Service manual, cost and source

khill

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Jan 7, 2012
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For some reason I'm compelled to buy a service manual for my trailblazer, the official one, not those haynes or chiltons POS... Found one on ebay for about 150, is that a good price? Anyone know where to get one cheaper?
 

ieatglue

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Nov 20, 2011
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$150 for a manual??? That's kinda expensive IMO. I've never used haynes or Chiltons until recently when I bought a torque wrench just to get the torque specs from. If you don't already know, you can access the Chiltons manuals for free here
 

khill

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Jan 7, 2012
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Well, it is the real Chevrolet service manual, everything you ever need to know about the platform... Same thing the stealerships use. Thanks for the link though.
 

Wooluf1952

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Nov 20, 2011
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I bought the factory 3 vol. set, new, direct from HelmInc.com for $126.95 and that included shipping.

The set for your 2004 is $135 plus shipping.
 

khill

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fadyasha said:
Damn that is alot for a manual :eek:!

Not just a manual but a factory service manual, it's like a Trailblazer bible. It's justifiable when you really use one. Just used one to replace half the electrical on a 91 Jeep and it had lots of information found nowhere else. Thankfully those are so old you can find em online for free now... Haven't needed one for my TB yet, but I'd like to have it before I need it.

Thanks for the link wooluf.
 

MAY03LT

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fadyasha said:
Damn that is alot for a manual :eek:!

Yeah it's steep but it is so worth it.:yes:

Here's how one model year of Helms stacks up against the 02-03 chiltons.

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The_Roadie

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tbuckalew14 said:
Wow. That's a lot of reading.
I always try to keep vehicles for 8-10 years, so I buy the factory service manual right away, even while it's still in warranty. For the Roadiemobile, I bought the Helm manual, and sat down EVERY NIGHT for over a month reading it cover to cover, absorbing the theory of operation of all the systems, tracing schematics, and so forth. That's why I'm such a systems geek. Or maybe it's because I'm a systems geek. :confused: I'm just insanely curious and hate mysteries. :cool:

So when somebody asks where I get my data that they're considering disputing, I just post this picture:

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The_Roadie

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MAY03LT said:
Yeah it's steep but it is so worth it.:yes:
My point as well; if you're trying to save money on DIY repairs, you have to invest in tools. Knowledge is a POWERFUL and VALUABLE tool.

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