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Ford Pick-ups & Bronco 1980 thru 1996 2WD & 4WD Full-Size, F-100 thru F-350 Gasoline Engines (Haynes Manuals)
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17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
IS A HAYNES BETTER THAN A CHILTON! Jul 14, 2011
By Street Pilot
I was looking for a complete diagram of the fuel system for my ol' 92 Ford truck. I didn't know what was what, people say nasty things about the Chilton's Manual just as much as they say nasty things about the Hanyes Manual. My dad was a mechanic so I was used to using a Chilton. But when I bought my first car I wound up getting a Haynes manual... So which is better?
FOR THE LADY'S...
In my opinion it depends on your level of experience working on vehicles. If you have never troubleshooted an engine or vehicle problem GO WITH A HAYNES. The reason why I am saying that is that the Haynes has a TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE at the front of the book, the Haynes is great for ease of learning about your vehicle and I recommend it for the lady's and the shade tree mechanics. It has grainy black and white pictures and larger exploded diagrams than the Chilton's manual, though I do see they can be hard to follow along because there often mislabeled but it does give you a general idea of what to do.
The Chilton only has a routine maintenance section with NO TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE, and this is where I think Chilton has lost the majority of their audience over the years. However, it should be noted that a Chilton is written for the professional mechanic, and for the mechanic that knows his way around an engine compartment. For example in the engine overhaul section the Chilton boasts Piston, Compression, and Tourqe Specification charts which are more detailed as it lists all the year models in an easy to read format, it's an easier read than what Haynes offers. Haynes offers some of the same data, but I had a difficult time tracking their data with it because it's printed over several pages as compared to Chilton's data which is printed all on one single page in an easy to read cross referencing diagram. The Chilton boasts a high quality paper than a Haynes. The Chilton has no pictures, but has easy to read diagrams and exploded diagrams of each model year transmission and engine and many other components. Though I recommend a good pair of magnification glasses when observing most of the diagrams and drawings.
All in All...
I recommend the Haynes for the Lay Mechanic, and the Chilton for the Pro Mechanic, and I recommend both for those of you who are serious mechanics who may need to cross reference data.
That is all.
28 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Beginners Book. Oct 22, 1999
Most beginner shade tree mechanics will love it, those of us looking for serious help without going to the dealer, will be disappointed. I was. It gets almost to the point and then quits.. Found as much, no more info online, good for general maintance. Lacked information needed to to trouble shoot.....
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Get to know your vehicle better Jan 23, 2003
Knowing little about auto mechanics I find this manual very informative. It's a great to use as a detailed extension of an owners manual. I use it thouroughly for basic maintenance and repair. As an amature mechanic it's a good resource for getting to know your truck better, with detailed descriptions on every part. I've tried to use this book as a trouble shooting guide with with little success. More often than not it led me down dead end paths and seemed to lack a lot of info in this department.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Too General Oct 31, 2010
By Consumer 1011100100
I have used two other Haynes Manuals and have usually found them very useful and well priced. So when it came to getting a manual for my old beat up ford f-150 I picked this one. But just look at the title, it covers 16 years of full sized pickups F-150, F-250, F-350 and the Bronco. Its simply too much for the book to adequately cover. The pictures have about a 1 in 4 chance of looking anything like the components in my truck. I also find it to be very carburetor biased with EFI being relegated to footnotes and references that turn out to be a wild goose chase.
This can be chalked up to Haynes biting off more than they can chew but there is a myriad of other problems with this book. They often reference you to another chapter (i.e. "see chapter x") when they really should give you a page number. This causes needless hunting and probing through the whole chapter for the part you are looking for. There is also the problem of not properly referencing illustrations. They will say "see illustration" but...which one?! There are 6 on the page, each with a number, why can't you say "see illustration 32.8"? The book is also fraught with totally unacceptable references to the right and left side instead of driver's side and passenger side.
There is some good general knowledge, but when its time to get to turning wrenches I want some specifics so I don't ruin something. That's where this book fails.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Not helpful Aug 11, 2002
There is no sequence to the picture numbering. "Locate the fuel filter on the inside of the left-side rail (see illustration)" the problem is that there are 6 illustrations on the page and none is labelled left-side frame rail.
Certain factory parts of my truck are NOT in this book. It names some parts but leaves you wondering the purpose or need of said part.
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