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Chilton, Haynes, or the official service manual?

I see Chilton and Hayne's service manuals for about $20 and then the actual Ford manual for $80+

Would it be better just to shell out the extra cash for the actual Ford manual and not deal with the possible errors in the Chilton and Hayne's versions?
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The Chilton and Haynes manual are essentially the same thing. And they cover '96-'05, but all the pictures are for the '96. So that's up to you.

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I find both Haynes and Chilton useless.
Each should make one book on engines and another on the rest of the car.
I am not about to rebuild an engine.
And half the books are about rebuiding an engine.
I just want to replace a simple light bulb.
And instructions are so rediculously simplistic.
"Remove dash panel, take out bulb, replace in revese".
Doesn't state where the bolts and clips are and if clips pull or twist nor how many.
Useless for the uninformed amateur mechanic.
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I prefer Chilton's over Haynes, but would rather get the official Ford service manual if possible. I borrowed the Haynes manual for a 97 Contour once and all the pictures in the manual were that of the European Mondeo. Every picture showed the interior of the "Contour" with the steering wheel on the passenger side. Steps in the manual were sometimes confusing, misleading or lacking additional information. What I also don't like (especially with the Ford service manual) is when it tells you to remove something like a trim panel but doesn't tell you how to remove it or what to remove it with. In cases like this, I go to taurusclub.com for additional help and information.


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Check on ebay for Ford manuals on DVDs or CDs. I have one for a 2006 Taurus and a 2001. They were only around $30 and give good details. I also found a 2001 wiring manual which is great when I installed remote starts in my two 2001s. It was only$15. I personally like the Haynes because of the pictures but the year spread is so large it may not be your year.
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I would buy the OEM service manual or DVD. I have never had a subscription to alldata.Com. A few board members here have it.
However, tcca, Taurusowners.com, and YouTube have how-to guides that sometimes beats service manual.

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I find both Haynes and Chilton useless.
Each should make one book on engines and another on the rest of the car.
I am not about to rebuild an engine.
And half the books are about rebuiding an engine.
I just want to replace a simple light bulb.
And instructions are so rediculously simplistic.
"Remove dash panel, take out bulb, replace in revese".
Doesn't state where the bolts and clips are and if clips pull or twist nor how many.
Useless for the uninformed amateur mechanic.
The Haynes manual for the Pontiac Fiero has a section devoted to repairing metal bodywork.


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I have never used the factory service manuals so can't speak to thier effectiveness.
The Chilton/ Haynes manuals I have used a lot for many different cars and I find them useful but not complete.
The one that covers my 2000/2002 Tauruses seems to be lacking in information on the 24v Duratech but is pretty complete on the OHV information.
I am going to look into the Ford manuals on dvd that Automender speaks of. I think that would be the best bet, especially when coupled with the information on the forum.

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I have Ford factory repair & wiring diagram manuals for all of my vehicles, money well spent! I got all mine off ebay, not the CD/DVD type but the real million page looking phone book types.

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