No, we’re not talking about underwear here. A Chilton Manual and Haynes Manual are two brands of automotive manuals that show you how to do absolutely everything on your vehicle. Complete tear down of all parts of the vehicle are clearly documented via photograph and text. They are an excellent resource for anyone that intends to make repairs at home.
The main point is this: pick one and get on with it. Doesn’t matter which manual you use, just make sure you’ve got one. I chose Haynes simply because that is what they had at Autozone on the day I decided to buy one. I had a friend that worked on trucks with me at age 16 that always used Chilton. I really don’t think there is much difference.
These manuals will also provide you with a better maintenance schedule that what is found in your vehicle’s owner guide and also show you how to do it all. I was glad to have it recently, because I just got done replacing transmission fluid and filter, coolant and hoses and also the serpentine belt on my 2000 F350 Powerstroke. We also have a 2006 Honda Odyssey and I plan on replacing the timing belt this fall. I’ve already read over the manual for that. It sounds a bit more involved of a project that I would normally be comfortable with, but here is the perk: Honda also knows that I should probably be doing this soon and I received a coupon in the mail. They offered to give me a deal and replace the timing belt for $485. A quick check at Autozone’s website revealed that a timing belt costs $29.99! Yes, I’ll be doing this one on my own and keeping that leftover $455 in my pocket, thank you very much!