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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-28-05, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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General Self Help Books

I am new at this and have bought both the Haynes and the Chiltons for my ranger(specs in sig line).

So far, these two I found posted in the ranger forum:

How Cars Work

Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach
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Also, what is your opinion on this one:

http://www.service-bulletins.com/pro...products_id=41

I did notice the General Haynes electrical troubleshooting book. Is that any good?


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While I am in Australia, rather than in North America where I assume you are, I have a copy of Automotive Technology – A systems Approach Erjavec J and Scharff R Delmar Publishing Inc on my shelf. It’s a good general text that will give you a good basic understanding of auto mechanics/

It is a text book often used in TAFE’s (Trade Schools) here and it on par with most similar used by apprentice mechanics. I picked my copy a cheap with several similar books at a Dymocks “Brain food Sale” a few years ago. Of this type of book I prefer Mitchell’s Automechanics Mitchell Information Services Inc Prentice Hall New Jersey as it has a chattier style that gives it a feel its written by a single knowledgeable person rather than a committee of trade lecturers (though in fact the reverse seems to be the situation ie Mitchells is written by a committee). If it’s like Australia the local trade school will have both a book shop selling this and similar texts and perhaps also a second hand bookshop where you can pick up last years edition of this and similar books at a bargain price.

I don't appear to have a copy of How Cars Work (I tend to hoard automotive books so can't be totally certain but it doesn't ring a bell) so I can't comment on that one.

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I noticed that the systems approach also had a tech manual in addition

Which one should I get?

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Haven't seen the tech manual so can't say.

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