I know it’s a big claim, and believe me I hesitated writing this page on my website. See, for a long time I was pushing online repair manuals from Alldata and Mitchell1. I made some money, and in all fairness, they have a great product. The online manuals gave excellent repair information, had the exploded views and wiring diagrams that I needed to fix my car plus kept me up to date on recalls and TSB information.
Well something has shaken up the industry and it’s this… Alldata was bought by AutoZone and they made the decision to release most of their DIY Repair information to the public on their website AutoZone.com.
How to get your free repair information?
- 1. Go to AutoZone.com
- 2. Create a free account
- 3. Add a vehicle* and access the repair manuals!
- 4. Share this page with friends and family and be the hero!
Could not be any easier. Kinda short sighted in my opinion though. They are hoping you will buy parts from them, which is ok, and they can still sell their professional product to garages across the land.
*The information on their website is a little tough to navigate, and not ALL the procedures are there plus they don’t cover all vehicles (Honda, Acura and a few others), but you can always buy an online manual from Mitchell1 or Alldata
Are there other free sources of repair manuals?
Yes, you can always do a google search and dig through forums where members post pages of information at a time. There are also file sharing sites which promise full PDF files of the repair manuals, if you can get past the SPAM, Malware and Viruses you end up downloading. Please note, these other methods are illegal and not a recommended way to procure an auto repair manual. Someone took the time to document the procedures and grabbing their work for free is stealing plain and simple. As they say, nothing in life is free, and you usually get what you pay for!