POWER Library offers free auto repair resources with your library card

auto-repair-reference-centerDo you want to understand more about your vehicle before heading to the mechanic? Did you know you can get repair information and specifications for more than 35,000 vehicles for free from the state’s POWER Library at www.jvbrown.edu? All you need to access the information is your free library card!

The information in the Auto Repair Reference Center comes from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of the Chilton auto repair manuals. It has nearly 857,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, about 99,000 technical services bulletins and recalls, and more than 158,600 wiring diagrams.

The first step in using the AARC is to choose the year of the vehicle (anything from a 1954 Volkswagen Beetle to a 2014 Mazda6), then work through the make, model and engine specifications. Most vehicles have repair information, technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, full specifications, an estimator for labor times and costs, and diagnostic information.

Each screen has several tabs at the top of the screen: Vehicle Search will take you back to the initial search screen for the vehicles. The AutoIQ tab has short video presentation about the different parts and system of a vehicle. The topics include fuel management, heating and air conditioning, and brakes.

The Care & Repair Tips section opens a new window with links for almost everything you need to know about caring or and repairing your vehicle, from the necessary tools to buying parts and supplies. You can use this section to learn more about what your mechanic tells you, or to learn how to do basic maintenance yourself. Finally, the Troubleshooting tab is a great place to start to diagnose problems with your vehicle.

There are several ways you access the POWER Library: You can go there directly at www.powerlibrary.org and click on “List All E-Resources” at the top of the page or you can visit www.jvbrown.edu and click on “Online Resources”.

Need a free library card? You can get one at www.jvbrown.edu by clicking “Using the Library” and fill out the form. Or, you can stop in to the library at 19 E. Fourth St., from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.