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Factory Service Manuals

If you plan to do much of your own work on your Jeep, you should really consider getting a factory service manual. These things are a million times better than a Haynes or Chiltons manual, since they’re designed to be used by factory service centers.

I ordered mine for a current-year Jeep (1995 at the time) directly from Chrysler for US$59 + tax, $68.74 total. Call their publications center at 800-890-4038 (in 2003, I found that the price varies by vehicle year, and could be as high as $90). It arrived in 7-10 days. The older your Jeep, the less likely they are to still have your manual in stock. The inside cover of my ’95 manual says you can call 216-572-7240 or fax 216-572-0815 to get a free catalog of manuals or to place an order.

There are several sources for older service manuals. The following list contains sources that Jeep list members have either used or called for info on older manuals:

 

While not a complete manual, the wiring diagrams for a 1995 YJ are available online at Scribd.com.Near as I can figure if you are paying more than $70-$75, you are paying too much for your manual (later model manuals, post-1971, are sometimes higher while pre-71 are usually under $40). If you have a rare beast and all the sources turn up only one manual and they want $200 for it — get it! $70-$75 is just a good starting point.

Thanks to Patrick Clow for compiling and posting most of this list to the JeepTech mailing list.

And because I have no better place to put it, here’s a list of sources I found for factory service manuals for my 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Most of them also stock manuals for many other brands of vehicles. Thanks to the folks on the ChevyTalk forum for most of these tips.

 

The links in the advertisements surrounding this page are also likely to be good sources for service manuals. Please explore their offerings.

[Last updated 18 April 2011]

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