Where to Find the Free Online Auto Repair Manual You Need?

If you need an online auto repair manual that can help you precisely fix your problem, the internet has an incredible amount of car care information. What you won’t find however, is a Chiltons or a Haynes auto repair manual, because they’re copyrighted material. You don’t need them anyway, because there are a lot of good car repair web sites with individual pages or articles that can solve your specific problem.

In fact, you’ll find articles on all kinds of car fix and vehicle maintenance topics, such as

  • auto body repairs
  • automatic transmission replacement
  • bleeding brakes
  • car audio systems fix
  • changing oil
  • finding the causes for a bearing failure
  • how to install a replacement ignition system
  • how to upgrade an exhaust system
  • troubleshooting car stalling
  • troubleshooting car starting problems

and much more.

Here is a good place to search for vehicle fix manuals: Go to the search site at 10w40.com and type in the problem you want to solve – and the likelihood of finding the instructions you need is high. On this website you can also post your problem on an advice and discussion board, and get your problem solved almost instantly by an expert in this repair field or by an ordinary person who has experienced your problem and solved it already or might know where to go to get the answer you need. And it doesn’t cost you a cent.

There are many other good websites where you can get an online auto repair manual that will fit your needs. Go to Google.com and type in [the problem you want an answer to]+repair manuals, and you should find lots of valuable vehicle repair resources that might solve your problem.

Auto Detailing – Save Your Knees and Find a Knee Pad Solution

A couple of years ago, I talked to a gentleman at Starbucks who was on disability. He had worked for a carpet installation company and had blown out his knees, both of them and could hardly walk, and one could not be repaired, although they tried by putting in some titanium. He admitted it did help for a while, but his knee was simply to tore up inside. You see, those that install carpets often use their knees to help pound the nails in the baseboard during installations as he explained it to me. Interestingly enough, I understand how important it is to save your knees because previously I was a tack star and later had raced street motorcycles, and also had done quite a bit of auto detailing. Okay so let’s talk shall we?

If you are in the auto detailing business you will be on your knees quite a bit cleaning wheels, under carriages, and putting on wax of vehicles which are very low to the ground, like most exotic sports cars. This means you have to get down and dirty, but in doing so you will be working in a parking lot if you are doing mobile detailing with gravel around, or you will be working on a cement floor inside of an auto detailing shop, those are very hard surfaces, and they can be quite challenging if you are in that position on your knees for long periods of time.

There are several auto detailing catalogs which have very small cushioned mats which are between six and 8 inches wide and 2 feet long with a handle on them, on one end. These work perfectly, and they are an ideal solution for an auto detailer. Best of all you can clip them to a work cart using a carabiner that rock climbers use. Another strategy is to get ahold of the type of knee pads that soccer players use from a sports store. Although they are not as good, they will save your knees. If you are an auto detailer you may put one on only one knee, and kneel down on that each time. Every few days you might wear it on the other knee, so you are not favoring one leg over the other. Always buy the fabric washable kind.

It’s amazing how simple things and proper ergonomic procedures can help you in your auto detailing this. If you are detailing aircraft, especially light aircraft, or small business jets, it is often very hard to clean the underbelly, or the bottom of the wings with one knee on the ground, either on the flight line or in a hangar on the hangar floor. Protect your knees so you don’t have to become a disabled auto detailer. Please consider all this and think on it.

What Is Car Detailing and Auto Detailing?

Car detailing is the extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of a car, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. It is big in America where it is called auto detailing but it is catching on in the UK.

Car detailing is essential if you are planning to show your car. However, even if you are not taking your vehicle to a show it is still a worthwhile activity if you are planning to sell your car or if you just like it to look its best.

When the exterior of the car is being detailed, the paint, chrome, wheels, trim, windows and tyres are all thoroughly cleaned and shined. Everything needs to be cleaned, polished and protected. Car detailing products are available for all of the processes – from specialist detergents, waxes and cloths to detail clay.

For the exterior, mechanical polishers are also available for the process of correcting, to produce a top-quality polish. A very thin layer of clear coat will be removed to get rid of fine scratches and swirls.

Clay is used to clean dirt such as bugs and tar from the clear coat. These will not come off with weekly washing. The clay is gently moved across the car as it picks up all of the dirt, leaving a smooth finish.

The waxes are the one of the most expensive products in the detailing process but they protect the car and make the fantastic finish that you achieve with the polishing last a lot longer.

The interior detailing involves cleaning the dash, seats, windows and panels. If possible, the seats are removed to allow greater access. It is best to start with a thorough vacuum to remove the worst of the dirt and the finer cleaning is done with brushes, cotton buds and upholstery cleaners.

Engine detailing is also possible and involves the use of detergents and de-greasers to spruce up under the bonnet.

