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Two incredibly useful things to think about buying

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1985_K5_Silverado, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. 1985_K5_Silverado

    1985_K5_Silverado 1/2 ton status

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    1. The Owner's Manual for your truck. A lot of these get lost or discarded over the life of the truck, but they have some handy info regarding fluid types and quantities, bulbs and fuses, and a bunch of other things. I have the one that came with the truck, and another I bought (ebay) just to keep here at home. Think about buying one.

    2. The GM Factory Shop Manual for your truck. This huge book is one of your truck's best friends. If you've never actually looked at one, do it. They are a little pricey, but worth every single penny, even if you wind up paying new retail price. I wouldn't think of not buying a shop manual for any vehicle that I owned.

    I've lost count of the number of questions here on this forum that can be answered (though not every question to be sure, but a hell of a lot of them) with some leafing through the shop manual, and sometimes even the owner's manual. They'll probably save you both time and money in the long run.
     
  2. Masiony

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    good call, im going to look on ebay right now.
     
  3. 76zimmer

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    ditto....the shop manuals blow away the Haynes or Chilton manuals out there. Pricey but worth it, if you work on your truck much.
     
  4. roadnotca

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    And if you arent' even normal, the factory parts book (2) in a new three-ring binder that you made a special trip for.:haha:
     
  5. 1985_K5_Silverado

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    Hmm, I don't have that one...yet.
     
  6. roadnotca

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    When its dealer time, I snap-out the xploded diagram, make a copy and HiLite the part and the number. Don't say much more than Hi and thanks Gee Mm guy.
     
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    will the owners manual help if the engine, trans, tcase(s) axles, body and fuel system are no longer stock? :grin:

    j
     
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    Are all the little light bulbs and the fuse panel still pretty much stock?
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    no. lol. I think the only thing left on my rig that is stock and not modified is my windshield... :thumb:

    j
     
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    Agree with the shop manual all the way. But, I think the exploded views in the LMC catalog have helped me more than the owners manual. And that's free.
     
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    Ah, then I guess you knew the answer already.:tongue1:
     
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    When I got my 84 crewcab it came with the 6 inch thick factory manual (bible :D ) . It kick's A$$ on any chilton or hayes book . It really helped when I had to fix some of the wiring :bow: .
     
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    my grandfather and uncle were gm techs so i guess i am lucky because i have just about every service manual for 70's and early 80's gm products
     
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    Do you know where I can find a GM service manual for '86 K5 blazer or what I should search for? I tried searching google but to no avail.

    Thanks in advance!!,
    BB
     
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    i have one for an 86 c/k truck if you just need some information. but as far as finding a whole book sorry i am of no help.
     
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    factoryautomanuals.com
     
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    thanks for the link!! They had one. I just ordered it:D
     
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    COOOOOOOOL
     
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    I've got a manual that covers my truck, and the fuel system. Then the manual that just covers the fuel system (as in re-peat), then the GMC and the Chevy wireing diagrams (they actually are different, guess GMC doesn't like chevy colors - and sometimes it's easier to read one's schematics than the others) and then the parts book, and some other misc pamphlets. Got the guy down from 2 bills to $80. :-)
     
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    I just bought an 89 burb and the original manuals are in the glove box :eek1:
     

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