Let the library repair your car

I don’t know anything about cars. I couldn’t tell you what a carburetor looks like to save my life. The idea of changing my own oil is laughable. Last year when my tire pressure light came on, I had to have the guys at the Goodyear store show me how to add air to my tires. (Thanks again guys!)

But if you are handy, and I know a lot of you in FDL are, you might see a car problem as a challenge. You might think to yourself, “I can totally fix that.” You’re probably right. But you’ll probably need a little guidance along the way, and that is where I come in.

If you’re interested in repairing your own car or other machine with a small engine, FDLPL subscribes to two great databases that can give you diagrams, repair procedures, and other helpful hints. These are the Auto Repair Reference Center and the Small Engine Repair Reference Center both provide detailed information on different kinds of engines and cars.

To use both from home, you will need a valid FDLPL library card. After you log in, you’ll be asked a series of questions, including the make, model and year of your vehicle, to determine the correct manual. The databases provide things like wiring diagrams, repair procedures for any number of issues, and a general manual of the various systems in the car or machine.

These are great tools to use when repairing a car, and a nice advantage to a huge book is that you can a) only print and carry around the part you want to use and b) you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty. Car repair can be messy, with lots of oil and grease.

So for all you DIY car repair folks, check out these databases and fix away! I salute you. Now, does anyone remember how to check my tire pressure?


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