Patrons and automotive professionals can look to the public library for enhanced automotive reference information and professional development support with new additions to ChiltonLibrary, an online tool from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Trusted by automotive enthusiasts for more than 100 years, Chilton manuals provide “do-it-yourself” support for all skill levels. ChiltonLibrary, the continually updated resource for libraries, offers access to repair, maintenance, and service information on cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, and now includes ASE certification preparation for professionals (from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and an estimating tool to help consumers estimate repair costs and timing.
“With the addition of Chilton’s industry-standard proprietary labor times, patrons can evaluate repair estimates with confidence, while do-it-yourselfers can accurately gauge the time needed to complete a job themselves,” said Phil Faust, vice president and publisher for databases at Gale. “In addition, ASE test preparation questions enable automotive industry professionals to assess their readiness to take the next ASE exam which is often their ticket to career advancement.”
ChiltonLibrary provides step-by-step repair procedures as well as diagnostic trouble codes, descriptions, specifications, and troubleshooting for the most vehicle makes, models and years, while photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations) hasten and simplify complex tasks. Enhancements to the product include:
ASE Technician Sample Tests short sample tests, with content reviewed and approved by master technicians, that provide a high-level assessment of overall readiness to pass an ASE certification exam. Users gain a better understanding of their strengths and areas needing additional review. This feature supports the more than 300,000 automotive professionals nationwide who have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence and must renew their certification every five years.
Estimator Tool allows patrons to estimate repair costs and timing and, when used with Chilton’s service and repair information, better understand what work should be included in the estimate. Three versions of labor times are provided: the manufacturer warranty time (OEM recommendation for dealer technicians), the regular time (closer to what a do-it-yourselfer might experience), and the severe service time (for vehicles operated under severe conditions).
For more information on ChiltonLibrary, please visit gale.cengage.com/ChiltonLibrary/.
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