Auto repair manual

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by ChevyFan, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    What's the Auto repair manual that everyone likes the best?
  2. Springthing

    Springthing Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I've only had the opportunity to use haynes or chilton - are those the ones you are talking about?

    I have to admit that neither of them are perfect for my level of 'expertise'. The problem I encounter with manuals is that if I want to change a radiator hose I go to the manual and get (in how I understand it... will use the words I hear in my head):


    1) Disconnect negative battery cable from battery post marked (-).
    2) Using a 3/8 size socket with small extension remove the fan shroud bolts - 2 above and 3 below.
    3) Remove the tranimatic coupler from the upper radiator.
    4) While holding the bicut valve use a flathead screwdriver to wedge the accelerator main flowvalve cover back as you find the release clip of the underthrottle from the assembly. Keep assembly spring in same orientation.
    5) Remove engine and grind engine mount bolts to remove.
    6) Place an appropriate size container to catch fluids as you remove engine.
    7) Replace radiator hose.


    Opposite of removal.

    ok... step one is a no brainer. step two.... I can follow that. step three.....wait, what's the tranimatic coupler? You have a picture of the negative battery cable with arrows pointing to it and the bolt but you don't show me waht the tranimatic thing is? step four... wait, wtf? WHAT!? there's one black and white picture that shows a bolt with an arrow pointing to it... where am I looking for that!? WHAT am I looking at!?? step 5... ok, nevermind, I'll go find an online forum to go ask about replacing the radiator hose - or at the very least... what the heck is a tranimatic couple thing!?

    But...ok, if I had to pick one of those two I'll go for Chilton.

    Last edited: Aug 30, 2008
  3. retired2001

    retired2001 Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    The last few I've bought or used are the small ones available at the parts store for specific vehicles.

    Cheap, but for what I use them for they are ok.
  4. MrShorty

    MrShorty Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I don't know that I have a favorite, I just get what's most economical:

    I buy the Haynes manual.
    The free vehicle repair guides at contain the stuff from Chiltons
    Local libraries have Mitchell and/or Motor professional manuals for both my trucks, so I can get additional information from them.
  5. Tunnelmotor99

    Tunnelmotor99 Rockstar

    The chilton and haynes manuals are a joke! Spend some extra money and get the GM service manuals. They will cost upwards of $150 but are well worth it. Or you can subscribe to Alldata online and get some pretty good info.
  6. MWright936

    MWright936 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I've used both Haynes and Chilton. I have to say I like the Haynes manual better. Maybe it's because that's the one I used first. It's by no means a complete repair guide that will show every little step with detailed illustrations, but it's a great guideline and has helped me plenty.
  7. kidashley25

    kidashley25 New Member

    here are some repair guides and auto repair manuals you can look online if you need some repair guides for you car.
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  8. Big_Ben

    Big_Ben Rockstar 100 Posts

    Agreed, a buddy of mine that used to own a garage told me the Haynes Manuals brought him more business due to people getting in over their heads and not understanding, or breaking something or not being able to get it back together, or just poor instruction that leaves out a step such as "needing to remove _______ in order to access _________".

    What's the best place to buy GM Service Manuals?
  9. terryny

    terryny New Member

    A better option than the books is online repair software from and Mitchell. These are not cheap but probably worth it. These contain most of the information the factory paper manuals have... with the addition of updated recalls & tsb's. These are used by independent service centers and some dealerships.

    You can take :: Leading Source of Diagnostic and Repair Information for a test drive with their sample vehicles (Ford Escort and 2009 Nissan Altima). - 2009 Nissan-Datsun Altima V6-3.5L (VQ35DE) - Vehicle

    Do it Yourself Automobile Repair Manuals - Mitchell 1 DIY tends to have a little better pricing schedule but excludes some info they think is beyond the scope of DIY'ers. Why they think there are no user serviceable components in transmission or A/C systems baffles me. It is possible they include them now.... I haven't looked in while. One advantage to Mitchell is color coded wiring diagrams (a pink wire is pink in the diagram).

    Service Information Matrix - National Automotive Service Task Force lists all manufactures... which will lead to their online service information... this what the Dealerships use. If you happen to own a Hyundai they are the only free one I'm aware of. is very expensive (from link above) for genuine GM service info (hence why independents usually opt for alldata or mitchell), but 3 days for $20 is great for some projects (keyword: print). Beware of scrupulous ebay sellers that offer this pirated information at black market prices, because they are actively shut down. Those not shut down, I hope, are legitimate 1uncj9xr | eBay

    Your Session has been Terminated= also has a test drive that covers a several vehicles, including a couple from the GM family. I'm not sure if offer individual vehicle subscriptions. Their direct hit feature of real world complaints & fixes is great, but their wiring diagrams and repair info doesn't cater to my tastes.

    If you are a Michigan state drivers license holder you access the state library system by entering you drivers license id (which will be one letter and 12 numbers, ex- a112233445566:no:)
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  10. kidashley25

    kidashley25 New Member

    Some manufacturer shop and maintenance guide if they will sell you one. I would desire the Chilton company then Haynes all will do for staple items like twisting specifications and of curiosity connect brakes.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012

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