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    I don't think repair manuals are completely dead. Dying? Maybe, but not dead. Internet forums may have replaced physical manuals as the go-to option these days but there are plenty of people that still want a physical book to look at. I have been using Internet forums for over a decade now and joined GMTC to get some first-hand knowledge about how to work on my truck but I also recently purchased a physical repair manual. Think of it as one supplements the other. If you have/use both you can't go wrong...or at least shouldn't go wrong.
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    Some of the info I provide for members on this site comes from the manuals, info such as torque specs. The info needs to come from somewhere before someone can post it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McClintoc View Post
    I don't think repair manuals are completely dead. Dying? Maybe, but not dead. Internet forums may have replaced physical manuals as the go-to option these days but there are plenty of people that still want a physical book to look at. I have been using Internet forums for over a decade now and joined GMTC to get some first-hand knowledge about how to work on my truck but I also recently purchased a physical repair manual. Think of it as one supplements the other. If you have/use both you can't go wrong...or at least shouldn't go wrong.
    I have both, too. However the times I've pulled out the manual I found it lacking and had to come online to get either info it lacked ... or more detail than it had. My manual may soon qualify as fire starting material. But you're right, hardcopy isn't dead yet. ("It's just a flesh wound...")

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    I agree that the hard copy manuals are dying but not only because of forums but also because most are available electronically. However, like many, I also have a book version. It stays with me in the truck. Who knows, I may be someplace where a computer or notepad is not available (or connectivity) and I'll need the help. I still think we are many years away from something like this completely vanishing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mfleetwood View Post
    It stays with me in the truck. Who knows, I may be someplace where a computer or notepad is not available (or connectivity) and I'll need the help. I still think we are many years away from something like this completely vanishing.
    Connectivity is pretty ubiquitous with mobile devices being the rage, these days, so it's far more likely that you'll make a 'pit stop' at a gas station that has no toilet paper. Your hardcopy manual will serve you well in that scenario, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealOne View Post
    Connectivity is pretty ubiquitous with mobile devices being the rage, these days, so it's far more likely that you'll make a 'pit stop' at a gas station that has no toilet paper. Your hardcopy manual will serve you well in that scenario, too.
    Another use I had not thought of...not only the gas station but also may come in handy while off-roading. Very creative!


    Mike (Denver, CO) - 2008 Sierra 1500 Z71 SLE 5.3L 4WD

    SUSPENSION: Rancho 4" Suspension Lift; Rancho RS9000XL Shocks; Rancho Skid Plates; Rancho MyRide Wireless Shock Controller;
    TIRES:
    BFG All Terrain KO 315/70/17
    DRIVE TRAIN: 4.56 Gears; Detroit TrueTrac Differential; True Cool 40k Transmission Cooler
    PERFORMANCE: DiableSport Predator Tuner; Custom Tuned by Diablew; Magnaflow Exhaust; AFE Cold Air Intake
    ELECTRONICS: Kenwood DNX6180 Touchscreen; Subthump box w/10" Kicker; Driver Information Center (DIC); Rear View Camera
    ACCESSORIES: Westin Brush/Grill Gaurd; Westin Nerf Bars; Truxedo Tonneau; 20% Tint; Tow Mirrors w/Heat & Signals

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