Online Repair Manuals Vs Paper Service Books

Online Repair Manuals Vs Paper Service Books

Online repair manuals provide the easiest way for a do-it-yourself mechanic to get the job done right. Throughout most of the history of auto repair, we’ve had to deal with traditional paper repair manuals. While these books would get us through the ordeal, they also involved quite a few shortcomings which made them difficult to use compared to digital repair information.

One continual thorn in the side of the home mechanic who is using a paper service manual is automotive grease. It smears onto the pages of the manual and never comes out. Many a book has been ruined this way. While there are techniques for removing some of the grease, you are always left with a giant stain on the page which partially obscures repair procedure steps or diagrams. Trying to remove a spot also consumes your time, which is probably at a premium when you have a repair job to do.

There is also the issue of simply losing the manual when it is in book form. Unless you are doing one repair after another, the book may sit for a couple of months in between uses. During this time it can get moved around in the shuffle. Next time you need it, you may discover that you have lost the repair manual which you paid twenty dollars for.

Cramped garages and stacks of automotive literature sometimes don’t mix, either. When space is limited, the last thing you want is to have to install a shelf for books. Even if you only have one manual, it can be a pain to find a place for it – you can’t exactly hang it on the wall. Also, during the job, you’ll need a way to position the repair steps where you can see them or get to them easily, while not setting the manual down in grime and dirt. With online repair manuals, you can print out the information and take it into the garage with you on throwaway paper. You get no such convenience with traditional repair literature.

Source by Donald Rothman

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