Detailing a car can be done by the owner or a specialist company can be used. Given the amount of time it will take to do it is obviously far cheaper if you can do it yourself.

Trusted products should be used and they can easily be found online. You will find car detailing forums where people can help you out and recommend techniques and products and if you find a great new product you can share it with the community.

Compared with the price of a car re-spray, detailing is good value for money and helps preserve the value of your car.

A good day’s detailing will leave your car with a stunning looking finish and in pristine condition. You will be able to see vivid reflections in all of the surfaces, the paint will be glass-smooth, the leather will have an even matt finish and the glaze and wax combination will have deepened and enriched the shine. Your car will never have looked so good…

Auto Detailing and Mobile Car Washing – Doing Business With Ugly Duckling and Rent-A-Wreck

If you own a mobile car wash company or auto detailing firm sometimes the best clientele are companies, which are normally not sought by your competitors due to the stigma of their brand name. But I would advice such mobile cleaning service companies to re-consider such quick judgments and let me tell you why.

With Ugly Duckling and Rent-A-Wreck there is much work in washing and detailing for their car sales lots. As these companies expand we see much potential in the washing for them. For instance Ugly Duckling had our company in San Antonio TX wash all of their cars. They have several more dealerships in Austin TX to sell their used cars as well. Each lot has about 100 cars and takes about an hour to complete. Our team does had done an excellent job keeping them happy. Rent-A-Wreck also has Rent-A-Cars in Florida, California, Arizona and all over Texas in Dallas, Amarillo, Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville and Lubbock. Ugly Duckling has many locations and you can visit their web site to see if they are in your area.

They are in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California. They have 85 sales lots in 8 states and they are growing. We saw another one being built in College Station TX when we drove through. Their corporate office is in Phoenix and they sell just over 3800 cars per month on average. Rent-A-Wreck is an awesome company to work with. They have over 400 agency offices and are in nearly every state. They are a publicly traded company also.

I would advise any Auto Detailing Company or Mobile Car Washing firm to consider these possible accounts if they have locations in your region of operation and not allow the silly names to cloud your judgment. We have found success in doing business with both Ugly Duckling Rent a Car and Rent-A-Wreck. If you are looking to expand your customer base you ought to go in and ask them if they need your services. So, consider all this in 2006.

Do You Want to Outsource Your Auto Detailing?

All organizations must evaluate their core competencies. As an Auto Dealership, selling, servicing, and repairing cars are definitely at your core.  What about washing and detailing cars?

Conversations with General Managers, Sales Managers, and Service Managers indicate that managing the detail department is frustrating:

  • Fixed cost for a variable service
  • High turnover, less professional worker
  • Artistic personality – visual thinkers do not mesh with the technical workforce of a dealership
  • Control of chemicals and equipment is time consuming and distracting
  • Performance is critical to the overall CSI score

Outsourcing to a professional company with standards, processes, and ethics can be a great way to simplify a basic process and if done correctly turn it into a strategic partnership – an auto detailing service that works.

Variable cost structure.  By negotiating a per car price for each type of service, you take a fixed cost and make it variable.   In addition, by pricing the make ready and sales delivery services into one price, you know exactly what investment you will have in a vehicle.

No more staffing issues.   Find an outsource company that provides onsite management, as well as area and marketing management support.  You end up with a depth of expertise and support for no extra cost.  The cost of hiring including ads, interviewing, background checks, and motor vehicles reports is moved to the outsource partner.

Lower the cost of damages.   Part of the business of detailing and washing cars is that accidents will happen.  By using an outsource company the cost of damages associated with detailing is the responsibility of the organization causing the damage.  This should reduce out of pocket deductible costs and lower insurance premiums.

Invest in a Partnership rather than Purchase a Commodity.  The real opportunity in outsourcing the detail process is in selecting a “professional company” as a partner – more than just a car wash company.

Our sources indicate that with focus and clear performance goals and outsource company can help improve CSI scores by providing new and pre-owned cars for customer delivery that meet customer expectations.  The most common reason for a low score on a survey is the car was not clean and presentable – from a car owner’s perspective.

A partner realizes that they are working in the “dealership’s house.”  Although they recognize they are a guest on your property, (using your bays, water and electricity), they understand that they need to understand your business as a member of the dealership team.

A partner will offer services which the dealership can mark up and gain additional revenues:  touch up paint, odor removal, pin striping, tin removal, headlight restoration, etc.

Overall, by outsourcing the auto detail function at a dealership and selecting the right strategic partner, an auto dealership should be able to get the best from and auto detailing service:

  • Move a fixed cost to a variable one
  • Simplify staffing headaches
  • Add services to expand customer offerings and profit dollars
  • Improve consistency of the detail quality