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post #1 of 82 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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How to - service manual, from STIS 3 day subscription $34.95

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5. We do not allow the distribution of copyrighted material, such as links to illegal download sites for service manuals, music, pirated software, etc.
Since there always seems to be a lot of service manual threads/questions when a new new model year comes out and the answers haven't changed there is now this sticky.

Common questions:
  1. Where can I get a manual and how much will it cost?
  2. What about 3rd party manuals like Haynes or Chilton?
  3. Ebay manuals, are they good?
  4. I found a manual online for free.

Answers:
  1. You can get a paper manual at your dealer, just be prepared for a sticker shock moment. The paper copies run between $400-$700 depending on what dealer you get them from and any discount that is given to you.

    You can also download a PDF copy from Subaru Technical Information System - Welcome . This is Subaru's online resource system. It is a mix of items that you need to pay for access to get and others that are free like accessory install sheets and Owners manuals.

  2. Third party manuals,
    Haynes is the information resource for the DIY enthusiast or Do It Yourself and DIY Auto Repair by ChiltonDIY and ALLDATAdiy.com Leading Source of Factory Automotive Repair Information

    They are fine for some people. They offer the basic information needed by many for typical repairs. The catch is often they lack the in depth info needed on some topics and have more errors that don't get updated. They can be a good tool when used for the right task.

    Another good source for the casual user can also be Membership Benefits | AutoZone.com They offer some limited online repair guides to members. They don't offer everything but enough to get the average owner by when needed.

  3. Ebay manual downloads and CD's, Most are nothing more than a Pirated manual that is being sold via a Ebay storefront.

  4. Pirated manuals, A manual that some one at some time downloaded from STIS and put online for others to grab. Pirated manuals are again one of those that may be out of date and lack the latest information as they have likely been out in the wild for years.

    On that note, Subaru Service Manuals are copyrighted. Don't go posting links to these downloads on the forum. They will be removed and you will likely get points, a vacation or be banned.



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I did a write up for the 2014, it should work with any year, you just gotta buy the 3 day pass and edit the script for the correct path for that manual.

Easily done, got this from a thread of Outback forums.

***IMPORTANT*** This method only works on a linux machine with working bash/sh/csh etc SHELL, use Ubuntu, Fedora etc or even Cygwin. WILL NOT WORK ON WINDOWS COMMAND LINE!!!.

***You have been warned***

Basically go to: Subaru Technical Information System

1). You need to purchase the 3 day pass.

2). Login and grab your cookie sessionID, I use Chrome and just right click, view page info and cookies, find the one for techinfo.subaru.com, looks something like this:

8912c3fe0896346712dff6e24f97

***Keep your browser opened. DO NOT CLOSE BROWSER FOR ANY REASON OR THIS WON'T WORK.

3). Copy that and put that in text file. Name it "cookie" because that's what my script uses. Copy this and replace the cookie hash at the end:

Code:
techinfo.subaru.com	FALSE	/	FALSE	0	JSESSIONID	8912c3fe0896346712dff6e24f97
4). Now leave your computer on for ~24-25 hours to run this since there's 50 limit per hour the implemented, still enough to do the 72 hour window you got.

5). This is basic bash script, name it whatever.sh and change permissions. Run it in the directory you want to store the files, there will be 1163 PDF's(for a 2014 XT).

Code:
star=1 #starting item #
fin=1163 #last item #

#For through all docs on page
for i in $(seq $star $fin)
do

## Tell where we are in the process (print to screen)
echo "***DEBUG*** "$i"  item G8190BEV11_"$i" received "$(date +"%c")"******"

#If using \ to escape "newlines" (ie go to the next line) ensure no spaces after \
curl -L \
--cookie cookie \
"http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/74888/pdf/serviceManual/074888_2014_Forester/\
G8190BEV11_"$i".pdf" \
> "G8190BEV11_"$i".pdf"

##If this is the 50th doc OR the last in the series, then sleep for 60 minutes and ...
##    ... one second. Otherwise between vehicle sets you may get an error.
if !(($i%50)) || (($i==$fin)); then sleep 3601; fi

done #with docs on page



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Thanks! I had the 3 day pass but it only gave me access for one day ( a sunday no less)

Has anyone else had that issue? There's very little customer service to go with it!

I'm gonna pay for it again one day but I want my 30$ to go further than a day!

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Can mods sticky this?

Anyways, I had 72 hours np, and got the whole manual. Used adobe XI to create portfolio just like my 2008 sti manual I had.
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Stickied,

Sorry about the delay. I have been busier in the garage this week than normal and SF.org has has fallen by the wayside. And I missed the post.

I also added some basic Q and As that are often asked and a discloser.

