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    Default What is the best fix it book for the suburban? [Expired Topic]

    As my other post says i just bought a 96 GMC suburban and need a book to fix stuff. do they make Chiltens and Hanes books still and whick is the best? thanks

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    Default RE: What is the best fix it book for the suburban?

    Both have their strong points. Haynes makes a good manual with very detailed electrical diagrams. I haven't had a chilton's in a long time, but I believe that the chiltons has vacuum diagrams where the Haynes does not. Chiltons also usually includes a small section related to body work "How to's".

    It's really a matter of preference, and Haynes manuals generally cost a little less than the chiltons.

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    i have used both and have to agree with trailLeader all the way. the only better manual would be the factory service manual, but that one is also over $100. but it also is way more in depth than both of the others. just a matter of preference. and how in depth you need your manual.

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    Better yet you can get either on CD

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    the only thing with the cd is if you need to look something up in the middle of working on something you have to go to the computer. the wife gets pissed when i get grease all over her keyboard. so i prefer the books. when i'm in the garage i done want to go all the way to the house to look up tourque specs. and i never would remember to print them out before i go up there.

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    Yeah I'm with you on making the wife mad. Lord knows I stay in enough trouble as it is. I'm so used to using the greasy computer keyboard in the shop to access Alldata, I don't even think about it.

    Some of the techies only want CD everything though. If I was buying one for myself, I'm with you, it would definately be a book, although my 17 year old son will use only a CD and he also has the book.

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    It's a difference in being familair with technology. It's a tactile experience with a book. When you have the book in hand, you know that inside those pages you'll be able to find something about your problem, or something about the system you're dealing with.

    With the CD, you're more reliant on technology, however, you can store a lot more and transfer it back and forth to other systems when needed. Both have their place, but books are going out.

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