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View Poll Results: What Service Manual do you use?
Haynes 18 43.90%
Chilton 2 4.88%
Chrystler 13 31.71%
Online 2 4.88%
Ask the Forums 6 14.63%
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Unread 06-23-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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What Manual do YOU use?

The Question has been asked. What Service manuals do you use?

Post below IF you have specific reasons for using one over another...

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Unread 06-23-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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I use a combination of FSM, Haynes (the photos can be more useful than the illustrations in the FSM) and the forum. Seems the most sensible way to do it. Ideally, your poll needs a "combination of these" option to fully cover all the bases.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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FSM for procedures, haynes for photos
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Unread 06-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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Mostly fsm i dont even open my haynes anymore. then theres the internet and here.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #5
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I've got the FSM for my 96 and I'm getting a 98 FSM for the niner.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 04:24 PM   #6
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I use FSM primarily and refer to Haynes as backup. Since I dont have a DRB, the FSM often leaves me at a quandary. A lot of times, Haynes will give suitable sub for using the DRB to test a component.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 04:46 PM   #7
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I have a copy of the euro-spec FSM that I use for most things I can't figure out by looking at it. If the FSM doesn't help, there's usually a write-up online.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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where is the option for none?

i ask/search online when i am truly stumped but never found any use for a service manual of any sort.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #9
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Mitchell On Demand, Alldata and FSM. Haynes and Chilton gives ya what you paid for and that's about it.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #10
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I've been using this forum, youtube and a haynes manual. Had the opportunity to pick up a FSM, so I just grabbed one for cheap, so I SHOULD be covered at this point! LOL!
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Unread 06-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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I usually search the forum to see if I can find what I'm looking for first. If I can't find anything I read the FSM.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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FSM for procedures and specs, this forum, YouTube and the internet for other information or confirmation of the info Ive received.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 11:28 PM   #13
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I use a Chilton because it was 25 cents at a garage sale brand new.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 01:18 AM   #14
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please share online if you have a softcopy?
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Unread 06-24-2013, 06:33 AM   #15
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Youtube and Haynes.

By the way, page 1-2 of the Haynes manual where it lists the fluid capacity for a drain and refill of the automatic transmission fluid, it says 4 quarts. I have a 5.9 and did a fluid and filter change. Added four quarts and thought I had toasted the transmission. It didn't want to go into gear, to the point that you would have to hit the accelerator to get it to stick. Then it would randomly shift between 3rd and 4th. Checked the fluid and it was low. Once I added the right amount, it shifted fine. Is the manual wrong? Is it wrong for all model years, or only '98?
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