backyard oil changers use haynes , real mechanics use Chilton's.
haynes manuals are pretty much useless for providing information, as in they
will tell you to change the horn if your horn does not work. Chilton's
will tell you to check the horns and relay, and where the horn relay and
I found it depends on your car, on my Taurus both where good, Chiltons was
better, on my VW rabbit Chiltons was almost useless and Haynes was good.
With my Taurus I liked having them both because there was some stuff that
the other wouldnt list, I eventually got the factory set which is the way to
For which purpose?
Haynes manuals are good for the DIY home mechanic. I've used several for
cars I've owned over the years. They're generally good on procedures,
parts locations, system schematics, etc. They're also good about telling
you when to seek professional help. Their web site is
The Chilton manuals I'm familiar with are the comprehensive shop repair
manuals, comparable to the factory manuals. They're aimed at the
professional technician, and are priced accordingly. Looking at the
Chilton web site, http://www.chiltonsonline.com /, they publish manuals both
for the professional and the DIY owner. I haven't seen the DIY version, so
I can't comment on the content.
You may also want to look into the Robert Bentley manuals. I bought them
for my VW GTI and late, lamented Audi 5000. Checking their web site,
http://www.bentleypublishers.com/?stickyEmail=&ticket=none , I see they
cover a wide range of both foreign and domestic cars, as well as other
subjects. The manuals I had for the GTI and Audi were factory repair
manuals, very comprehensive, and of very high quality. Depending on your
needs, the web site may be worth a look.
| George Ruch
| "Is there life in Clovis after Clovis Man?"
Robert Bentley publisher's Ford manual selection is rather limited.
It appears that the main source for Ford service manuals is Helm
Some service manuals may be available less expensively from web book
stores and/or web auto parts stores.
Timothy J. Lee
If I'm going to keep the car until it dies I spring for the Helms. They are not
cheap but well worth the price for the knowledge.
I bought them for my Tempo and they were worth every dime considering what they
saved when I'd have to take the car in for a repair I couldn't do or my ex
wouldn't do. At last I knew what they were talking about and I was able to
explain it in terms they understood. Linda
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