Getting your hands on a Volvo repair manual is a pretty easy thing to do nowadays. Amazon carries a number of different manuals depending on the make, model and age of your particular Volvo. There are two major brands of repair manuals available, Chilton and Haynes. Below is a quick rundown of these brands.
Do I Need a Repair Manual? – While every Volvo has an owners manual which will provide basic information on when routine maintenance needs to be done, as well as simple instructions on how your Volvo systems work. Unfortunately it lacks the detail needed for more extensive repairs. If you only need to change a light bulb or check the oil, an owners manual should fit the bill, but if you are attempting a major repair or enjoying doing scheduled maintenance yourself, then a repair manual is a must have.
Can I Do it? – When considering an auto repair manual it is important to take into account your mechanical abilities. Auto repair can be difficult and not everyone has the skills and knowledge necessary to complete major repairs. If you feel repairs are above your skill level it may be best to let a professional do the work.
What’s in a Repair Manual – Both brands of repair manuals have very detailed instructions and photos that will make repairs and scheduled maintenance easy to perform. These manuals include engine repair, brake repair, tune up procedures, information on the heating and cooling systems as well as trouble codes, wiring diagrams and diagnostic charts.
Where to Buy – Repair manuals are widely sold in the major book stores, online bookstores such as Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and your local used bookstore. You can often find used versions on eBay as well. The majority of auto parts stores carry repair manuals as well. Repair manuals are sold by make, model and a year range, so if you were searching for a Volvo c30 repair manual you would need to find the manual for the c30 and the correct year range.
Chilton – Chilton is a major publisher of repair manuals and has been in business for 80 years. They publish a wide range of manuals that cover most cars on the road. They sell a range of books aimed at professional mechanics as well as do-it-yourself books for weekend mechanics. Chilton repair manuals are priced between $15.00-$25.00 and get high marks from both do-it-yourself folks and professionals.
Haynes – Haynes has been printing repair manuals since 1956 and is a leading supplier of manuals. Just like Chilton, they offer a complete line of manuals covering most vehicles. They also offer manuals for motorcycles, ATVs and scooters. Visit their website to search for manuals by year, make and model as well as look up other information on car repair. Haynes is well loved by its customers and gets high rankings on reviews.
How to Choose – Chilton and Haynes provide much of the same information, but there is variations in how the information is presented. The best way to choose a manual is to visit a bookstore and compare the two brands. A repair manual can be a somewhat personal choice so it is best to look at your options and make a decision on what is best for you.
Finding a Volvo xc90 repair manual, or a manual for any other Volvo car is pretty easy. They can be purchased at most bookstores, auto repair shops and online.