Meant to say buy and download the manual from helm. Totally new platform - new chassis, new engine, new everything. You can get a better fit with a new crossmember designed to get the engine down and back. Each has had their weak and strong points and it seemed worthwhile to have both systems. Exact diagrams, all the torques, thread pitches, and precise procedures.
Disclaimer- You are suppose to have a Michigan drivers license or state id, if you chose to use a letter followed by 12 single digits example A123456789012 that is not a Michigan drivers license, its all on you! I've seen that Haynes are not keeping up with the times. Sometimes you can find them for free. It told me that removing the hub would make things easier. I wonder if you ran down to your local auto store - if they had one that was already opened and you could peek in it and see which ones you liked better. I have a new site up for the last two weeks I am working on that may cover these things. Really the factory service manual is the only way to go. After 30+ years of shade tree wrenching, I can say that the more info you have the better off you are.
This is just an example, I'm not saying you'll read the sentance above in the Haynes or Chilton Honda books, but you get the idea. It's been okay for most of the stuff I've needed it for so far. Yes, that's right, they made one manual to cover 26 years of a car. However - they're not specific enough. The Haynes seemed a lot better but still had lots of generic stuff which is basically recycled, one size fits all text and even diagrams.
Others you pay a fee and download what you need. The Chilton manuals were better back, pre-1985. If you think you'll leave the big stuff for the mechanics, the Chilton or Haynes books will get you by. I've had a lot of Chilton and Haynes manuals, and personally, I've given up on them. Naturally, over the past year, it has started to require some attention. I have done a lot of work on my cars.
Snoope I have a Haynes for every vehicle we have had. Replace gasket, install in reverse order. Or are you someone that takes yout truck in for all repairs, even oil changes? All in all, if I'm able to do one job myself that would otherwise have gone to the shop, I've paid for the book and then some. The Haynes I have for my Ducs is next to worthless. Focus on a particular model for a limited number of production years means it is nearly as comprehensive as Chilton - but only for that vehicle! Chiltons are still hard to find. It had some balls for a 4 cyl and some piss poor gas milage to boot.
No mention of where to find a horn relay in a Sunfire. The best example I can give is changing trans fluid. The Helm manual is the factory manual. . Some incorrect technical info or wiring schematic faults have caused me a fair amount of grief in the past.
Matthew Hunt has answered my question. I've used Clymer for motorcycles before, and they are typically pretty good. I broke a bolt on a Dodge brake caliper because the torque setting in the manual was 88 ft-lbs when it should have read 38 ft-lbs Chilton is good if you have a knowledgeable friend, as it can serve as a guidebook while the both of you labor away on your automechanical quest. However, from what I remember Chilton manuals are good too. For example, they may describe a nine step process to changing the front disc brakes.
Are they really worth it? If he's full of crap, I can check it out. There may be an online answer to a chiltons manual, if online would work for you. Alldata jumped out with the digital system and Mitchell followed. I'm just starting out to work with cars so I would have assumed Haynes to be more then decent for a novice. The Haynes I have for my Ducs is next to worthless.
If you want a total change crack the trans open! The reason it's broken down into many parts is so that you can find what you need, then click on it and it will take you right there. The Haynes don't have as good diagrams and many occasions it's replaced with an actual photo of the vehicle that may or may not be similar to yours. The schematics are so so at best. The Haynes I have for the Miata is in between. Buy one the Haynes is better than Chiltons. But I also have a Chilton or haynes for a couple of them. Either is better than factory manuals for simple things.