• Nov 21st 2011 at 5:31PM
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Chances are if you've ever spun a wrench on a vehicle, you've likely had a Haynes service manual in your hands at some point as well. The company prides itself on producing inexpensive and informative volumes on just about every late-model vehicle manufactured these days. Now, the company's efforts are available online.

So far, the top 50 selling Haynes titles are accessible in electronic form, and the publisher says that more are on the way. Each volume can be viewed from any mobile device with an Internet connection, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, but these are more than just PDF files of the paper versions.

Haynes says that shadetree mechanics can take advantage of videos depicting the tasks at hand, hopefully eliminating time-consuming mistakes in the process. As anyone who has ever suffered through erroneous forum advice can attest, knowing really is half the battle.

Users can purchase a one-year subscription for $25 or a lifetime subscription for $30 per vehicle. Hit the jump for the full press release as well as a quick video on the manuals.

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The Revered DIY Automotive and Motorcycle Repair Book Publishing Company
Rolls Out Electronic Editions with Enhanced Features and Value

Haynes Publishing, the worldwide leader in the supply of repair and maintenance information for DIY mechanics, officially launched its DIY Automotive repair manuals online to much fanfare at the recent SEMA/AAPEX Show in Las Vegas.

Currently, the top 50 selling Haynes Manuals are available with more electronic manuals coming soon. Users of the online versions are treated to supplemental audio and video instructions that were previously unavailable, and they can access them from any portable electronic device with an Internet connection, including laptops, smart phones and tablets.

"Many DIY-minded individuals are also quite tech savvy. As a result, it's a natural evolution for the Haynes brand to offer digital content with enhanced options such as video, audio, all-color photos as well as color wiring diagrams," said Eric Oakley, Haynes Group CEO. "Being able to watch and pause a video from under the hood of your car allows for the elimination of mistakes and provides a clear-cut understanding of the task at hand. Now, instead of conducting a web search and hoping you find a valid fix for your problem, Haynes Manuals Online users can simply log on from anywhere and be walked through a precise repair on the spot."

Haynes is aware that plenty of automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts provide free online advice, but this information may not always be accurate. Every Haynes Manual is written from hands-on experience based on a complete teardown, which is the step-by-step procedure of dismantling a particular vehicle part-by-part. This is followed by the detailed rebuilding of the specific model it documents. With Haynes Manuals Online, the DIY community can be assured of the same trustworthy repair information that they've enjoyed in the Haynes printed books for more than 50 years.

The company believes they have been able to add much value and appeal to the electronic version of the famous DIY product. Haynes will continue to roll out new online manuals and the traditional printed product line will continue to be marketed aggressively with an ongoing program of updates and new titles.

Haynes is testing the online manuals in the U.S. market and will then introduce them across the globe.

Haynes Manuals Online are available now through Haynes' own website, www.Haynes.com, and soon will be available through its traditional auto parts store retail account base, as well.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome! Was trying to locally find a Haynes for my Protege 5 all weekend with no success, so this would be a great alternative. Being able to just use my iPad would be pretty ideal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm in the same situation as you, all I could find were manuals for the generation before.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice idea, but terrible pricing. These manuals (the paper edition) costs about $25 - and usually a LOT less if you search Amazon and your car is older. Why should the electronic version, which saves Haynes a TON of money on printing, shipping and storage costs have the same price as the paper copy?? That's ridiculous. If Haynes was smart, they would offer up their entire library of books online for FREE, but then have ads on their site to pay for it. Basically the same business model as network TV. I would bet that if done right, they would actually make more money that way because if you buy the book, Haynes only gets your money once, but if you visit their site over and over again, you would be viewing ads every time you visit their site.
        • 1 Month Ago

        Worst manual I have ever seen.  Honda Odyssey online is just a generic auto troubleshooting thing.  Nothing specific to the car at all.  Even though they advertised it as a manual for the Ody.  Ripped Off!  Never again Haynes.  Someone else will get my money next time.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect! Now I can get the following on my laptop/tablet/droid: 1) Disconnect battery 2) Remove parts 3) Installation is reverse of removal 4) Check for leaks
      Jared Schwager
      • 3 Years Ago
      *cough*2011/2012 Mustang*cough* You listening Haynes?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jared Schwager
        Yeah right... they still don't have one for my '08 Taurus.
      Christopher Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Says it all: http://www.mkivsupra.net/vbb/showthread.php?256141-haynes-manual
      • 3 Years Ago
      My daughter just bought me a Haynes manual for my birthday. It covers all versions of the the USS Enterprise, from Capt Archer, through Kirk and Picard. My daughter knows me well :)
        P.F. Bruns
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have the Millennium Falcon manual on my wishlist. However, be warned: there is no such thing as a stock light freighter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Terrible manuals and a ridiculously overpriced idea. Better to buy the paper version at half the price (which you can use in a garage) so you can throw it in the trash when you discover it's wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually broke my manual for my 2001 Ford Ranger out this past weekend for the first time in about 2 years and instantly remembered why I quit using it. They combined about 20+ years worth of Rangers into one normal sized book. I know the Ranger hasn't changed as much as some other trucks, but absolutly nothing in my manual looked anything like what my truck does. I was trying to find some details about front end steering and suspension parts. Maybe if they updated their stuff, and you could get it so that it pertained exactly to your model, instead of decades worth of changes, and it was a bit cheaper, I might consider. I ended up spending 20-30 mins googling and found everything I needed an some ideas on new stuff I want to do. Too bad I spent $30 on the book.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is a great idea. I've been in a few situations where the instructions in the manual just don't suffice and a video explanation is really needed. However, I hope they update the e-manuals more often than they do the paper ones. I've been in situations before where the process for the newer models varied from the older ones and was not mentioned in the manual. This usually isn't a problem now because of Google, but let's hope they allow for user-created content to fix any minor dependencies in the manual.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Let's hope this means they are also revamping the way they do electrical diagrams too. Lord knows that being able to highlight specific wires and see everything on ONE PAGE would make life much better.
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