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What's the better manual (IYHO) Hayne's or Chiltons?


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Both are fair for some problems, but the Honda manual will work well for 99% of problems. Although not nearly as cheap as the other two. It will pay for itself in time.
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It's actually for my car, but anyway; thank u
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hap2 wrote: Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:57 am It's actually for my car, but anyway; thank u

try Alldata.com they have all manuals(for autos) on line and you purchase by the year, reasonable on price
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Thanx alot. I'll givem a whirl.
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For my cars I always used a Haynes manual, but as I got more and more experienced, I found that the amount of useful information in them that was either a) not patently obvious, or b) something that I didn't already know, was diminishing. Also, you'd get a Haynes manual that dedicated four pages on how to change the oil, and then maybe three pages on rebuilding the transmission. I mean, come on.

Starting with my Ford Explorer, I gave up on Haynes/Chilton and started buying the factory manuals, and I wouldn't go back.
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ok thanx.

Sounds like Haynes'd b good for kindergarten kids.
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The Haynes book I got for my GF's 1999 Grand Prix covers Chevy-Buick-Olds-Pontiac models 1988-2007 and eight different engines. And only half the size of the Clymer GL-1500 book. Precious little vehicle-specific information.... :cry:
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For my cars, I hit ebay, and buy a copy of the manufacturers service manual on CD for a few pounds. Nothing like having an original shop manual.
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WingAdmin wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:01 am For my cars I always used a Haynes manual, but as I got more and more experienced, I found that the amount of useful information in them that was either a) not patently obvious, or b) something that I didn't already know, was diminishing. Also, you'd get a Haynes manual that dedicated four pages on how to change the oil, and then maybe three pages on rebuilding the transmission. I mean, come on.

Starting with my Ford Explorer, I gave up on Haynes/Chilton and started buying the factory manuals, and I wouldn't go back.
That was my experience too. And for the chapters on things like rebuilding transmissions and engines... I did rebuild and engine once but anymore I think most people would just find a low mileage engine or transmission from the junkyard rather than rebuild.
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Just trying to find the best manual (be it service manual, workshop manual, or owners manual [whatever the difference, if any, is in those]) that very illustrated & easy to follow to, say change & adjust the 3 ebrake cables on my 1987 RX-7
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I think aftermarket service manuals like Chilton and Haynes tend to be written for the less experienced person, factory service manuals I think usually have better more useful info but are better for a more experienced person and usually cost a lot more. At the end of the day though either one will have most info and specs you need, anything else you'll find on this forum :)
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What manual is best?

Well the chiltons is better for starting fires. The paper seems to be less waxy and catches fire easily

The Hanes is better suited to propping doors open than just about anything else

For actual repair work I always use the factory manuals. As these are written by the people who designed the product. The specs plus any special tool are listed that are needed for the job

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