Just like with almost any new gadget or appliance, each brand-new vehicle comes with a manual. It doesn’t provide the basic instructions on how to drive your vehicle-you should have already learned that in driving school. What a car owner’s manual provides are explanations on how to use the car’s different components and features, such as the windshield wipers, defroster, turn signal lights, etc. And depending on the car’s manufacturer, the manual may also contain tips and reminders on basic car maintenance (like when to replace your tires), defensive driving (appropriate use seat belt and airbag), and responsible car ownership.
However, don’t confuse a car owner’s manual with a car repair guide. If the first deals with the basic how-to’s in operating a car’s different systems, a car repair manual deals with, well, auto repair. Like a car owner’s manual, a repair manual may still contain illustrations, instructions, and tips on how to use and maintain your car, but it’s more focused on providing comprehensive instructions in system repairs and auto parts replacement. And if you think that car repair has a very wide coverage that it should be hard to put them all in a single manual, you couldn’t be more correct.
If we’re going to compile all kinds of repairs one can do in a car, we’d probably be able to produce literally tens of thousands of pages of car repair instructions. That’s why auto repair manuals-whether in print or soft/online copy-come in different kinds. There is the generic car repair guide that covers basic troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of the most commonly replaced components such as turn signals, windshield wiper inserts, and fuses. And because they’re generic, they can be referred to for repairing different vehicle makes and models.
If there are generic repair manuals, there are also vehicle-specific repair manuals. These basically have the same content as the generic manuals. But because they’re specifically made for certain vehicle makes and models, they could provide instructions on more complicated and vehicle-specific diagnoses and auto repairs.