Car technical information, TSBs,
diagrams and repair manuals for DIY repairs
We often receive questions about where to find specific car or truck repair manual or other technical information, such as Technical Service Bulletins (TSB), certain diagrams, or specifications such as correct transmission fluid type, torque specifications, check engine light codes and so on.
To help you get this type of information, we have partnered with Alldata DIY website where you can get an instant access to automotive diagnostic and repair information for a small fee. We use this website often ourselves. This is the type of information auto repair shops use. You can try their demo to see how it works. Here is the link: ALLDATAdiy
What you can find there:
Recalls - important information about potential vehicle problems discovered by the auto manufacturers.
Diagnostic procedures - with troubleshooting charts, diagrams, specifications, procedures, etc.
Repair manual - With the torque specifications, instructions, part numbers, diagrams, standard procedures, etc.
Check Engine Light codes - with description and troubleshooting procedure for a certain trouble code.
Specifications - For example, fuel tank capacity, engine oil capacity, what type of fluid to use in an automatic transmission or in a rear differential, mechanical specifications, such as compression, torque, oil pressure etc.
Component location - you can find, where is a certain component or a part located in your car or truck
Diagrams - various diagrams such as an electrical wiring diagram, a car stereo connection diagram, a vacuum diagram, a drive belt ( serpentine belt) diagram, a timing belt diagram with installation marks, etc.
Here are the sample diagrams:
Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) - Bulletins are issued by auto manufacturers for the dealer service departments. Technical Service Bulletins describe some common problems with a certain model vehicle and the proper way to repair such problems.
Your car doesn't start or has some other intermittent problem and the dealer "could not duplicate"? You may want to check Technical Service Bulletins for your vehicle, maybe it's a known problem and the manufacturer knows how to fix it. Planning to repair your vehicle yourself? Again, it's worth to check the Technical Service Bulletins first. Just as an example, a friend of mine had annoying "ticking" or "rattling" noise in his SUV, that happened only under certain condition. The dealer "could not duplicate." We checked the TSBs and found that this was a well-known problem, and the TSB described a simple solution: to install few new felt pieces under the plastic panel, which was done in minutes the problem was gone.
Another advantage checking for Technical Service Bulletins for your car is that in some cases you may find out that the repair might be actually covered by manufacturer, which possibly can save you some money. It's also a lot easier to deal with a dealer's service department when you can back up you repair claim by presenting a copy of TSB related to the problem you are having with your car.
In addition, you can find a lot more information about your car at this website, such as the VIN information, description of acronyms used, conversion tables, how to reset "maintenance required" or "change oil" light, etc.