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 know electrical diagrams, part numbers, etc, procedures/instructions for removing/replacing that hard to reach doohickey that you cant even see up under that other stuff that you dont really want to remove if you dont have to.
And where would I purchase such a manual?
Thank you for any suggestions.
I would say bookmark youtube videos, they can be much more helpful than paper manuals. also discussion forums for your vehicles.
If you have the money and you can find it, get the factory manual.
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
I have done things with my cars that I would have likely never attempted without a YouTube walkthrough.
Chilton and Haynes are ok. For vehicles of that age, the factory manuals could probably be found online for cheap now.
Many are free online.
Same with electrical service manual, if you can find them.
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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