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I have a Haynes and it is ok. Sorta annoying how the directions are, instead of listing steps in order it would say "turn to page XX to take off part y, then after you take that off you return to the original page to finish you removal of part x". Don't know if Chiltons is like that but, I find it annoying. Also it doesn't really seperate the different engine and trannies well or it won't have good pictures for all of them. It has nice diagrams which are extremely helpful, I usually just use that and the torque specs they give.
 

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bigggbrutis said:
What book is preferred over the other one?
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
 

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bigggbrutis said:
What book is preferred over the other one?
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.

They are, however, better than nothing.
 

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AK98Taco said:
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.
Or you could go berserk and just get a 24 hour subscription and go crazy downlaoding your entire manual! :D Beats paying 100+ for the manual in book form. I got the books before they started doing this. :(
 

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Dick Foster said:
Save your money and invest in the FSM. You will be glad you did. Haynes and Chiltons are pretty much of a waste of money IMHO.
The Dick is wise in his "advanced" age!
 

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Matt said:
Or you could go berserk and just get a 24 hour subscription and go crazy downlaoding your entire manual! :D Beats paying 100+ for the manual in book form. I got the books before they started doing this. :(
Exactly. I'm making a CD with everything I find useful to know about my truck.
 

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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.

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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.

Brian
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.

The only reason I don't think it would work is because everyone would save all the information they need onto disk and never go back to TIS.
 

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Does either manuel cover the 2001 and up? I use a chiltens that covers the T-100 and Tacoma but not my generation.
Just fork over the money to get the real factory manuals. I have the Haynes and it simply doesn't compare.

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I have the Chilton and am going to be getting the Factory Service Manuals because the chilton sucks... they have multiple torque numbers for what they call the same part...... I have used the Haynes also and as far as torque specs, I like it alot better, but the factory is the true way to go......
 

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Greavous said:
Does either manuel cover the 2001 and up? I use a chiltens that covers the T-100 and Tacoma but not my generation.
For as accurate as the Chiltons & Haynes are, that doesn't actually make any difference.
 

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not2XS said:
For as accurate as the Chiltons & Haynes are, that doesn't actually make any difference.
Good point.

I use the T-100/Tacoma Chilton's as well, and according to the manual, my fuel filter is located on my frame rail, when it's actually under the intake manifold under the hood.
 

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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

TIS rocks! I use it everday at work....well when it doesn't go down. But even better than that is the Toyota tech line :D
 
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