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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-08-2001, 11:17 PM
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Best Manual?

Which is the best service/repair manual to purchase?

I have the HAYNES and it sucks the big one *LOL*. The pictures are about 500 years old and not very clear. plus the directions are as confusing as hell.

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Re: Best Manual?

Should get the FSM, Tim at North coast has the best price.

BTW Tim, are you done with the honeymoon? Just wondering when I can expect my FSM :-)


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Re: Best Manual?

Personaly, I perfer the Factory service manual. It's like it was writen for some third world bushman with a hand full of tools. I don't get too confused with this manual. I use the Haynes as a back up if something seem fuzzy in the FSM.

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Re: Best Manual?

Does the factory service manual cover rebuilding the transmission?

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Re: Best Manual?

yes, it covers the transmisison pretty well

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Re: Best Manual?

i have both the FSM and the Haynes manual, and the factory manual is irreplacable.... i still like the haynes manual because to me, the pictures are clearer than the FSM, and the haynes also tells you how to do little things, where as the FSM is bases on a complete tear down and rebuild of the entire system (engine, brakes, etc...)

so i keep them both and croww reference... when they differ though i always trust the factory manual

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Re: Best Manual?

The factory manual is much more complete than the Haynes (I could not get by without it), but all the procedures assume you have the factory tools. Often the Haynes suggests a way for the backyard mechanic to accomplish a task without buying a special tool. Don't throw it away!

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Re: Best Manual?

I use 4 things:
FSM
Haynes
Chilton
Factory parts catalogue

The parts catalogue explodes everything with such detail that there is no question to a simple person like me as to what goes where and how.

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Re: Best Manual?

I like the Chilton's Suzuki manual. Haynes sucks.

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Re: Best Manual?

The nice thing about Haynes and Chilton is the fact that you can check them out at the library.

The bad thing about the factory service manual (FSM) is you can't!

Save your money and get the big green paperback FSM!


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