Check Out the Newly Updated RepairPal Encyclopedia

January 24, 2012

While the RepairPal blog is a great place to find out why our cars are the way they are and work they way they do, you may not always find what you are looking for here. If this happens, you might want to check out the newly revamped RepairPal Encyclopedia.

We are proud to announce we have recently completed a thorough review and update of our encyclopedia articles. Our encyclopedia contains information on each major automotive system and just about every major mechanical part. The articles are now written in clear language and also provide you with custom illustrations.

Included in each article is a list of possible symptoms you might experience if a car part is showing signs of wear or failure. Taking note of these warning signs can help prevent a mechanical breakdown that could leave you stranded on the side of the road. It may also help prevent a hefty repair bill down the line.

We have also included related repair advice, which explains related items or services that a shop might recommend to you when performing the repair. Many folks are fearful of the “up-sell” and are never quite sure if the extra service or part is really needed or if they are being taken for a ride. But if you are armed with this information and a shop tries to sell you something else, you’ll know whether or not you really need it.

Example of Symptoms and Related Repair Advice for Control Arm


The RepairPal Encyclopedia contains the most informative and easy to understand information on automotive systems and their parts you will find on the web. Combine that with our repair price estimator and you have two very powerful tools at your disposal when you need automobile repair information.

You will find the RepairPal Encyclopedia under the “Advice” tab on the top right of each RepairPal page. Please take the time to have a look—and let us know what you think!

About the Author

Jim Taddei has been in the automotive field since 1975 and has over 25 years of experience with General Motors products, achieving the designation of GM Master Technician. He is also currently certified as an ASE Master Technician, and holds an Advanced California Smog Check License. He has been the lead technician and team leader at a multi-line dealership. After leaving the dealership he spent a couple of years working in an independent shop and now uses his experience and expertise to help verify the quality of RepairPal Certified shops.

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By , February 02, 2012
Nice work, Jim (and team). The site just keeps getting better and better. Keep it up! David Sturtz