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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2004, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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best tech manual?

Just wondering. I'd like to get a technical manual for my car and I'm not sure which one is considered the best. Haynes, Chilton's, or maybe some of the CD based ones like Popular Mechanics and I've seen some others on ebay as well.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2004, 05:28 PM
 
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I've got a Ford manual specific for a 1995 Tbird Cougar and it's bigger than my phone book! More info than you want to know, lots of nice pics of different angles. I think I got it for $30 off of Ebay a while back. I hear the Ford CD's on ebay are good, but it's hard to have a laptop under the car with you
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I have the Hanyes and it's been really helpful. I have a friend with a 93 SC and he got a Chilton, but it covers all models 82-97 including the turbocoup that probably has as much in common with my car as a Honda, so there's a lot of crap in it that we'd probably never use and would just get confusing. My Haynes only covers 89-97 MN12s, so that's what I like about it. However, I do like the idea of a book on just 95s!
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This is what you want:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2452886096

(well, the 94 version of it anyways)

You will not regret buying it, the factory manual covers just about everything, and even has part numbers for everything. I use it and its way better than the haynes.

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This is what you want:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2452886096

(well, the 94 version of it anyways)

You will not regret buying it, the factory manual covers just about everything, and even has part numbers for everything. I use it and its way better than the haynes.

-Andrey
yep that's what I got, it rocks
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2004, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, I thought about the Ford service manuals on the way home a bit after I had posted this. I've seen them on ebay fairly often.
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I have a 1994 bird and I have a 1995 so we have a 94 FORD book and it is the best. I also have the CD which can be handy but when you are out there in the garage working on the car nothing beats the book. Mine must have my oily, dirty finger prints on it all over but it is still one of the best tools to have.

I have the Chiltons, somewhere. I was thinking about making a fire with it for heat since its kinda cold here right now. That gives you an idea of which one I like best.
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I recently bought a 1995 Cougar/4.6L (Dec. 8th) and then I found a Ford dealership service manual on ebay last night but got outbid at $81. I thought sure that my maximum had it secure. Oh well, I guess I'll keep looking. Will Ford sell an individual, a service manual? I don't want a cd, because I don't want dirty hands on my computer.
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Yep. Call a parts department and they will give you an 800 number to call for ordering. As I recall 70-80 is what I payed for mine new.

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why not order one direct from Helms? (800) 782-4356

www.helminc.com


http://www.helminc.com/helm/product2...FEJCHB95DAE187

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Thanks for the help everyone. I went to www.helminc.com and found several things for my Christmas wish list. The item I looked at last night was the service manual and the electrical & vacuum troubleshooting manual. It was used and went for $81. I found the new for $80 and $32 respectively. I also found the Specifications manual with part numbers included for $23 and the Powertrain & Emissions control manual for$130. Does anyone have all the TSB's that were put out for 1995? I one that I have read about on the boards, 4R70W- Delayed/Slow/Soft 1-2 shift (TSB-95-4). I also saw two that may be a problem for me, 4R70W-Intermittent Loss of Torque at shift (TSB-95-5) and Erractic Fuel Guage Readings (TSB-95-2). Each one of the TSB's that I looked at were $6 each.
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I paid like $10 for my Ford Service Cd. I have the complete service manual for every car in 97. I've never seem anywhere close to this much info. I like the cd version better htan the book, everything is hyperlinked and you can search. Plus you can just print out the sections you need, which is what I always do. Or have a laptop handy, that works too.

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Where did you get the Ford Service CD at?
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Where did you get the Ford Service CD at?
http://www.ez-emall.com/FordCDCar.htm

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http://www.nsnmotorsports.com
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