Advantages: Save you loads! Disadvantages: Can be hard to understand.
...Do you own a boat, car, motorcycle, plane, husband, baby, bicycle, house, or commercial vehicle? Then you need a Haynes manual.
Haynes manuals have been around for 30+ years, and have provided help for mechanics and car owners alike for that time, with relatively simple step-by-step instructions on what you’re trying to do.
No matter what car or bike you own, Haynes are sure to...
Advantages: Clear instructions on how to strip most things. Disadvantages: Can be a little limited, vague pictures, pictograms needed.
..., it can take literally years to do the research needed to publish a comprehensive manual, based on a complete stripdown and reassembly.
One fault I keep coming across, is where the manual says to "Remove so-and-so component" - and when you check how to do this, you are told to use "special Vauxhall (or whoever) tool number such and such. Of course you posess no such tool, so have to decide...
Advantages: Save a fortune on repairs/servicing. Disadvantages: Pictures could be clearer
...was a few years later, when I was presented with another expensive repair on a Ford Escort. It needed a new clutch. It wasn't that I was heavy on my clutches, it's just that all I could afford in those days were cars with heavy mileage on them. Hire-purchase was never an option - my father didn't agree with it.
The Haynes Workshop Manuals had just hit the market and I got one for the Escort...