It is the most common thing that people do at the first sign of trouble with their vehicles, take it to the workshop! Well, although this is the right thing to do for most case scenarios, and the most expensive thing to do, there is an alternative that could potentially reduce the overall cost of your vehicle maintenance.  There are many car issues that could be managed on your own with basic garage tools like a pro, provided you have your car repair manual that is sometimes referred to as the car owner’s manual. For example, the regular service that you send your car to the workshop could be managed by yourself in your garage or even on your front porch. All you would need is the oil change, oil filter, air filter, a 2 x 2 half cut tub, a wrench and a jack. Look through your manual and follow the instructions and you could have it done within the hour. These manuals even contain information on how to replace seal joints or a solenoid that can save you a significant amount of money. However, it is not advisable to attempt major repairs as they can be quite complex and also dangerous and hence, it is always better to let the professionals handle major repairs. Speaking of the pros, even professional workshop mechanics actually need these car workshop manuals from time to time to know what is going on with a specific vehicle due to the constant changes that automotive manufacturers keep introducing to the cars that they produce. It is not uncommon for mechanics to come face to face a new phenomenon with vehicles that they have never worked on before and these ‘not so common’ issues could result in a significant amount of added man hours that end on the bill that you will be eventually slapped with at the end of the day. Thus, having these manuals at hand could not just save the mechanic a lot of time, but it would also save you a lot of money.

For those of you who do not have the original versions of their car owner’s manual or workshop manuals you would be able to download these auto manuals from numerous online portals that offer both free and paid versions of the manuals for a wide variety of cars. Be it, Fords, Nissans, Oldsmobile or Porsche you would probably be able to find it online. These manuals are generally made available in PDF formats that you could either download or print it out to have a hardcopy at hand or just save them on a smart device that you could access anytime you want. These online car workshop manuals are mobile friendly and as accurate as the originals mostly. Having these manuals with you is always a good thing as it will save you a heap of trouble during emergencies and money when you visit your mechanic due to some irregularities with your car! If you are a mechanic on the other hand it would be a good idea to download these manuals and keep them in the workshop so that you may use them anytime something ‘unfamiliar’ crops up when you are working with a car model that you are not used to working with.

 

Darius Mo
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