Access to FREE Auto Repair Resources

By Kim B. RSS 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,  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 and click on “List All E-Resources” at the top of the page, or visit 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.

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Friday, 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.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

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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.
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