Key Information You’ll Find in Your Car Manual

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Whether you purchase a new or used vehicle, every car should come with an owner’s manual to help you operate and/or troubleshoot your vehicle correctly. This instructional guide is filled with a ton of information, which can be overwhelming.

That’s why we’ve curated a list of key information you’ll find in your car owner’s manual.

  1. How to set up your vehicle
    Cars with certain technological features (i.e. keyless entry, delayed lighting, sound system, etc.) may require some additional setup on the owner’s end. Information found in your car manual can help guide you on how to properly set up these systems and features.

  2. How to check your fluids
    According to, some car fluid should be checked hot and others read more accurately when checked cold. Your car manual should have information on how to accurately check and measure fluids in your vehicle.

  3. How to troubleshoot common car issues
    If you wind up stranded on the side of the road due to car trouble, your car owner’s manual should include information on how to deal with common emergencies such as changing a flat tire or jumpstarting your vehicle.

  4. How to clean and maintain your vehicle
    While getting your car washed and detailed are typical car-cleaning methods, your vehicle may require special needs for cleaning your upholstery and other areas of your vehicle, which can be found in your car owner’s manual.

  5. What your warranty covers
    If/when you run into car problems, there are certain parts or issues that may be covered in your vehicle’s warranty, which should be covered in your car owner’s manual.

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