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Cadman-LT
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Re: Haynes not so bad
Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:26:27 PM
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I am kind of thinking about buying an older car. Avoid all the issues. Give up the high tech for the low tech. Not sure yet. Although I do love me an old Mustang!

Cadman-LT
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Re: Haynes not so bad
Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:23:20 PM
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It's not only that it used to be a lot easier to work on your car. It also used to be a HECK of a lot cheaper! I need fuel injectors...6 at 50 a piece.....use to be spark plugs...lol

Cadman-LT
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Re: Haynes not so bad
Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:20:54 PM
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Cars just get worse. I like old school cars...simple to work on. I've been working on my 92 Grand Prix for months....I just liked it when cars were simple.

Cadman-LT
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Re: Haynes not so bad
Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:18:50 PM
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I like those manuals as well.

John
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Haynes not so bad
John   4/29/2014 4:50:26 PM
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I have always used Haynes repair manuals.  They are definitly not like a shop manual, but they have been helpfull in getting the job done.  They do use the perform proceduce in reverse statement a lot to get what ever it was reassembled, but usually it's something that can only be reassembled in only one way and it really is the reverse.  I do like Haynes' tables of torque specs and identification data at the beginning of the chapters.  Well placed.

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Keep it funny, becasue we are FRUSTRATED!
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/18/2014 2:17:12 AM
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My college roommate was trying to replace the electric window motor in his VW rabbit in 1980.  He needed to remove the inner door panel, but was stumped by how to remove the handle holding it in pace.  He pondered it for a long time, and then bought a service manual. 

The descriptive text amused him when he found the procedure documented, as it began:  "Remove the door handle:  At first glance this may appear to be quite impossible, as there are no visible fasteners."

We still laugh at this personable choice of wording over beers, to this day.

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RE: A Useable User Manual Is the Key to This Car
john_mandel   4/10/2014 4:20:56 PM
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One day when I wanted to check the oil, the handle for the hood release of my 1983 Mercury Cougar broke off from the steel cable.  I too had purchased the complete set of Ford manuals for the car.  The instructions were fairly easy to find in the vast set of books.  However, step one for replacing the cable:  Open the hood.  If I could open the hood, I wouldn't need to replace the cable!

 

Niel
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Re: Haynes manuals
Niel   4/10/2014 4:37:12 AM
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Ah, Haynes book of half truths (or lies) as we call them in the UK. If you want a good manual the factory one's for Honda's are ok, Clymer often beat both. I have a collection of Factory, Clymer and Haynes for my Honda and BMW bikes.

Niel
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Re: Haynes manuals
Niel   4/10/2014 4:37:07 AM
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Ah, Haynes book of half truths (or lies) as we call them in the UK. If you want a good manual the factory one's for Honda's are ok, Clymer often beat both. I have a collection of Factory, Clymer and Haynes for my Honda and BMW bikes.

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RonChownyk   4/9/2014 7:22:01 PM
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I've never understood how Haynes stays in business.  Every Haynes manual I've ever used always lacked some key piece of information, or showed parts that were definitely not used on my vehicle.  And don't forget the statement "installation is the reverse of disassembly".  Really?  Wow!

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