The Bible of the Shadetree Mechanic Joins The Digital Era

June 23, 2011
Haynes repair manual. Image: Haynes Publishing

Haynes repair manual. Image: Haynes Publishing

If you’ve ever spun a wrench on your own car or motorcycle, chances are good that you did so with the assistance of a Haynes repair manual. Available at libraries, auto parts stores and mass retailers alike, it seemed that there was a Haynes manual printed for any vehicle older than five years of age. Even if you didn’t have a specific vehicle to wrench on, Haynes manuals could give you all the detail you ever cared to know about body repair, carburetors, fuel injection, air conditioning systems or even transmissions. 

Times have changed, and print is no longer the preferred media of mechanics, shadetree or otherwise. Who wants to find a printed manual, then sort through the index to find what may or may not be the information you need, when you can just go online and download a copy, then search for specific terms? Haynes feels your pain, so they’re just about to launch a series of Haynes MOL, or Manuals On Line. Like their print counterparts, the online manuals will contain pictures, diagrams and step-by-step instructions for repair.

Haynes will roll out the fifty most popular titles online first, beginning this fall. The format will be conducive to laptop, tablet and mobile device viewing, which means you can patch your classic Volkswagen Scirocco back together anywhere you can get cell phone or internet service. There’s no word on pricing yet, so let’s hope that Haynes offers both purchase and limited time subscription prices for those that need a little extra help with a one-time task.


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