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Where to get Honda Owner's Manuals, service
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American Honda Techinfo:
Owner Manuals can be downloaded for free from American Honda's own
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.
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
oil. These are NOT cheap, neither in quality nor in price.
But you can often find used Helm/Honda manuals on eBay and other
Helm isn't cheap, but what is appallingly cheap are
Haynes and Chilton. If you
must buy or use one of those, use it only to find out where your
drain plug is, and maybe not even for that. Haynes and Chilton are
notorious for omissions and errors, some of them serious.
You must log in to obtain the manuals.
Click on Repair Info from the menu at left, then Vehicle
Guides from the resulting drop-down menu.
As with EBSCO's repair information (see below), be careful! These are
instructions with varying degrees of consonance/dissonance with your
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:
I include EBSCO here mostly because somebody will probably eventually
tell you about it. EBSCO's Repair Procedure
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
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
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.
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
A couple of sources for used manuals:
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