Save money in 2010 with Haynes Repair Manuals.
How? If you or someone in your family is handy you can save a lot of money by maintaining or repairing your vehicle yourself. Of course you’re not going to save anything if you don’t know what you’re doing and end up damaging your vehicle instead. That’s where the Haynes Repair Manuals come in.
There are two major publishers of do it yourself auto repair manuals, Haynes and Chiltons. Hayne’s repair manuals seem to be easier to follow with more pictures and step by step instructions; that’s why I’m recommending them. Chilton’s repair manuals also have step by step instruction but seem to include more detailed information. All of that information is great if you’re a mechanic but it seems to just get in the way when you’re trying to stumble through a basic repair job. Although, both publishers try to cover all the vehicles you may only be able to find one or the other for your vehicle depending on the make & model, popularity, etc. I’ve also noticed that Haynes Publishing has recently bought Chilton’s Publishing so these two seemingly different types of repair manuals may merge together over time. If you can’t find a Haynes or Chiltons manual for your vehicle, there is another option out there, the factory manual. Manuals from the factory are what the mechanics themselves use but they are very expensive, detailed, and even more complicated.
Whether you like to maintain your vehicle yourself or not I still recommend that everyone have a repair manual for each vehicle. Why? That little “Vehicle Handbook” that came in your glove box with the cartoon pictures showing you how to press the brake pedal before hitting a tree is completely worthless if you ask me. Isn’t it funny how the most expensive items have the smallest instruction/repair manuals? My blender instruction booklet is better than that little book in my glove box.
Here is a small sample of what’s available on PBS: