Most online automotive service databases require an expensive yearly subscription, and the price, excepting , is usually out of shadetree mechanics’ reaches. But free is always affordable. Chilton’s, long-time aftermarket service manual supplier, maintains an electronic database which Michigan residents can access free through the Michigan e-Library.
Some of the Chilton’s pages bring that tired “you get what you pay for” mantra to mind. Many procedures are explained only in the broadest terms, including frequent instances of the dreaded “installation is the reverse of removal” line. So it’s not as in-depth as a real manual, but the information on torque specs and bolt patterns is very good. The procedures make good checklists for competent mechanics to check their work, and to point out broad procedures to new hands.
You’ll need a Michigan driver’s license number to access the database; out-of-state readers may want to explore their state’s e-Library if it has one. Many physical libraries have consoles providing free access to all online material, including Chilton’s. Unfortunately, this too is confined to Michigan, barring interstate library programs of which I’m unaware.
Chilton’s [Michigan e-Library]