Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Bill writes: I’m a wrencher but not a mechanic, and usually need some sort of guide to doing more than the most basic stuff to my cars and bikes. I’ve bought Clymer’s and Hayne’s manuals, and once a long time ago I was given a factory service manual. Now I see those are available cheaply as pdf downloads. So what manuals would you recommend for a guy who still wants to do work to his own bike or car? Are there sources you would recommend, or sources you’d avoid? Thanks for everything, Eric. I love your site!
My reply: I have a factory service manual for all my vehicles. These are much more comprehensive than the Clymer or Haynes manuals sold at auto parts stores as well as much more specific.
Meaning, the factory manual will have necessary info regarding year-to-year changes as well as details pertaining to the specific drivetrain combo/options your specific vehicle has – as opposed to the much more general info you’ll find in the Haynes and Clymer manuals. Which aren’t bad as a general resource for basic repairs, but if you plan to get deep into the guts of a vehicle, a factory service manual can be your best friend.
As you already know the good news is it’s no longer necessary to spend a fortune to get the hard-copy service manual; you can get PDFs as well as CDs (see ebay for these) for a fraction of the hard copy cost.
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