Library exploration: auto repair manuals and test drives in one convenient location
by Tina Kakuske, Director, Door County Library
Chilton, long the staple of auto repair manuals, has been used for years by those who work on cars, but manuals are big, bulky books that take up valuable shelf space when libraries collect them and store them. store.
Finding auto repair information has changed a lot over the years and auto repair databases are now easy to navigate online. All libraries in Wisconsin have access to BadgerLink, where many databases – including Auto Repair Source – are brought together for easy access.
Auto Repair Source contains “step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls” for “thousands of imported automobiles. and national ”.
Go to doorcountylibrary.org; click on Resource Tools; then click on the Auto Repair Source logo to search. Finding repair information is as easy as entering the year, make, model and engine type of the vehicle you are interested in. Repair information covers 1974 to 2022 and is sourced from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). All documents can be printed or saved and emailed.
Another vehicle-related resource is available on the Research Tools page of doorcountylibrary.org. Driving tests offer the opportunity to take practical driving tests for car, CDL (commercial driver’s license) and motorcycle licenses. The current Wisconsin Department of Transportation Motorist’s Manual is available in text, audio and PDF formats, and you will find the Wisconsin Commercial Drivers Handbook and the Wisconsin Biker Handbook also.
Several practice tests are provided free of charge, as well as an exam simulator. This site is valuable for those who learn the rules of the road, train before taking a driving test or simply retrain in driving a car.