Chilton's versus Haynes

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by E. Reed, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. E. Reed

    E. Reed Guest

    Ok, before I lay out the bit of cash, what's the concensus from the
    folks with the Chilton's or Haynes manual(s) better
    for repairs?

    Looking for one for my '94 SL2.

    E. Reed
    E. Reed, Aug 25, 2003
  2. E. Reed

    Wurm Guest

    for what its worth, I have the hayes book (and im a car newbie) and I find
    lots of the procedures hard to follow as they are mixed in with alot of
    related procedures. For instance, was reading up on changing the front
    disks, the book had me jump between about 3 or 4 different sections back and
    forth in the book.... that drove me nuts. ive never seen the chilton book so
    i cant comment there....
    Wurm, Aug 25, 2003
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    Tim Guest

    yeah i can agree wiht that, your workign on one thing in chapter 5 or
    somehtign and it says, turn to chapter 2 section 7 to see how to remove
    Tim, Aug 25, 2003
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    Bob Shuman Guest

    I'd suggest you look for the genuine Saturn service manual on Ebay. When
    purchased new these can be fairly expensive compared to the Chilton's or
    Haynes, but since you are looking for an older vehicle, you could very well
    find a bargain. BTW, Chilton and Haynes are also listed there in Ebay as
    well if you are intent on either of these.

    Personally, I do not think there is any comparison between the third party
    service manuals and the original manufacturer's version.

    Bob Shuman, Aug 25, 2003
  5. E. Reed

    Wurm Guest

    Where would one obtain factory service manuals?, and are they usable by car


    Wurm, Aug 26, 2003
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    Napalm Heart Guest

    If you can read and have some mechanical ability, you can use them.
    They're sometimes available at ebay. A bit expensive through the
    dealer. Only you can know if the cost is worth it to you.

    Napalm Heart, Aug 26, 2003
  7. I have both manuals. I recently tried to figure out how to change my
    spark plugs, and I found the Haynes explanation much better for someone
    like myself who doesn't even know the names of common tools. The Chilton
    manual is thicker, but this doesn't indicate better, though it might be
    better for some things. I have a '93 SL2. People are suggesting you get
    the factory manual, but personally since I paid less than $2000 for the
    car, I'd get all the manuals I can to see the different viewpoints. Some
    instructions in one manual are actually a little different in the other,
    which helps in understanding the big picture, I think.

    Mephistopheles Jones, Aug 27, 2003
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    Tim Guest

    my opinion has chaged for the worse slightly, since im currently doign a lot
    of work to my car at the moment, there are quite a few things that are SO
    much easier to remove if you remove this other thing first, that the book
    does NOT tell you....
    "Remove the bolts and carefully remove the timing chain cover, if it sticks
    use a soft faced mallet blah blah blah....." Doesnt go anywhere NEAR
    telling you this job is a WHOLE LOT EASIER if you and jack the engine up,
    remove the power steering pump and AC compressor - oh and don't forget
    there are 2 metal sleeves that the cover slides onto. THAT woudl have been
    great to know BEFORE i broke my cover off thinking it was just sticking.
    Seriously, i think the guys suggesting true service manuals know whats up,
    next time for sure!
    Water pump is easier with the AC compressor removed too. Book makes it
    sound way to easy wihtout doing much of anythign, but it fials to tell you
    how very little room there is to work =)

    Tim, Aug 28, 2003
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    Joe Guest

    First, Mephistopheles Jones, BE CAREFUL!!! It say's the gap for spark
    plugs in the Haynes Manual is supposed to be 0.60 when in reality it
    is 0.40.

    And as far as manuals go my vote is for Chiltons. Much more detailed
    much eaiser to understand. just my $0.02.
    Joe, Sep 13, 2003
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