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Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:01 PM

Question re: older vehicle maintenance...

1) 1999 Ford Ranger, 6 cyl, auto, 230,000 miles

2) 2003 Ford E350, 7.3 diesel, 260,000 miles

Both have been mechanically very well maintained, despite their looks.

What would be the best maintenance/repair manuals for this age of vehicles? Chilton? Something else?

You knowÖelectrical diagrams, part numbers, etc, procedures/instructions for removing/replacing that hard to reach doohickey that you canít even see up under that other stuff that you donít really want to remove if you donít have to.

And where would I purchase such a manual?

Thank you for any suggestions.

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ret5hd Mar 2023 OP
Kali Mar 2023 #1
KS Toronado Mar 2023 #4
Earl_from_PA Mar 2023 #2
mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #3
mudpuddle Mar 2023 #5
Bristlecone Mar 2023 #7
MOMFUDSKI Mar 2023 #6
DetroitLegalBeagle Mar 2023 #8
SheltieLover Mar 2023 #9
Best_man23 Mar 2023 #10
TeamProg Apr 2023 #11

Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:07 PM

1. autozone has a lot of that on line

I would say bookmark youtube videos, they can be much more helpful than paper manuals. also discussion forums for your vehicles.

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Response to Kali (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:29 PM

4. I'll 2nd the youtube videos

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:10 PM

2. I have always used Haynes manuals

https://haynes.com/en-us/

Most auto parts stores carry them.

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Response to Earl_from_PA (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:18 PM

3. I second the recommendation of Haynes manuals.

If you have the money and you can find it, get the factory manual.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:45 PM

5. I always like Chilton's better than Haynes

Chilton's was more detailed and technical, but all I see these days are Haynes manuals.
Youtube is better, however. If you have a question you need answered, find a Ford truck forum with thousands of posts.
For a Ranger I am fixing for my son, I joined ranger-forums.com

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Response to mudpuddle (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 05:20 PM

7. +1 on the manual preference and +1000 on YouTube vids

I have done things with my cars that I would have likely never attempted without a YouTube walkthrough.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 04:58 PM

6. Check your local library

for the Chiltons and YouTube is great.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 05:27 PM

8. Youtube

Chilton and Haynes are ok. For vehicles of that age, the factory manuals could probably be found online for cheap now.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2023, 09:53 PM

9. Look online for factory service manuals.

Many are free online.

Same with electrical service manual, if you can find them.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2023, 08:18 AM

10. I have found factory manuals on eBay

I would look for listings with an actual CD-ROM or paper manual. I just did a quick search and there are multiple listings for your vehicles.

Also look at some of the online forums for information. Dealership technicians often post on those forums and they know all the tips and tricks that are NOT printed in the service manuals.



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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Tue Apr 11, 2023, 07:44 PM

11. Old ??!! My newest vehicle is a 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon Adventurewagen camper!

or older:

1985 ToyLotus MR2
1977 Ford F250 Highboy
1972 Triumph TR6
1971 MG B GT

2016 Kubota L2501 tractor.. does that count?

Old? Wha ?!!

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