July 17, 2013
Want to fix your car, but don’t know how? ChiltonLibrary.com is the place to go for automotive repair information for the DIYer. I recently used it to check the scheduled maintenance on my old, 1999 Plymouth Breeze that has nearly 200,000 miles (It is going to be an exciting day when it clicks over from 199,999 to 200,000).
The organization is pretty simple on this database. On the first page, you use three drop-down menus to choose your vehicle (year, make, and model). Then, you are presented with three sections to explore: Repair, Maintenance, or Bulletins/Recalls. For my case, I clicked 'Maintenance.' From there, you can filter your result to be even more specific, for example, if you have an automatic or standard transmission.
You can either enter your vehicle’s mileage to see what the next scheduled maintenance is, or you can see the whole chart. I entered my mileage at 200,000 miles and was promptly told by a pop-up that the last scheduled maintenance was due at 97,500 miles. Luckily, I was still able to view the entire chart of maintenance. By looking at the chart, I can see, for example, that I need to change my spark plugs every 30,000 miles and inspect the drive belts every 15,000 miles.
If you are a DIY person or you just want to see if you can repair your car without going to a mechanic, then you definitely need to give ChiltonLibrary.com a try. You can use it from the Library or at home. There is even an app you can download for Android or iOS.