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Clerp 12-17-2006 07:21 AM

Which manual should I get?
 
I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?


billy ray 12-17-2006 09:14 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
If you plan on doing most repairs yourself you will find that the Factory
Service Manual is the reference you want. If you just plan just minor
maintenance then a Haynes or Chilton's will probably do.

You can probably get a FSM at a much better price than $129 if you look
around...

It is also nice to have an owners manual,,,,,, they run 10-15 dollars on
eBay.

Welcome to the dark side...




"Clerp" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] ps.com...
>I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?
>




billy ray 12-17-2006 09:14 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
If you plan on doing most repairs yourself you will find that the Factory
Service Manual is the reference you want. If you just plan just minor
maintenance then a Haynes or Chilton's will probably do.

You can probably get a FSM at a much better price than $129 if you look
around...

It is also nice to have an owners manual,,,,,, they run 10-15 dollars on
eBay.

Welcome to the dark side...




"Clerp" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] ps.com...
>I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?
>




billy ray 12-17-2006 09:14 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
If you plan on doing most repairs yourself you will find that the Factory
Service Manual is the reference you want. If you just plan just minor
maintenance then a Haynes or Chilton's will probably do.

You can probably get a FSM at a much better price than $129 if you look
around...

It is also nice to have an owners manual,,,,,, they run 10-15 dollars on
eBay.

Welcome to the dark side...




"Clerp" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] ps.com...
>I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?
>




Mike Romain 12-17-2006 11:15 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
The best inexpensive book I have seen for your 'engine bay' area
including the engine controls and wiring is the Haynes CJ manual. The
YJ manual mostly deals with the 4.0 engine. Having both of them would
be a good start.

Mike
86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG Muds, 'glass nose to tail in '00
88 Cherokee 235 BFG AT's
Canadian Off Road Trips Photos: Non members can still view!
Jan/06 http://www.imagestation.com/album/pi...?id=2115147590
(More Off Road album links at bottom of the view page)

Clerp wrote:
>
> I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?


Mike Romain 12-17-2006 11:15 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
The best inexpensive book I have seen for your 'engine bay' area
including the engine controls and wiring is the Haynes CJ manual. The
YJ manual mostly deals with the 4.0 engine. Having both of them would
be a good start.

Mike
86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG Muds, 'glass nose to tail in '00
88 Cherokee 235 BFG AT's
Canadian Off Road Trips Photos: Non members can still view!
Jan/06 http://www.imagestation.com/album/pi...?id=2115147590
(More Off Road album links at bottom of the view page)

Clerp wrote:
>
> I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?


Mike Romain 12-17-2006 11:15 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
The best inexpensive book I have seen for your 'engine bay' area
including the engine controls and wiring is the Haynes CJ manual. The
YJ manual mostly deals with the 4.0 engine. Having both of them would
be a good start.

Mike
86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG Muds, 'glass nose to tail in '00
88 Cherokee 235 BFG AT's
Canadian Off Road Trips Photos: Non members can still view!
Jan/06 http://www.imagestation.com/album/pi...?id=2115147590
(More Off Road album links at bottom of the view page)

Clerp wrote:
>
> I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?


Earle Horton 12-17-2006 11:23 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
The Haynes covers several years and it can be confusing when you are reading
the wrong paragraph or page and things just don't match up with what you
have under the hood.

Earle

"billy ray" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> If you plan on doing most repairs yourself you will find that the Factory
> Service Manual is the reference you want. If you just plan just minor
> maintenance then a Haynes or Chilton's will probably do.
>
> You can probably get a FSM at a much better price than $129 if you look
> around...
>
> It is also nice to have an owners manual,,,,,, they run 10-15 dollars on
> eBay.
>
> Welcome to the dark side...
>
>
>
>
> "Clerp" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected] ps.com...
> >I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> > and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> > engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> > start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> > so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> > don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> > Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> > Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> > course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?
> >

>
>




Earle Horton 12-17-2006 11:23 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
The Haynes covers several years and it can be confusing when you are reading
the wrong paragraph or page and things just don't match up with what you
have under the hood.

Earle

"billy ray" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> If you plan on doing most repairs yourself you will find that the Factory
> Service Manual is the reference you want. If you just plan just minor
> maintenance then a Haynes or Chilton's will probably do.
>
> You can probably get a FSM at a much better price than $129 if you look
> around...
>
> It is also nice to have an owners manual,,,,,, they run 10-15 dollars on
> eBay.
>
> Welcome to the dark side...
>
>
>
>
> "Clerp" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected] ps.com...
> >I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> > and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> > engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> > start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> > so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> > don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> > Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> > Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> > course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?
> >

>
>




Earle Horton 12-17-2006 11:23 AM

Re: Which manual should I get?
 
The Haynes covers several years and it can be confusing when you are reading
the wrong paragraph or page and things just don't match up with what you
have under the hood.

Earle

"billy ray" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> If you plan on doing most repairs yourself you will find that the Factory
> Service Manual is the reference you want. If you just plan just minor
> maintenance then a Haynes or Chilton's will probably do.
>
> You can probably get a FSM at a much better price than $129 if you look
> around...
>
> It is also nice to have an owners manual,,,,,, they run 10-15 dollars on
> eBay.
>
> Welcome to the dark side...
>
>
>
>
> "Clerp" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected] ps.com...
> >I just bought a 1988 Wrangler with a soft top. The odometer has 93K,
> > and I bought it from a service shop that had just replaced the 4.2L
> > engine with another one that has about 50K. The car is a little hard to
> > start in the cold (I live in the Poconos), but is running pretty well
> > so far. I want to get the owners manual and a service manual, but I
> > don't know which one is best. I can get the owners manual online from
> > Collins Brothers for $20 plus about $10 shipping. They also have the
> > Jeep shop manual for $129--which doesn't seem worth it to me. Of
> > course, I can also get the Chilton's or Haynes manuals. Any advice?
> >

>
>





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