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Haynes vs. Chiltons vs. Fact. serv. man. differenc

What is the difference between these manuals/publications? How much more detail/diagrams one has over the other?

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Re: Haynes vs. Chiltons vs. Fact. serv. man. differenc

Well this is a relatively simple question so I'll try and answer it. Haynes and Chilton's are comparable in terms of usefulness. Some parts of Chilton's is more complete than Haynes and vice versa. Personally I think Haynes has better wiring diagrams/info but Chilton's is better overall. These will get you buy, especially if you already have a mechanical background. But if you're like me and not all that bright they may fall short. NOW, if you plan to work extensively (or even not so extensively) on your vehicle, the Factory or Technical Service Manual (F/TSM) can't be beat. These are comprehensive shop manuals used by dealers' shops and such. The kicker is they ain't cheap. A reprint of the TSM for 1977 Jeeps cost me about $90.00. This manual covers every Jeep made by AMC in 1977 and covers them inside and out. Invaluable to me. If this is the way you go I can suggest trying half.com (an Amazon company). They have all kinds of pubs/manuals for much cheaper than new. They also have Haynes and Chilton's manuals at a discount. I also have an 800 number where I bought my manual a few years ago. I can try and dig it up if anyone likes. (I got it from a Chrysler dealer.) Sorry for the long winded answer to a simple question.


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Re: Haynes vs. Chiltons vs. Fact. serv. man. differenc

I would like to add the following . I purchased both and have used both when working on the Jeep ( CJ) . I have found that the Chilton`s manual contains quite a few errors within it . To the point where I will someday write them and tell them . I`m going to start taking notes next time as to where they are . Anyone else notice that sometimes the page the index tells you to go to has nothing to do with the mentioned procedure ? ( In Chiltons)


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There is absolutly no equal to the factory service manual. It is a three volume set with each volume as thick as a Chilton's or Haynes. It is just full of detailed information and photos. My set cost me $73 on ebay and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Buy a Chiltons or Haynes for the trail, but keep the Shop manual handy for the big jobs.

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Re: Haynes vs. Chiltons vs. Fact. serv. man. differenc

How true. I have the factory service manuals for the 1978 year, bought them for $20 at a used book shop. I also have the Chilton's and Hayne's manuals, don't hold a candle by comparison. Too bad I don't have a 1978 jeep! And no, I really don't want to part with them, sorry.

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i have all 3 and the fsm is by far #1!!!

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A chiltons usually tell you the basics, but the facory are the s&*t. If you can get a set cheep go for it. the haynes I has you doesn't tell you a lot, it tells you the basics but leavs a lot to be desired, the haynes does tell you some stuff the factory doesn't about basic stuff though.
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