kim B.
Tue, June 24, 2014
Access to FREE Auto Repair Resources
All you need is a library card and POWER Library
(PHILADELPHIA) - Before your next trip to the mechanic, take an online detour and check out POWER Library. Repair information and specifications for more than 35,000 vehicles are available for free from the state’s POWER Library, www.powerlibrary.org
. And all you need to access the information is your Free Library card!
The information in the Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) comes from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of the Chilton auto repair manuals. It has nearly 857,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, about 99,000 technical services bulletins and recalls, and more than 158,600 wiring diagrams.
The first step in using the ARRC is to choose the year of the vehicle (anything from a 1954 Volkswagen Beetle to a 2014 Mazda6), then work through the make, model and engine specifications. This valuable resource contains repair information, technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, full specifications, an estimator for labor times and costs, and diagnostic information for most vehicles.
Each screen has several tabs. The Vehicle Search takes you to the initial search screen for the vehicles. The AutoIQ tab has a short video presentation about the different parts and systems of a vehicle. The topics include fuel management, heating and air conditioning, and brakes.
The Care & Repair Tips section provides links for information about caring for and repairing your vehicle, as well as the necessary tools for buying parts and supplies. This section provides information beyond what your mechanic tells you and can also provide information to help you complete basic maintenance issues yourself. Finally, the Troubleshooting tab is a great place to start to diagnose problems with your vehicle.
There are several ways you access the POWER Library: Visit directly at www.powerlibrary.org
and click on “List All E-Resources” at the top of the page, or visit www.freelibrary.org
and click on the "Databases" link for access.
POWER Library is an integral part of Information Literacy, a component of the PA Forward initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century. Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society. POWER Library is a service of Commonwealth Libraries, a Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is supported by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.
1977 Camaro Z-28 and its parts, from our Automobile Reference Digital Collection http://libwww.freelibrary.org/diglib/diglibLst.cfm?chk=10
chilton for 2001 Carolla
hunter - waynesboro
Fri, July 18, 2014
Sat, September 20, 2014
I whoud like to learn
rafal - oklahoma
Wed, February 04, 2015
very interesting informative blog, thanks for sharing.
Kabir Aiken - Perth
Thu, July 23, 2015
need to repair 2004 toyota sienna drivers sliding door not closing
frank vargovic - new jersey
Sat, January 16, 2016
Henry Pokini - Las Vegas NVThanks
Mon, March 27, 2017
I most likely to visit and using the ARRC directly
antonio mars - texas
Sun, May 21, 2017
Is this still working?
Kimberly - Philadelphia
Wed, July 05, 2017
I would like to try and use your free access auto repair resources.
Marcos Rosales Riojas - Avondale Az 85323
Sun, August 13, 2017
This blog is excellent i love reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you can help them greatly.
Fri, September 22, 2017
I don't think that this resource for auto repair information is available any more. It was a great resource. I wish someone from the Free Library would confirm or deny this. I checked the Power Library listing and other listings at the Free Library of Philadelphia site and I've come up dry.
Eli Levine - Philadelphia
Mon, December 11, 2017
esta información es muy necesaria para mecanicos
andelfo rodriguez - colombia
Sun, January 07, 2018
This is a great resrouce but I could not access it myself since I don't have an account. Another resource that is completely free and great for people like myself is the Youcanic guides. https://www.youcanic.com/vehicle Hope it helps someone.
Jennifer L. - Salt Lake City Utah
Thu, October 11, 2018
Firing order 95 dodge ram
Marty - New nerseh
Mon, October 29, 2018
I've really wanted to start learning more about cars and auto repairs lately and I think this will help a lot. I think it can save my family some money if we knew how to do some repairs at home, so this is great! Thank you for sharing!
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Tue, October 30, 2018
I really loved the article! But I am a bit old school. Don't you think that a pro should do their job? Or, even if you want to learn it should be done under a professional and not by an online guide.
I believe the understanding is much clear when you have a person teaching you than a video.
Lary Cook - Doylestown
Tue, November 06, 2018
I NEED HELP WITH ELECTRICAL
joseph toth - las vegas
Sun, February 03, 2019