Last month, we added a new automobile repair database to replace AllData. The new database is called Auto Repair Source (formerly known as AutoMate) and, unlike AllData, it can be used remotely from home! Powered by MOTOR Information Systems, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Auto Repair Source is completely free to use with a valid FRVPLD card. The steps below will show you how to access Auto Repair Source and provide an overview of the content and features available.
How to Access
- From the library’s homepage, click on “Research.”
- You’ll get a list of resources in alphabetical order. Scroll down a little bit to the end of the “As” and click on “Auto Repair Source.”
- You’ll be taken to another screen with a list of a few different resources listed. Scroll down and click on “Auto Repair Source.”
- You’ll be taken to the Auto Repair Source home page.
Using Auto Repair Source
Towards the top of the screen, there are some drop down boxes where you can choose the year, make and model of your vehicle. Once you choose your vehicle, a list of options will come up on the far left side of the screen. This list is in alphabetical order by the type of part or by the vehicle system. Simply click on a category to get more specific information. Within these categories, you’ll see step-by-step instructions, printable diagrams, and more. There is also a search bar above the list of categories that you can use to search for a specific part, error code, and more.
Auto Repair Source is a powerful, authoritative automobile repair database. It can be used remotely at home, as well as in the library. The Auto Repair Source website is mobile friendly, so it works well on a variety of devices. Have questions, want more information, or want help using Auto Repair Resource? Please stop by the Information Desk, call 847-428-3661 and ask for the Information Desk, or send an email at LibraryHelp@frvpld.info and we’d be happy to help you!