My Chilton manual almost screwed me when I was replacing my clutch.bigggbrutis said:
The Haynes is like a Cliff Notes version of the FSM's. They don't provide nearly enough info, and the info isn't always entirely accurate. They don't always compensate for slight differences between model years either.bigggbrutis said:
Or you could go berserk and just get a 24 hour subscription and go crazy downlaoding your entire manual! Beats paying 100+ for the manual in book form. I got the books before they started doing this.AK98Taco said:
Exactly. I'm making a CD with everything I find useful to know about my truck.Matt said:Or you could go berserk and just get a 24 hour subscription and go crazy downlaoding your entire manual! Beats paying 100+ for the manual in book form. I got the books before they started doing this.
My buddy works as a tech at a dealership, and I soon will, too, and I am thinking about asking the service manager about a special rate for the club on the national level.mrbigbri said:Haha, I paid the $10 and did the download. What a pain in the ass. It would have been impossible to retain the directory structure that was on the CD, and the site is totally password protected so you can't just point your offline browser at it. I've now started laboriously renaming all the files I downloaded just so I can use them. I did the 97 Tacoma and all the tsb's.
Good point.not2XS said:For as accurate as the Chiltons & Haynes are, that doesn't actually make any difference.
AK98Taco said:My Chilton manual almost screwed me when I was replacing my clutch.
It directed you to make an index mark between the flywheel and crank when removing the flywheel, but only says to do so if you are reading about flywheel removal in the engine section. In the actual transmission/clutch section, it gives no such instruction.
Luckily, it hasn't seemed to matter.
This is the source for the best info on any Toyota vehicle: http://techinfo.toyota.com/
A subscription runs $50 by the month, or $350 for a year. If you take your truck to a dealership for service, this is the "manual" they turn to.
Here's the interface: http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-4/155437/TIS.jpg
Here's what each page of the manual looks like: http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-4/155437/TIS2.jpg