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Care for Your Car!

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April is National Car Care Month and we have the resources you need to maintain and repair your vehicle or to explore your interest in automobiles. We offer two databases, Mitchell’s ProDemand (In Library use only) and Chilton Library (In Library or remotely accessible), for maintenance, repair and wiring diagrams of domestic and foreign cars, trucks and vans. If you do not have a computer or feel uncomfortable using one, please call (330) 744-8636, or email us at reference@libraryvistit.org, and we will be happy to print or email the instructions for a needed repair. 

Mitchell’s ProDemand— In Library Access Only
ProDemand contains automotive diagnostic and repair information for most foreign and domestic cars and trucks from model year 1983 to the present. Includes service manuals, wiring diagrams, factory technical service bulletins, and maintenance schedules and tables 

Chilton Library (Gale) 
The online version of the popular Chilton Total Car Care do-it-yourself print manual with photos, illustrations, videos, animated graphics and repair procedures help to simplify even the most difficult of auto repair tasks. This database has cars dating back to 1901!  

Chilton Library offers some National Care Car Month Tips:  

  • Add hair conditioner (with lanolin) to your soap and your car will shine and repel rain.  
  • Putting your key fob to your chin will increase its range.  
  • A plunger will remove small dents.  
  • Use wet newspaper to remove stubborn stickers on car windows.  
  • Toothpaste will clean foggy headlights and paint scuffs. 

At the Main Library, we have factory service manuals dating from 1915 to around 2000, depending on the make and model. Most of the collection covers domestic automobiles, but some foreign vehicles are included as well. The service manuals are for In Library use only, but we have some Chilton, Haynes, and Clymer manuals that may be checked out. We even have a set of Hollander Interchange Manuals for vehicles manufactured before 2005. 

Do you enjoy automobile magazines? Check out these titles, available as either print copies or as Flipster digital magazines: 

  • Car & Driver
  • Hemming’s Motor News (available in-print only)
  • Hot Rod
  • Motor Trend
  • Old Cars Price Guide (available in-print only)
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Road & Track 

The weather has been perfect for a drive, so take care of your car and hit the road! 

Michele Mellor

Michele Mellor is a Reference Librarian based at Main Library, where she has been striving to bring order to the universe of knowledge for over 30 years. She loves helping people, so ask her those reference questions! She enjoys reading microhistories and books that expand her horizons leavened by brain-candy romance novels.