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Dang this is really cool, I killed myself manually downloading the files for my Impreza. I'm ready to get a new 3 day pass but I am on windows and not the most "script" knowledgeable. Is there a way I can run this on windows?
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Another way to download and combine the PDFs on a Mac

[NOTE: As noted in a reply I forgot to take into account the 50 downloads per hour limit- sorry! It may still be handy for the things that are less than 50 .pdf links per page. I'll see if there's a way to make it work easily in Automator, but I suspect it may end up having to be split into multiple workflows that call each other, at which point it would be likely easier to edit the UNIX script to work on a Mac and and perhaps use Automator to implement it and then manipulate the resulting downloaded .PDF files. Stay tuned!]

Hi- I'm just shopping for a Forester so I haven't subscribed to try the following method on the Technical manual, but it seems to work find on the 2014 Subaru Forester's Owner Manual, which is freely available.

Mac OS X includes some great scripting technologies that can be easily scripted using Automator. It's possible the Unix script will work as OS X is unix based, but Automator is a bit more approachable for most folk.

The following method will download all of the PDFs on the search page and combine them into one master document. It works off of whatever page Safari has open. This was a small challenge as the search page didn't show the URLs to download in it's live view. I found a workaround by simply saving the page as a Web Archive, then opening the web archive.

Steps:
  • Create a Folder to contain all the "Stuff" (ex 2014 Forester Owner's Manual)
  • In Safari, search for and view the technical manual page you wish to download from.
  • File-->Save As Name your file (ex: 2014 Subaru Forester Manual) and choose "Web Archive" for the type and save this in the folder you created.
  • Open the web archive file you've created and make sure it's the formost open Safari window.
  • Open Automator and create a new work flow.
  • Create the workflow as in the attached images, with the noted adjustments in names and folder selections. The workflow is created by dragging the Actions from the list into the workflow section, in order. The needed actions are in the PDFs section and the Files&Folders section.
  • Save the workflow in the same folder
  • Run the workflow

The individual PDF sections will be downloaded, combined (in alphabetical order), and the combined PDF will open.

The combined PDF will likely have some pages oriented sideways- I haven't find an automatic fix. In the Preview.app it's easy to fix this by selecting View->Show Thumbnails. Select the "Sideways" pages (use the shift key to select a range of pages) and choose Tools-->Rotate Right


Image 2-19-14 at 10.29 PM by snourse13, on Flickr

Image 2-19-14 at 10.29 PM (1) by snourse13, on Flickr



Attached is my Automator workflow file in .zip format-- It was created in Mac OS X 10.9-- I'm not sure if it will open in earlier versions.

If anyone gets a chance to try this under a subscription (for the Technical manual) I'd love to know how it works for you.

This method seems to work fine for the free manuals.

Please let me know if there are any questions- thanks to the original thread poster FlashEngineer for the idea and great information!
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As a side note, the Automator workflow above will work on any page that has links to .pdf files... It can be useful for collecting documentation for many products....
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How does this method take into account you can only download 50 items per hour when you are getting your repair manual?
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How does this method take into account you can only download 50 items per hour when you are getting your repair manual?
Great point-- I knew I forgot to go back and look at the original problem once I figured out how to get the PDFs to download-- back to the drawing board!!

Thanks!
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Windows Version???

Can this be done in Windows 7. I am pretty PC and Windows savvy but I have little or no experience with writing scripts.

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2009 Forester Repair manual

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can anyone give me a link for download for the 09 forester repair manual. I heard it is about 4000 pages so that is the one i am talking about.
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Merged your post into the service manual stickie

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Printed Copy of Factory Service Manual

For almost every car I have ever owned, I have bought the service manual and wiring diagrams manual. They usually cost well under $200 at the discount parts dealer for that brand. The Subaru manuals seem to be an unusual exception.

Based on reading the forum, I have successfully downloaded the 2014 Forester Factory Service Manual and the Mechanism & Function Manual from the Subaru Tech Info website by using my custom script on my Ubuntu Linux system. Like others on the forum have suggested, I made a HTML webpage that lets me browse the 1163 PDF files from a table of contents. I wish I had Adobe Acrobat so I could join all 1163 files into one larger PDF file.

But I would prefer to have a bound printed copy. The forum indicates that they cost from $200-$600 depending on discounts provided by the parts dealer. What is the story on these printed manuals I can't find any discount parts dealers selling these online. I'll ask my dealer parts dept, but my guess is that they will charge the most that they can get away with.

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Try contacting Jakie at Annapolis Subaru in our vendors section. She can get you a price.

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Can this be done in Windows 7. I am pretty PC and Windows savvy but I have little or no experience with writing scripts.

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Bump...

I am also looking for a way to automate the download in windows 7 so I can get the manuals for my 2014 Forester. I don't have a MAC or a Linux machine so these scripts won't run for me....
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