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When it comes to auto repair, do-it-yourselfers and students in the automotive trades have trusted Chilton manuals for years. Now these exceptional resources are available to your library's patrons in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database offered only by Gale. This 24-hour on-call "mechanic" provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented. With more than 50 years of information on actual auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Photos, illustrations and repair procedures help to simplify even the most arduous tasks.

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Features and Benefits

  • Step-by-step instructions that provide a one-stop source for answers.
  • Videos and animations that show how to complete repairs.
  • Close-up photos and images to enhance understanding of the text.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Troubleshooting and diagnostic information that help pinpoint searches.
  • Maintenance and specification tables that highlight key information.

What's New

  • Import vehicles from 2001-05 now included.
  • Improved search functionality — users can leverage the 'nested tree' menu or conduct a keyword search from the same page.
  • Better printability — smaller content chunks and improved navigation means printing is much easier.
  • Clearer navigation: headings have neen made much more consistent throughout the content and a 'breadcrumb trail' is now available at the top of every page.
  • Maintenance schedules, one of the most used features, are now available on their own tab.
  • Monthly content updates (it was annually before).
  • Drop down menu (nested tree) is expanded to cover more materials. For example, we now provide 'trouble codes' to help users easily identify the problem with their vehicle (today's computerized systems provide trouble codes but no explanation of what that code is).


“Brought to users by an authority on automotive information, ChiltonLibrary gives experts and novices the chance to find information to fulfill their automotive interests and needs. Auto experts can further develop their skills while novices will gain the information necessary to satisfy their curiosity and accomplish at-home repairs. Strong in user-­friendliness and value for the general public, this product is highly recommended for public libraries and other institutions interested in the automotive field.”

— Katie McGaha

“The simple and easy-to-use database is ideal for any library . . . ”

— Rebecca Vnuk