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are the chilton books any good?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bryguy00b, Oct 12, 2002.

  1. bryguy00b

    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    I have that Chiltons...save your money. Chiltons and Haynes books are available at most parts stores. They have more comprehensive books out there than the one you linked to on ebay.

    The one I got that isn't too bad is pn# 8577 and covers US and Canadian Chev and GMC 1/2, 3/4 and one ton pickups. 2WD and 4WD and includes K5 and Suburban from 80-87.

    It's about 500 pages and covers 10 times as much as the one you linked to. I recall paying about $18 for mine at the parts store.

    Rene
     
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    are these books easy to find, would they have it at a pepboys or autozone or some parts store you think? i have no books on a blazer weve just been using a 79 chevy truck one and have the stuff dont match up right..
     
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    Most auto parts stores will have these books...or even a *gasp* a book store/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Rene
     
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    Rene's right, save your $, the paperback Chiltons aren't worth a hoot. Try to keep looking, you may run into a factory manual on ebay. I got the service, overhaul, and supplement manuals for 10 bucks. Good luck dude!
     
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    There is nothing wrong with a chiltons manual.
    I used to keep one next to the wood stove. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    if you really want a chiltons, advantage is they usually give step by step on most major procedures, I have on for 80-87 full size chevy trucks, you can have for $10 shipped. I don't need it
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    I used to keep one next to the wood stove.

    [/ QUOTE ] LMAO, good one dude /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    i just need a book that has some good trouble shooting for engines, mainly my 305, and on distributer related stuff too...
     
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    If you're looking for something to help w/ trouble shooting, then I'd look at the Haynes book. It's essentially like a Chilton's (I have a Chilton's as well) but gives a problem diagnosis section that I've found pretty useful. But I'm pretty new to the game here so keep that in mind. If you're a more experienced mechanic or diy you might find the info in both the Chilton's and Haynes to be too basic for you. Works good for me right now though. My 2 cents! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     

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