My car is an old one, but a good one, and it’s in the shop this week. It’s minor stuff, but that got me thinking about Chilton Library.
If you have an older car like mine, or a newer car that’s experiencing some unexpected hiccups, it’s handy to have a trusted mechanic on speed dial. But if you’re of the DIY mentality, you’ve got your library, and for that, we’ve got Chilton Library. Chilton Library is a website that allows you to access (for free!) more than you ever wanted to know about your vehicle. It’s easy to use, too.
You just select the year (back to the 1940s), make, and model of your car from a series of drop-down menus, and you’re directed to loads of content, like repair information (including closed-captioned videos that show you how to do something, rather than tell you), service bulletins and recall notices, and maintenance info. Don’t know when you should replace your engine oil and filter? Or how? Chilton Library can help you with that and much more. It’s also great for diagrams. You can find schematics for everything from your compressor controls to your cruise control. The information here is detailed, too.
Here are some of the great things that Chilton Library offers:
- Maintenance and specification tables that provide the data you need for your specific vehicle.
- Step-by-step service and repair procedures that are supported by close-up graphics.
- Vacuum diagrams to help in troubleshooting.
- Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
- Close-up photographs and illustration that provide visual support.
Also handy is an easy-to-use print feature that allows you to print out the info you need to take it back to the garage with you. No sense in getting oil and grease on your laptop or tablet. Your library is here to help you, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to do that.
Having car trouble and would like to do it yourself? Check out Chilton Library. It’s free (the library already pays for it for you), and it’s easy to use. Go to www.lafourche.org, scroll down a bit and hover over the “Databases” link on the right-hand side. Click on “Library Databases” when it appears.If you’re accessing Chilton Library from outside the library, you’ll have to type in your library card number. (If you don’t have a library card, we can fix that; just stop by your local library branch with your photo ID and proof of residence.) Then, under “My Library’s Databases,” click on Chilton Library, and you’re all set. As always, let us know if you need any help.
We can’t help you change your brake pads, but we can show you how to use Chilton Library.