Auto Repair Source

Here’s a quick tour of what the database offers:

Click on the ARS logo above. If prompted to log in, enter your library card number as your ID. Your password is usually the last 4 digits of your telephone number.

Thanks to the Auto Repair Source, you have the Chilton Total Car Care Series repair manuals, and more, right at your fingertips! Now you can look up repair, safety, and technical information for your vehicle anytime, anywhere. Check the database for the parts you need before you hit the store, and even use it to estimate how much time it will take you to repair your vehicle. The database also allows you to quick-search and print the information you need. The database is updated frequently with repair procedures, and monthly or quarterly with Technical Service Bulletins. Auto Repair Source goes all the way back to 1945, contains loads of detailed illustrations and graphics, and even offers video tutorials.

The homepage asks you to select the year of the vehicle you want to repair or read about.

From there, select the make, model, and submodel (if applicable) of the vehicle. A list will appear with Repair Topics, and any Service Bulletins, Recalls, and Diagrams.

Click on Repair Procedures to bring up the Repair Data. Navigate to the part of the vehicle that you need using the manual’s menu on the left. Use the search feature to bring up general information on a topic. Under the General Information and Maintenance section, you can find recommended maintenance intervals, information on tools and supplies, and more. Below is an example of how to install an oil pan for a 2006 Buick Allure.

The blue tabs at the top right of the database site contain additional helpful information. “Auto IQ” allows you to watch videos that explain auto parts, what they look like, and where they are located in the vehicle.

The Care and Repair Tips tab gives helpful hints as well as background information on your automobile. The example below shows the Theory of Air Conditioning. You can also find information on everything from government regulation to trailer towing.

Finally, the Troubleshooting tab allows you to consult the database for problems. Is the engine making a knocking noise? Do the brakes produce a burning odor? You might find the explanation to the problem in the Troubleshooting section.

Enjoy navigating this user-friendly and comprehensive database!