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.
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.