Haynes Manuals Can Help With DIY Pickup Projects

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If you like to spend late nights in the garage with your pickup truck or want to know how to change its headlights, we recommend you have a few high-quality, model-specific manuals around in case you need guidance.

Haynes Publishing Group is one of the top publishers of automotive repair books and do-it-yourself manuals. It's released a few new editions for some of the more popular pickups, including the 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2011-16 Ford Super Duty. Additionally, Haynes has updated manuals for the 2008-14 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, the 1997-2003 Ford F-150 and 1994-2008 Ram pickups, the latter of which will be available in April.

These manuals (available in print or online) offer advice and how-to guidance for everything from simple oil changes to part rebuilding and replacement. They're designed to be accessible for everyone from professional mechanics to first-time truck owners, and feature large-format color photos, wiring diagrams and internet links to other in-depth sources.

If you plan to work on your vehicle or want to verify the parts or procedures your local dealership is recommending, visit Haynes for more information. It's likely you'll find a how-to manual for your pickup for around $20.

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If you own a Ford, you will need one. Had to say it.

Bought a Haynes manual for my Chevy.
First page said to fix your problem buy a Ford.

At mike good one bro!!!!

Didn't know Ford owners could read.

The only way you're going to fix a Ford is to use the paper from this manual to start the truck on fire. That's assuming the Ford hasn't already set itself on fire.

They don't offer a Ram repair model, not enough paper on the planet for that.

Every mechanic knows that you can't fix a Ford, you can only work on them.

Haynes is worthless if you need to change the serpentine belt on a 6.7 Cummins. Good luck finding a routing diagram because it is not in the book. They refer you to the sticker on the truck that does not exist. I have checked several 4th gen Ram trucks and not one of them had the belt routing diagram. Thank goodness for the internet.

Interesting topic. On DAY ONE I bought a manual for my Ranger. Never bought a manual for either of my Chevy pickups. This is the first time I've ever taken note of it.

I did buy a manual for my wife's Chevy Vega however. Wore it out.

The last one of these I bought was for my S-10 which I still have. I have bought these for my 73 Chevelle and 77 Monte Carlo in the past which basically are the same since both were midsize GM cars. I bought a service factory manual for my Mitsubishi Mighty Max when I owned it.

I bought a service factory manual for my Mitsubishi Mighty Max when I owned it. Posted by: Jeff S | Feb 28, 2018

@Jeff S

If you had a Mitsu it probably only needed oil changes and gas. Great little trucks in their day. Too bad that company got dragged down in all the Daimler/Chrysler/Mitsubishi troubles back in 2006

@papa jim--True, Chrysler had a large share of Mitsubishi stock. It was a great truck had it for 14 years and put 200k miles on it. I bought the factory manual and hardly used it. Daimler about destroyed Chrysler after Iacocca brought them back.

Haynes makes 90% of their money selling these books to stupid Fordtards!

"Haynes makes 90% of their money selling these books to stupid Fordtards!"

True, you need to know how to read to use a manual!

Your mommy help you with the typing?

The older manuals were more in-depth. Some of the newer ones I have owned are missing some important how-to's. Even though I think they're now owned by the same company I prefer the Chilton manuals.

Haynes makes a repair manual for every make and model of car and truck sold in America? Thanks for telling us something that everybody has known for at least the past 40 years. I can't wait for your next article 40 years from now about how Haynes is getting some stiff competition in the repair manual category by Chilton and the new-fangled "world wide web" on the horizon.

Actually BD the printed manuals are still in demand. It's not always easy to be working on a vehicle and swiping on a laptop, tablet, or phone for help. Especially with grease on your hands. They (Haynes/Chilton) do offer an online subscription which in my opinion makes absolutely no sense at all. You pay a fee to be able to access what's in the manual but it's only available to you for only a year and costs the same. Home mechanics like myself prefer to have a hard copy I can leave on the shelf and grab whenever I need it, without having to repay for it again.

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