So when people send me questions and I tell them they should find a cheap service manual they e-mail me back and say... what "do you think I'm rich". I say it's only $12 and they say if I had $12 I could buy a new car. I then tell them that if I had to do this specific repair that I would find a service manual to follow. If I didn't follow the service manual I could do damage to the vehicle and extend the repair time.
Yes there is a chance that you can go on the Internet and browse through different automotive forums and find the answers. But when it comes to fixing the vehicle it is hard to beat the information that originates from the factory. The service manual for your vehicle has extremely efficient diagnostic charts for solving many car problems.
When the diagnosis has pinpointed a failed component this very same service manual can provide instructions on how find (component location diagrams, part numbers, average costs, repair time) and replace that specific part. With diagnosis and repair procedures available in one location it really is hard to beat these reference materials that have been specifically prepared for your individual make and model.
Service manuals are inexpensive
The price that we put on our time varies with the individual. Some lawyers feel that their time is worth $487 an hour. Others feel that their time is worth eight dollars an hour. If your time is worth eight dollars an hour spending two hours on the Internet trying to find a service manual for free has eclipsed the $12 it would cost to buy the professional factory version.
I know how you feel when $12 is a lot of money. In my town unemployment is around 25% and you can get a pizza for under $10. When faced with the decision of whether to get a pizza or an auto repair manual as long as your car is still driving you will probably choose the pizza. Just remember that if you can't find the information that you need to fix your car for free then it is available at a reasonable cost.
When it comes to free information I provide a lot of it on this website. I have drive belt diagrams for free that are very popular. The problem is that it may not be the stuff that you are looking for. But just in case it is this next link will take you to the blog homepage for online auto repair. There you can see the most recent articles and see if the information can help you out or not.