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Haynes Repair Manual

The publisher, Haynes Publishing Group created Haynes Automobile Repair Manuals. The manuals sold under the name Haynes Owner s Workshop Manuals . These manuals cover a wide variety of cars, trucks, vans suvs with DIY repair information. The typical users of this information are do-it-yourselfers, professional mechanics and trade schools. The Haynes books sold in the USA are soft covers ranging from 150 pages to 300 pages. Haynes manuals sold in Europe, Australia and other parts of the world are hardcover versions. The manual offers maintenance and repair information on many parts of the vehicle. The engine is covered in detail and one can use the Haynes book to disassemble, repair and reassemble most any part on the engine. Transmission coverage includes adjustments, removal installation and clutch replacement. Other areas of coverage include suspension, steering, exhaust, engine cooling, brakes, trouble codes, window replacement, radio removal, steering column removal, seat removal, exterior interior light adjustment, instrument cluster removal, gas tank removal, engine tune-up, fluid capacities and specifications and more. Haynes covers over 300 models of cars.

History

The Haynes Repair Manual and the Haynes Publishing brand was created by John Haynes, in the UK. He wrote is first manual in 1956 for customizing the Austin 7. He wrote two more manuals while in the Royal Air Force. Haynes Publishing opened in 1960 and the first manual published was for the Austin Healey Sprite.

Haynes started the autombile repair manual business in the UK. After achieving success in Europe, Haynes Publishing branched out to Austrailia, the USA and many other countries. Currently, certain Haynes Manuals are published in 15 different languages. In the United States, the two existing competitors who existed in the market when Haynes expanded into the market were Chilton (Chilton Book Company) and Clymer (Clymer Publications). Bother brands were eventually purchased by Haynes Publishing.

The work associated with developing an auto repair manual is extensive. The entire manual creation process involves a two man team and requires a total of about 20 to 30 weeks of labor. Haynes buys an appropriate vehicle with the intent of diss-assembling and re-assembling it. The two man team carefully diss-assembly of the vehicle while taking pictures, videos and notes. The pictures are actually used in the Haynes manual to assist the reader in understanding the repair procedure. The videos are now used in the online version of the paperback repair manual. Now, the repair information gathered in the diss-asembly process is edited to create both the paper manual and the online version (HaynesOnline.com) of the paper manual. The repair manual is broken down into chapters. Each chapter covers a specific area of the vehicle with step-by-step repair procedures. In most cases, the manuals include electrical information too, including wiring diagrams, fuse box and fuse details, battery care procedures, etc. Haynes interfaces with the vehicle manufacturer to obtain technical specification and wiring diagrams when available. Many procedures include photographs and sketches to communicate the intended repair information to the reader. After the manual is completed the vehicle purchased is sold in good running condition.

Haynes Publishing also offers system specific Techbook Manuals that focus on specific vehicle systems, such as the engine, transmission air conditioning, fuel injection, etc.

Chilton s Repair Manual

Chilton s Repair Manual for Automobiles is intended to teach the user about the inner workings and repair procedures on a car allowing the user to save money on necessary repairs. Typically, the first two chapters contain maintenance and tune-up information. The other chapters are involved with specific systems found within the vehicle such as suspension, steering, exhaust, engine cooling, brakes, trouble codes, window replacement, radio removal, steering column removal, seat removal, exterior interior light removal, gauge cluster removal, gas tank removal, tune-up, fluid capacities and specifications, etc. However, these Chilton Manuals will not tell you how to rebuild your transmission, differential or transfer case because of the special tools and experience required. The secondary purpose of the Chilton Manual is to provide reference information to owners who want to understand their vehicle better. All chapters contain adjustments, maintenance, disassembly and reassembly information. Typically the procedures allow the reader to remove and reinstall a failed part. The Chilton Repair Manual is very similar in its layout and construction to the Haynes manual. Each chapter details a specific part of the vehicle. Repair procedures include pictures, written text and diagrams that provide step-by-step instructions for the do-it-yourselfer or pro mechanic.


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