New cars and other vehicles come with their respective manuals, just like most new devices or gadgets. It does not have instructions on how to drive your car because this is something that you already should have learned while you were in driving school. What it provides instead are guides on how you can use your car’s various features and components such as defroster, air conditioning, heater, and many others. Depending on your car’s manufacturer, it may also include reminders and tips on basic car maintenance and responsible car ownership.
A car owner’s manual is, however, not the same as a car repair guide or manual. The former deals with the basic information on operating and maintaining a car’s features. The latter deals with auto repair. A repair manual may also contains instruction and tips on using and maintaining your car, but it concentrates on giving comprehensive guides in system repairs and replacement of auto parts. Car repair manuals are useful when you need to fix small issues on your own or if you want to save money on car repair shop bills.
Because of the large number of topics that car repair manuals can cover, it would be hard to put them all in just a single document or book. In fact, we could probably produce thousands of pages of repair guides if we were to compile all the different kinds of repairs one can do in a car. Because of this, repair manuals typically come in various types, whether in print or online.
Generic car repair manuals cover basic troubleshooting of the most commonly replaced parts like turn signals, fuses, and windshield wiper inserts. They can even be used as guides for so many makes and models of vehicles because they are generic.
Vehicle-specific repair manuals are also available like generic car repair manuals. Their content is practically the same as the generic repair manuals. However, they are especially made for specific car makes and models. They provide instructions that are tailored to certain types of cars making them suitable for more complex repairs.
If you want to do your car’s troubleshooting and repairs yourself, make sure that you are consulting the right kind of auto repair manual. Refer to a generic repair manual for basic troubleshooting guides and a vehicle-specific repair manual if the issue is unique to your vehicle. As long as you have the correct auto repair guide in your hands, learning and performing repairs on your car should be straightforward and effortless.