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Old 04-23-2004, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default Haynes Manuals adequate for most repairs?

I know they are written in an easy to understand format, I wondered how everyone here felt about them
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Sometimes, they work around the need for special tools, so pretty much, IMO, it'* at your own risk. Useful enough if you're mechanically inclined, yet user-friendly for the newbies
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I have one for both cars, the one for the Bonney/88 Royale is about worn out and falling apart. I probably could have figured out most repairs myself, but it was nice to have procedures, torque specs, and what to change when LOL.
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I have learned that if the manual is there use it, but if you don't have any mechanical knowledge you are *.O.L.
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I'm not a big fan of the Haynes manuals. They seemed to be very vague due to each book covering a rather large group of vehicles. I use Motor manuals. They are very expensive because they have multiple books for specific tasks i.e. an electrical manual, a service/mechanical manual, tune-up, etc. I managed to obtain a couple at no charge but I don't have complete coverage for my car. To supplement this, I subscribed to http://www.alldatadiy.com/. This site has the same manuals and is searchable too.

The general buzz though is a Chiltons or a factory service manual from http://www.helminc.com
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Chiltons is the best way to go IMO.

Having both cant hurt.
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I use to love haynes until I started on my upper intake. I went to look at a new book for my 96 and found out that is was mostly the same as my 88 which are very much different. The new haynes manual had about 2 pics for all the upper intakes from 87 to 02 where the chilton'* had at least two pages dedicated for each model. Haynes doesn't seem to put very much into there newer books they just state "this is simular for this model" which in all effect most the stuff changes a lot over the years. It is like saying the 3.8, 3800, 3800 Series I and the 3800 Series II are all the same. Which we all know they are very different.
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Hayne'* SUCKS, try Chilton'*, but shop manual is best if you can find
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Chilton'* is what I have started using now and they explain more in depth about what you are supposed to do.
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The best manuals are the ones put out by GM, and available on www.helmINC.com

That being said, they are expensive. Your best bet is to find a GM manual on eBay.
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