Sno-Isle Libraries brings ALLDATA repair help to homebound mechanics

With the current public-health emergency forcing closure of Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries, staff has been working to expand access to services for customers to use at home.

One of those resources is ALLDATA, the vehicle repair resource for professional mechanics that is normally only available in community libraries.

Man with wrenches looks under hood of a pickup truck
If you have some mechanical ability and tools, you can use ALLDATA online resources to make repairs or perform maintenance on your car or light truck.

With library buildings closed for the time being, ALLDATA has temporarily extended at-home access with 100 open licenses for Sno-Isle Libraries customers, said Sno-Isle Libraries Research Librarian Michael Hawkins said.

ALLDATA provides repair information for every passenger car and light-duty truck sold in the United States from model years 1982-2020. It includes maintenance guides, diagnostic trouble codes for a “check engine light,” factory technical service bulletins, specifications, diagrams and more. 

Customers can also access the Technician’s Reference tab to see the same information their mechanic would use to make a repair. The Community tab offers more links to repair questions and verified answers, searchable by vehicle.

To access ALLDATA from your personal computer, go to sno-isle.org/research/cars-trucks, then click on All-Data Auto Repair. When the new window opens, log in as “snoisletemp” for the user name and password.

First-time users will have to download and install the online setup tool, and then login again as “snoisletemp.”

Once logged in, select an available green site license button to access the full vehicle database. Log out to release the site license for another customer.

One Sno-Isle Libraries customer used ALLDATA resources at home and shared the experience with Hawkins.

“Thank you for ALLDATA,” the customer wrote. “I used it to fix my daughter’s car. Couldn’t have done it without it. I could not go in the library so this was very helpful. Thank you. You guys rock.”