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which repair manual is better??? chilton or haynes??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Intense Blue, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. Intense Blue

    Intense Blue Registered Member

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    just curious to see what everyones thoughts on the best repair manual is...well?
     
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    DuneRunner 1/2 ton status

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    Even better, Try getting the Factory Shop Manual. It will tell you everything you'll need to know. Just a suggesition fill out the rest of your Info. So that we can know what year you have and some of your specs. Just my two ¢...

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  3. RESTORE89

    RESTORE89 1/2 ton status

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    [​IMG] neither
    [​IMG]seriously contact Helm publications <a target="_blank" href=http://www.helminc.com>www.helminc.com</a> and for $90 they will send you the best manual you can get, it is actually 3 manuals, and they are the ones the GM shops use, and even have complete wiring diagrams. i know it is a lot more than a haynes for $15, but these manuals not only tell you how to replace something, but also how to rebuild the part. they are specific enough that in order to order you need the vin number


    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
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  4. Thunder

    Thunder 3/4 ton status

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    If you get a chilton manual dont get the ones with the white cover. they are pretty basic and dont tell much except for basic repairs.
    Get the Chilton manual with the grey cover. They get a little more in depth in their info and repair. And have better diagrams.

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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Obviously a service manual is best, but for decent pictures of component breakdowns (t-cases, hubs) get the Haynes. The Haynes wiring manuals are right out of the service manuals, even though there isn't one diagram for each year, so they tend to be a bit "general". Both the Hyanes and Chiltons are too general to be of use ALL the time, but IMO, the Haynes is the lesser of two evils.

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    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    I've had both, and wouldn't hesitate to light a fire with either one. Helm is the only way to go. Used they go for $10-30.

    Pete

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    m j 1/2 ton status

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    Mitchell is the good aftermarket manual that shops use
    you can find them in the local library here.
    as good as or better then the factory manuals

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
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    BlueKnight 1/2 ton status

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    Get the big heavy bound master repair manuals from chilton. Bookstores sell them for about 40.00

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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    You should also order a copy of LMC's Blazer parts catalog. It has some pretty good breakdown pics of various assemblies that can come in hbndy sometimes. You can order your free catalog from the link below:

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.lmctruck.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=LmcWeb&amp;PRGNAME=CatalogRequest&amp;ARGUMENTS=-ABZC>LMC Catalog order page</a>

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  10. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I'm in the minority. I like Hanynes manuals most of the time.

    I wouldn't wipe my ass with a Chilton's. I don't understand why anybody would even buy one.

    Tim
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    I prefer Haynes to Chilton, but just barely. Both are pretty vague when it comes to alot of their info. I will have to look into a Helms or one of the others suggested here, because the Chilton's I have wouldn't make good s*!t paper!!

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    I like them both equally. They each have their own areas that they shine in even though I forget which one is which. I like one for the vacume diagrams, and the other for the wiering diagrams. I sometimes look at them both to get two ideas on something.

    No, thats not a dent in my truck's body. I call it my truck's armor.
     
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    Yes you are right there. But they do not have everything you need for a Blazer as I tried to order a simple speedometer cable from them and 1 they could find it in a diagram and two they didnt sell it.

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    well I use haynes and if you noticed I ask a TON of questions on repairs. hehe I think they are for people who have done the repairs before and need a reminder what is involved. Also they do not tell how to remove many items, just that they need to be removed.

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  15. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Yeah, I always like some of the step breakdowns:
    Step 1. Taise and support Hood
    Step 2. Remove Intake carbuerator, intake manifold and heads.
    Step 3. Remove sticky lifter.

    The factory manual is the only way to go.

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    I've had both, and wouldn't hesitate to light a fire with either one.

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    Couldn't of said it better myself.

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