Opinions on AllData - anything else to consider?

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not sure if I should post this here or in general chat. . .

I have a Chilton's manual for my 95 Ford Escort - it seems a bit sketchy, especially as regards the testing procedures and explanation of systems, espec emissions.

As an alternative I've come across AllData. Seems pretty good for the price, except that it's for one year and one car. It would be nice to have something close to a standard shop manual, although I probably couldn't afford that.

Does anyone recommend this? Anything better? Anything else I should consider?


posted by  Kbarb

Go to the dearler and order the Shop Manual for your car. Cost is about a Hundred dollars. It contains everything you need to know about your car, including electrical diagrams, and unit repair item, such as pumps, alternator, and body.
It contains all the OBD codes and troubleshooting tables for your car, and lots of diagnostic tables for all systems.

Why rent when you can buy? The book lasts forever.

You can also try the library in the research section. Many puplic libraries stock full Chiltons and Hayes manuals and other and others. You'll be amazed at the info you can get at the library.

And the next time you buy a car, just before you close the deal, tell the guy, "Ok I'll take it but you gotta thrown in a shop manual."

I have a shop manual on every car I ever bought, and I kept them when I sold the cars.

posted by  jcutsh

Ok, thanks John.
Actually I've always bought the shop manuals in the past, but I was under the impression that modern manuals were 3 or 4 volume sets for hundreds of dollars.
I just looked and you can find some on Ebay as well.
Thanks again.

posted by  Kbarb

Damn, just like I thought. . . I call Ford to verify that there is only one manual. I luckily found the factory shop manual on Ebay, and after it takes over two weeks to arrive, it turns out that there is a separate manual for all the emissions repair and maintenance, and it's the one I need. And it's only $124.
I swear, a lot of life is herding cats.

posted by  Kbarb

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