Citroen C15 Van – Haynes Service and Repair Manual
Haynes Publishing – £22.99
Apart from cleaning the ashtray and perhaps hoovering the interior, I know nothing about cars. I am indeed, Frank Skinner’s long lost cousin, who on Room 101, recently quipped: ”I’ve got a grey one.” Or in my case, a white one.
That’s it. That too, is the non-elongated extent of my petrol-head-prowess.
Sadly, other than the knowing the colour, the actual make of the vehicle – and on a good day, the registration number – my pitiful knowledge of motor cars runs to nada/nichts/niets. Which is why Haynes Publishing are something of a perpetual godsend, because were it not for this book, the Citroen C15 Van, I really wouldn’t have a clue about my (standard) van.
To be sure, this book, which includes Roadside Repairs and MOT Test Checks, is a straight-shooting, (relatively) straight forward manual that informs the reader with everything she or he needs to know when it comes to vehicle maintenance.
As is written in the book’s Introduction: ”The aim of this manual is to help you get the best value from your vehicle. It can do so in several ways. It can help you decide what work must be done (even should you choose to get it done by a garage). It will also provide information on routine maintenance and servicing and give a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur.”
Hmm, ”a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur” may be all well and good in theory, but in practicality, a whole different oil change!
That said, on almost every page of this altogether easy to navigate manual, there are black and white photographs, each and every one depicting what needs to be done at every stage of the job in hand: ”The manual has drawings and descriptions to show the function of the various components so that their layout can be understood. Tasks are described and photographed in a clear step-by-step sequence. The illustrations are numbered by the Section number and paragraph number to which they relate – if there is more than one illustration per paragraph, the sequence is detonated alphabetically.”
As a result, the following doesn’t come across as mere idealistic baloney: ”[…] it is hoped that you will use the manual by tackling the work yourself. On simpler jobs it may even be quicker than booking the vehicle into a garage and going there twice, to leave and collect it. Perhaps the most important, a lot of money can be saved by avoiding the costs a garage must charge to cover its labour and overheads.”
Should most vehicle novices – like myself – reach the stage where one can avoid costly garage charges as a result of owning a manual such as this, then clearly the initial outlay on the book will be exceedingly well worth it. Without question….
Consisting of twelve chapters and compartmentalised into numerous relative sections (‘Safety First,’ ‘Roadside Repairs,’ ‘Weekly Checks,’ ‘Routine Maintenance and Servicing Diesel Modules,’ ‘Cooling, Heating and Ventilation Systems’), this Citroen C15 Van manual really, really does depict and explain what it’s all about on the cover.
Trust me, if I can follow it, then so can a small, blind-folded, Ecuadorian child. Quite possibly, the most practical book I owe.