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Where to get Honda Owner's Manuals, service manuals and other technical information
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Owner Manuals & other info

American Honda Techinfo:
Owner Manuals can be downloaded for free from American Honda's own Techinfo site:
https://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/RJAAI001_OMANUAL.asp

Official training materials (and some equipment) can be had from the same site (for pay)., but only for those with US mailing addresses.

American Honda OwnerLink:
Warranty information, recalls and other information specific to your car may also be available free online from American Honda's Ownerlink site, but you have to register as a member first. It didn't work with Canadian VINs the last time I checked. I did manage to register, but using a fake VIN.
https://www.ahm-ownerlink.com/


Workshop manuals

Helm, Inc.
The Ur of Honda shop manuals is Helms. This is the real thing, and worth each and every penny if you decide to do anything more than change your oil. These are NOT cheap, neither in quality nor in price.  But you can often find used Helm/Honda manuals on eBay and other auction sites.
http://www.helminc.com/

Helm isn't cheap, but what is appallingly cheap are execrescences like Haynes and Chilton. If you must buy or use one of those, use it only to find out where your oil drain plug is, and maybe not even for that. Haynes and Chilton are notorious for omissions and errors, some of them serious.

Hondahookup:
http://www.hondahookup.com/manuals/
You must log in to obtain the manuals.

AutoZone:
http://www.autozone.com
Click on Repair Info from the menu at left, then Vehicle Repair Guides from the resulting drop-down menu.
As with EBSCO's repair information (see below), be careful! These are often generic instructions with varying degrees of consonance/dissonance with your actual Honda product.

Spoonhonda:
http://spoonhonda.com
Choose Manuals from the menu at the top of the Home page. This site has many online manuals, most of them not for North American cars. As with the British manuals above, be wary of what you're getting. What you see may not be at all applicable to your North American Honda.

EBSCOHost Research Databases:
http://search.ebscohost.com/
I include EBSCO here mostly because somebody will probably eventually tell you about  it. EBSCO's Repair Procedure documents are not really of much use, largely being generic instructions not specific to any particular make or model. Don't use EBSCO's Repair Procedures as a substitute for a good shop manual.
EBSCO is, however, otherwise a wonderful site with tons of excellent info, with everything from wiring diagrams to safety recalls to Technical Service Bulletins. The TSB database is mostly complete, which is nice.
It's all free and legally usable for personal, non-commercial use only.
There used to be a login for EBSCO that was freely available over the Web, but this has recently (Dec/08) been removed. You now need to login through the site of something like an educational institution, or your local public library. You need to obtain a username and password from the institution you choose, and you must enter through the provided link on that institution's Website. The login prompt varies depending on your institution. I have a login from my local public library's Website (the prompt asks only for my library card number).
Once into EBSCO, you choose Auto Repair Reference Center from the menu on the left, then navigate to your car.

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If you're patient, diligent, have a fast Internet connection and are savvy with P2P programs, there are some manuals and parts catalogs available via P2P. But I can't tell you which P2P program will find them for you, and that's an important part (hint: one that did work for the longest time was named after a horse-like animal). Of course, anything acquired over P2P has potential copyright and malware issues, so experiment at your own risk...

A couple of sources for used manuals:
eBay  http://www.ebay.com
Hemmings Motor News  http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/bookslitforsale/

Also, your local library will often have a good selection of manuals that you can copy pages from, so it's worth phoning them if nothing else is available.

Last updated: Feb05/09

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