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Car Workshop Manuals: How important are they?

When cars breakdown, most of us become thunderstruck for two main reasons, the first reason is the fact that we become immobile and secondly we fret about the cost of repairing the vehicle which more often than not puts a dent in our bank account.

Well, although the fact remains true that sometimes we have but no choice, but to go to a mechanic to get things fixed, there are times when we could actually do the repairs or even regular services by ourselves that would only be a fraction of the cost an auto repair shop would charge.

Most cars have basic components that could cause your car to breakdown, for example, if a car wouldn’t start, it could be due to a blown-out fuse or a weak battery or if the windshield wipers do not work or the tail-lights get fused you could probably fix these issues on your own without having to take your car to a mechanic or an electrician provided you have your car manual which is given to you when you first buy the car.

These manuals are rarely read by people and most of us tend to chuck the manual away in the basement and forget all about and this is where most of us could be wiser. Learning to fix minor issues and service our own cars could save all of us a lot of money in the long run based on the fact that it would reduce the number of times we take the car to the mechanic throughout the time we own the vehicle which usually at minimum is about 3 years.

Even for those of us who have no knowledge of car engines or components, these car manuals issued by the factory could come in handy as these manuals contain information about safety measures, maintenance instructions, troubleshooting instructions for things that are not working as they ought to be and much more. 

A car workshop manual will help the owners to basically understand their vehicle more thoroughly which is a very important factor towards maintaining the vehicle properly and keeping out of the repair shop for unnecessary repairs. It is also not uncommon for service centres to add on ‘repairs’ that your car may not actually need and if you have your workshop manual, you could use it as a guidance at the repair shop and only fix what needs fixing if you are unable to do the fixing yourself and if the service centre says otherwise, you could always point it out to them in the manual which they will not be able to argue against.

The role of the car workshop manual is most significant or important when your vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere and seemingly for no reason, your chances of getting it fixed and getting it going again could be right there in the car workshop manual. At this point, most of you reading this would probably be thinking, ‘okay this makes sense, but I don’t have the manual with me anymore, so what’s the point’? 

Well the point is that you probably would be able to obtain your specific car model’s workshop manual from certain websites and one of the most popular sites that seems to have the car workshop manual of almost every car out there since the 70’s is Happy hunting!

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