I would like to do a review, on the wonderful range of car manuals by Haynes. I am glad to be able to put this in the new category, instead of just Books.
These hardback books come as a complete guide to doing everyday DIY jobs on your car. There is probably one for your car, most are covered, As an example, they do at least thirty different ones for Fords.
The first section in the manual, the introduction, tells you all about your particular model. It tells you when it was introduced, when various options were added, and all the different specifications offered. There is also a Safety First section, this sensible section warns you about all the dangers when working on vehicles.
Roadside repairs are covered, this is a very easy to follow section, and will help you in the event of a breakdown. A detailed range of weekly checks is next, covering all you should be checking every week. Maintenance schedules and procedures are covered next, this is a very well written section.
We then move on to various repairs and overall of different vehicle components. The book guides you through all the different parts of your car, telling you simply, with the aid of photographs, how to strip down, repair, and refit them.
Other information contained, are Dimensions, Vehicle Identification, Tools and working facilities, Annual MOT Test, and Fault finding.
The guide is full of decent exploded diagrams and pictures. The wording is not too technical, and they use a "Degrees of Difficulty" chart, using a "Spanner Rating" One spanner being easy, suitable for the novice with little experience. Five spanners is Very Difficult, suitable for expert DIY or professional.
The hardback cover is wipe clean, although the pages are not.
My manual is probably typical, and is just over an inch thick.
There are also Haynes manuals for Caravans, and Racing Engines, and Bikes, and even Computers. Believe it or not, there is now one on MAN! Yes Man, as in Human. If you don't believe me, the number is Haynes 3931, and the ISBN number is 1 85960 931 7
The books are on sale in the UK for about Â£15 now, you will find a lot cheaper on ebay.
I can certainly recommend them to all.