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Best "Manual" for 1999 Toyota Tacoma.


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10-28-03, 11:20 AM   #1  
Best "Manual" for 1999 Toyota Tacoma.

Who has the best manual for the 1999 Toyota tacoma ? Years ago I used to use manuals from a company called Chilton but I have no idea what is considered a good source currently. OEM manuals used to describe things in a technical way for use in an outfitted dealership and "not" for the home mechanic, are they still the same? Feel free to expound to your hearts content. These manuals are not cheap (in the short run)!
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10-28-03, 12:34 PM   #2  
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OEM manual, all the time, every time, 100% of the time.

Use the best information out there---everyone else copies this anyhow, so why not get the original?

If you went to a doctor and he was using a Haynes to do brain surgery on you or a Chilton, would you feel confident? "Ah shoot, doesn't say anything about moving the optic nerve...lemme just move around here, oh shoot!"

You'd want your doctor to have the latest, greatest and best information to treat you. Same with your vehicle.

I've never found an OEM manual to be too technical in nature. They are actually CLEARER than many of the aftermarket ones.

Check Ebay for one or the links I have below through the OEM's to get them.

 
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10-28-03, 03:03 PM   #3  
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OEM thats the way cost is lots more but that is the way to go without a question.They are great because they only cover your model.There is info on everything from body to engines comes in several books.I love them I need to buy one for my new Toyota but for now it goes to the dealer.

 
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10-28-03, 03:13 PM   #4  
OK Joe, I give up! Where do I get the best deal on a OEM Manual? If you are going to tell me at the dealer, I would be way ahead if I waited until I open a repair shop! I need something to explain problems that I can further investigate by WEB search. What I "REALLY" need is a manual that describes by "PICTURE" the components I am interested in, concerning my vehicle.
I got out of mechanics a few years ago, and do not intend to re-inter the field. You try to belittle my questions by "1" liners that makes people come back for days to reach some position of there problem. Not once did anyone mention that there was a web site that showed the "OEM code Numbers' and there probable cause! I am sure you will probably delete this post in protection of your realm, "So Sorry"!
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10-28-03, 04:11 PM   #5  
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Chang:

Since you were in the trade, you know the answer to the question, hence there should be no need to repeat myself.

As I said the first time regarding where to buy manuals:

Check Ebay for one or the links I have below through the OEM's to get them. Look closely in my signature file and there is a link to where to call the OEM for information.

Only you can determine what's a good value to you. You could wait a year for one to come up on Ebay. In turn, if this acceptable to you, wait it out. If you want instant results, pony up for the book from the dealer.

I don't have, nor have I ever sweated the cost of an OEM manual, because 15+ years of being in automotive has told me that they pay for themselves the first time you use them. As anyone that owns one will tell you the same.

---I need something to explain problems that I can further investigate by WEB search. What I "REALLY" need is a manual that describes by "PICTURE" the components I am interested in, concerning my vehicle.

If such a document existed, Larry Toyotaman and half the folks in the trade that post here would retire and go do something else to put bread on their table. A book doesn't replace a technician. It never has and never will. In the same way WebMD will not replace your doctor.

An OEM book DOES HELP a technician solve problems using factory based methods and proven, approved techniques to fix the vehicle right. After all, the company that made the machine knows best how it's to be serviced, correct?

--You try to belittle my questions by "1" liners that makes people come back for days to reach some position of there problem. Not once did anyone mention that there was a web site that showed the "OEM code Numbers' and there probable cause! I am sure you will probably delete this post in protection of your realm,

I don't belittle anyone---seems like you're bringing this on yourself, old champ. No one owes you an answer, but I see plenty of people that have helped you out (myself included) saving you some pretty large ones at this point. Are you stating we should discontinue helping you due to your ungrateful behavior? I will do as you wish if this is what you want.

---So Sorry

If that's sincere, apology accepted .

 
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10-30-03, 02:29 AM   #6  
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Joe----


Chilton makes good manuals, somewhat detailed, yet vague when
dealing w/ stuff like interiors--dash, seats, etc. However for the motor
and brakes, its fine and dandy. I dont think this guys gonna overhaul his
tranny or rewire the thing's electrical.

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10-30-03, 06:38 AM   #7  
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Sorry Chilton doesn't make good manuals like that anymore. Times have changed since the 1974 Chevy you used them on for which they were very good.

For the basics, yes, but not for what this poster is looking for.

Chilton is a little loose on diagnostics, wiring charts and flow charts and often tells you to "bring it to a qualified" technician when it gets beyond changing parts/wear parts.

I've said it once, I'll say it 1000 times, OEM manual. Far superior, every way, all the way, 100% of the way. Nothing else will do on a modern vehicle.


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10-30-03, 06:54 AM   #8  
Changeling, If I were you I would pick up a copy of the oem manual, a chiltons manual and a haynes manual, this way you will have many pictures and cross references and should be able to tackle anything. You probably can pick up all three manuals on ebay for under $50 bucks. All the diffrent manuals have diffrent pictures and discriptions of doing the same job. They will pay for themselves on the first job. And as Joe said if you go for only one manual the oem is the way to go.

 
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10-30-03, 10:53 AM   #9  
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One of my colleagues in one of our plants called me today to look up something for him on a 1999 Camry.

I can tell you, if you can't follow the OEM manual, it's time to close the hood, step away from the vehicle and seek professional service. If this doesn't do it for ya, nothing will.

It's mostly pictoral in nature now and very well explained and in simple language.

 
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