questionswhich car repair manual is better, haynes or…

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I've found the Haynes manuals to be easier to follow and have better diagrams. Does Chiltons even still publish? I haven't seen one of their manuals in a store in years.

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Factory service manual > A good internet forum > Haynes > Farmer's Almanac > Uncle Iggy > Chilton's.

(The problem with Chiltons is that it tries to cover everything, but it doesn't go into enough detail on too many aspects. Step 1, drop the subframe isn't helpful if you never did that before, y'know!)

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both have their good and bad points.
when trying to figure out which is better, often the best answer is to open both and read thru to see. i had one tell me "step 1. pull motor." that was the entire instructions. no where it was attached to what or how. the other gave better instructions on pulling the motor but also said that what i was trying to do could be done without pulling. but the first was better on a different mechanical exercise.

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For a keep-in-the-car manual - Haynes all the way. For stuff beyond basic repairs? They made the internet for that.

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I always try to find the Factory Service Manual on disk or in a downloadable format to keep on the computer. Nothing like being able to print off just the pages you need to take out to the garage to use. You don't have to worry about getting the book all nasty with dirt and grease. In my experience though, when I use to use the manuals, I found Haynes to be better than Chiltons

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Haynes. But I usually dislike them both because they both tend to fall down in vacuum lines/wiring diagram areas (WTF else are you supposed to do when you have vacuum problem).

Factory service manuals work much better there (downloadable FTW with a tablet), but their problem is that they always specify tool #1003a (C-Clamp?)...