Haynes, Chilton Update Repair Manuals for Chevy S10, Blazer and More

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Chevy Haynes Chilton Manuals S10 Blazer Traverse

These books are a must when working on a Chevy trucks or any related model from other brands.

The odds are good that if you work on your Chevy at home in your garage, you have a repair manual from either Haynes or Chilton. These two repair manual brands offer books for many of the same vehicles and while some people might think that they are competing brands, the two books are owned by the same company. Where they differ is in how they offer up the information, with Chilton being designed for someone with a little more mechanical ability while the Haynes book is laid out to cater to a mechanical beginner.

Both repair manual brands are constantly rolling out new and updated books and among their recent announcements are two books that relate to modern Chevy products. This includes an updated Haynes manual that covers the Chevrolet S10, GMC Sonoma, Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada or Isuzu Hombre along with an update Chilton book that covers the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Saturn Outlook.

Repair Manual Contents

If you work on your Chevrolet or other General Motors vehicle and you don’t own a repair manual from Haynes or Chilton, your time in the garage is about to get a whole lot easier. These books are packed with information on how to fix literally every aspect of your car, truck or SUV. Whether you are working on the engine, transmission, air conditioning system, brakes, suspension, body or electrical system, these books explain how to remove and replace every piece of the vehicle.

These manuals are written by technicians who literally take the vehicle in question apart piece by piece, documenting every aspect of the process. Both books also have diagrams with notations, but with the Haynes manual being designed for less-experienced mechanics, their books have more graphics while the Chilton book has more written information. However, within this information is everything you could need to know, from the size and torque spec of every nut and bolt to fluid levels for everything that holds fluid.

Chevy Haynes Chilton Manuals S10 Blazer Traverse

Even if you are well-versed in working on your Chevy, these books are a great resource when getting into heavy duty projects, including tips on how to make certain components easier to access and remove.

Updated Chevy Books

The two “new” books from Haynes and Chilton are actually updated books.

From Haynes, book number 24071 includes all of this information on the Chevrolet S10, GMC Sonoma, Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada and Isuzu Hombre from 1994 through 2005. This book previous included information on those models through 2001, but 2002 through 2004 have been added for the S10 and Sonoma while the Blazer and Jimmy include 2002 through 2005. This book usually costs $29.95, but right now, you can get the printed version for $24.95.

The update from Chilton is book number 28210 and it focuses on the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Saturn Outlook from the 2007 through 2017 model years. This book previously stopped at 2015, so the 2016 and 2017 model years account for the new information. This book is regularly $35.50, but right now, you can get it for $25.50.

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