Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chilton Library: Your Source for Auto Repair Information

If you like to work on cars and trucks, you're probably familiar with the Chilton auto repair manuals. Now your library card gives you online access to the information from those manuals, through a database called Chilton Library. To get to Chilton Library, go to the library's website at mytpl.org and click "Research" in the navigation bar. Now go to "Databases by Name" and find Chilton Library under "C". Or just use this short link: bit.ly/chilton1. When prompted, enter your library card number.

As you can see, the Chilton Library homepage lets you choose the year, make, and model of the vehicle you want to work on. Let's say you have a 2006 Chevy Colorado. Enter this information in the Vehicle Selector, as shown below, and hit "Select."

You can view information on repair, maintenance, and bulletins/recalls. If you click on "Repair", you'll see a page like this:

Let's say you want to replace the water pump. On the left side of the page, click: Engine Cooling > Repair Instructions > Water Pump Replacement, as shown below. Now you will see the illustrated instructions for replacing the water pump, along with links to related tasks, such as removing the fan and drive belt. To print the instructions, go to Print Content, on left side of the page.

Chilton Library really does give you a whole library of auto repair information, and all you need is a library card and internet connection. If you have any questions, call the Reference Department at 876-5861, ex. 2. Happy auto repairs!