2carpros.com is staffed by a number of volunteer "experts", both current and former mechanics. Donations are greatly appreciated but not required. Most of the people on this site will stick with you for days if necessary until a solution is found. Please include all relevant information and details in your first post. Engine size is important when asking about running problems. "Doesn't start" can mean a dozen different things so please describe all the symptoms, observations, and sounds. You will also find a large number of repair articles to help you perform service on your vehicle to professional standards. Go to 2carpros.com. You'll find me there as "caradiodoc".
Headquartered in my home state of Wisconsin, Rock Auto ships auto parts world-wide from over 200 manufacturers. Most parts listings include really nice photos and dimensions to be sure you're ordering the right parts. I use their site daily for reference.
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System Mechanic, (for your computer)
A few years ago I had seven hard drive crashes in the first five months of the year. Fortunately I can do most repairs myself, and I have a friend in the business computer repair field who I lean on a lot. But what if you don't know my friend? He charges $65.00 per hour which is somewhat below the typical going rate for this type of service. You might want to look into System Mechanic. Live help is available. Check for discount coupons in the ads on my various ignition systems pages
AllData for Do-It-Yourselfers
This is a nice alternative to manufacturers' paper service manuals that often cost over $100.00 per set for one car when they were still available. Single-car subscriptions start at $26.95 per year or $44.95 for five years. Schools and independent shops pay over $1000.00 per year for the same information for all models. You will have access to the same technical articles, service bulletins, wiring diagrams, repair procedures, and recalls that your mechanic has. Service bulletins cover known problems that were originally hard to diagnose. Improved or superceded part numbers are included. A big part of solving an elusive problem that defies logic and standard diagnostic techniques is in figuring out the cause. Often the actual repair is very simple and low cost. One service bulletin can save the cost of a trip to the mechanic.
I just did a search and found 78 service bulletins and one recall listed for my '88 Grand Caravan. Can't find that in my manufacturer's service manual.
You can view the information on two sample cars to see what it looks like. We used AllData on four computers in my auto shop and students were constantly accessing information. The online layout makes finding your topic easier than in paper manuals.
It seems it doesn't matter if it's our basic transportation or our kitchen appliances, the insane engineers can't seem to be able to build anything today without a computer board to complicate it. If you buy a replacement circuit board through the dealer, you'll often pay over half what that appliance cost new. What a racket! Here's a dandy alternative. Once you've completed a few repairs on your car and feel confident and are ready to save some more money, visit this site for parts and diagrams.
The intent of Randy's Repair Shop is not to teach basic electrical theory, but as a do-it-yourselfer, you may be interested in pursuing that to take the mystery out of that which you can't see. I'm amazed that this course costs less than 40 bucks. It covers more than my students learned in the 20 hours in our Electronics program before starting my Automotive Electrical class.