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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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what one to get, chiltons vs haynes

i am going to purchase a repair manual for my 87 xj today and curious what one to get. im not real good at working on cars so the one with the most pictures would be for me. and what book has the better wiring diagrams beings i have a ghost draw somewhere.

thanx for the input if any

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Unread 07-31-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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Having been a professional mechanic at one point in my life, I can honestly say that they are both pretty bad. Try to find a Factory Service Manual for your year/model online. It took me about 2 minutes on Google to find a site selling them; got a pristeen, like-new FSM for my XJ for $135. You might think that is a lot of money, but trust me... it's worth it.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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Having been a professional mechanic at one point in my life, I can honestly say that they are both pretty bad. Try to find a Factory Service Manual for your year/model online. It took me about 2 minutes on Google to find a site selling them; got a pristeen, like-new FSM for my XJ for $135. You might think that is a lot of money, but trust me... it's worth it.
Also if you don't need a paper copy you can get the FSM on CD-rom (PDF) for $20 on RockAuto (and I'm sure others).

While I agree with wgirvine that Haynes/Chiltons generally aren't that good, the XJ is simple enough that if you have basic mechanical knowledge they will probably be sufficient 95% of the time and if they don't cover something you can probably find a write up with a quick web search.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Neither.

Get a genuine Jeep Factory Service Manual. You can download a copy for under $10, or try eBay. I got a nice used one with genuine professional mechanic coffee stains for $35.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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ooh man, ill buy your coffee stained copy... lmao

thanks for the input fellas

for the most part if i can figure out the problem i have found all my answers on here. i need a tablet so i dont gotta keep running inside to see or read smething. i love all the write ups for dummys...
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Unread 07-31-2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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Definitely get a FSM vs the Haynes manual. I haven't used mine in a LONG time.

I got a PDF for my '00 free online by luck and searching for a while.

You're right about finding most issues on here or one of the other XJ specific sites. There's a thread with pictures somewhere.
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If anyone has a link to a FSM for an 89 XJ. I would really appreciate it. A person was kind enough to send me one for my YJ a few months ago. I would never been able to fix it with a hayes or chiltons. FSM is the very best way to go.
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