Fix your car yourself with the help of Chilton’s online |

Fix your car yourself with the help of Chilton’s online

Jordan Fields
Digital Services Librarian

There’s no better time than summer to learn to do repairs or upgrades on your own car or truck. With our online databases, Chilton’s Automotive and Auto Repair Reference Center, the Garfield County Libraries can help you figure out what you need to do to fix your vehicle and keep it in good working order.

Chilton’s has been the trusted name in auto repair manuals for years, and some libraries carry many well-used Chilton’s manuals on the shelves. What many do-it-yourself-ers don’t realize is that we also have an online database with the same information as well as a few additional features. Chilton’s Automotive online offers repair and maintenance information on thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from 1940 to present. That’s more than seven decades of information. Chilton’s also directly integrates with eBay Motors to help you find the parts you need to get the job done.

The library also offers a second vehicle repair database: Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC). This database offers much of the same information as Chilton’s, but presented in a slightly different way. ARRC highlights diagnostic information, making it easier to figure out what’s wrong with your car. ARRC also features AutoIQ, a series of videos explaining the different parts of cars and how they work. AutoIQ is perfect for someone who wants to learn how to service their own car, but isn’t sure where to start.

What’s great about both of our auto repair databases is that they are constantly being updated with the latest information and they’re available to you 24/7. For the most popular vehicles, you can compare information between databases to get a complete picture. If you have an older or less-popular model, you should check both databases to find the repair and maintenance information you need.

Chilton’s Automotive and Auto Repair Reference Center can be accessed from the library’s website,, by going to “Research” and then clicking the “Transportation” category or on “Databases A-Z.”

For assistance using these or any of our other databases, or for any other research questions, contact your local branch library.

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