Chilton's or Haynes manual for 2003 Camry?

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Old 15 Apr 2006, 05:20 pm   #1 (permalink)
teabird1977@yahoo.com
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Default Chilton's or Haynes manual for 2003 Camry?

I enjoy performing my own repairs and maintenace and have books for a
1994 Wrangler and Kawasaki motorcycle. I have been unable to find a
book for my 2003 Camry (4 cyl.) though. I initially thought it may be
too early
to publish them, but now my Camry has almost 50K miles, and I'm anxious
to
perfrom some maintenance. I'm in NC and have been to Auto Zone, Napa
and Advance Auto Parts and even the salespeople cannot find these
manuals in their systems. I have also been to Haynes and Chilton's
website with no result.

Does anyone have any idea why these manuals aren't in print? Are you
able to get these in your local store?


Thanks,


James


PS I can't find a manual for my 2003 Grand Caravan either!

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Old 16 Apr 2006, 09:33 am   #2 (permalink)
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You're not going to like my answer.

First, you can get an general overview of maintenance items here:
http://www.turboninjas.com/camry/

Primarily, you're checking, belts, seat bolt torque, fluid levels and
conditions, brake pad thickness, and changing all the fluids when
needed: brake, power steering, coolant, engine oil, transmission fluid.

But if you're serious about keeping up your car - and my opinion is the
reason most people need to trade in or sell their cars is that they let
mechanics work on them. It is so rare to find a mechanic that would
take the time to do the work as carefully and thoroughly as a
conscientious owner. When I do my own work, I'm able to take the labor
savings, and go ahead and replace all the necessary associated parts.
Anyway, if you're serious about keeping up the car long term, you need
to buy the Toyota factory service manual set. Even if it costs a couple
hundred dollars, you're going to recover that cost virtually the first
time you use it - especially if you buy or obtain the competitive
pricing for parts over the Internet. For example, recently I had to
replace brake calipers, and the dealer quoted $525, whereas I was able
to buy the genuine Toyota parts for $59.90 ea. I wonder if the
professional mechanics would have taken apart the torque plate, cleaned
the bores with solvent and replaced with new the slide pins and dust
boots, then applied synthetic grease - yet that makes all the
difference in equalizing brake pad wear and improving braking
efficiency. I suspect not, because when I had mentioned to him the pads
had been wearing unevenly for quite some time (prior owner had brakes
replaced by the dealer) the mechanic said "they all do that."

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Old 16 Apr 2006, 05:15 pm   #3 (permalink)
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They just came out a few months ago. I have seen them many places
online now, haven't seen them in my local store yet.

Go to Amazon or any other major seller....

Also, while the factory manuals are nice, they really aren't designed
for weekend mechanics and I find the one for my ford to be real
overkill for what I do.
t.

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Old 16 Apr 2006, 06:00 pm   #4 (permalink)
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timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
> They just came out a few months ago. I have seen them many places
> online now, haven't seen them in my local store yet.
>
> Go to Amazon or any other major seller....
>
> Also, while the factory manuals are nice, they really aren't designed
> for weekend mechanics and I find the one for my ford to be real
> overkill for what I do.
> t.



Thanks for the info! I'll hold out for now and maybe try to find one
online.

James

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Old 19 Apr 2006, 05:04 am   #5 (permalink)
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<teabird1977@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
> > They just came out a few months ago. I have seen them many places
> > online now, haven't seen them in my local store yet.
> >
> > Go to Amazon or any other major seller....
> >
> > Also, while the factory manuals are nice, they really aren't designed
> > for weekend mechanics and I find the one for my ford to be real
> > overkill for what I do.
> > t.

> Thanks for the info! I'll hold out for now and maybe try to find one
> online.
>

Don't know what the chiltons is like but my haynes for the 91 camry would
suggest any alternative would be almost assured of being better.


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Old 19 Apr 2006, 03:35 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I was a long-running Chilton's Fan, but Haynes works fine for my '97
Nissan.

If you are a fairly well-versed mechanic, whom the factory manuals are
made for, that's what you need.

But if you need a little more direction, you'll find yourself quickly
lost with the factory manual. They assume a fairly solid level of
knowledge already exists.

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Old 19 Apr 2006, 04:35 pm   #7 (permalink)
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<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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> I was a long-running Chilton's Fan, but Haynes works fine for my '97
> Nissan.
>
> If you are a fairly well-versed mechanic, whom the factory manuals are
> made for, that's what you need.
>
> But if you need a little more direction, you'll find yourself quickly
> lost with the factory manual. They assume a fairly solid level of
> knowledge already exists.
>

Factory manuals show stuff you will never do at home and not some of the
things a mug might need to know, but I can't find much in my haynes about
the ICV & how to remove it, nor anything about the valve connected to the
inlet manifold for the aircon., which hisses like a straw at the bottom of a
can of coke.


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Old 19 Apr 2006, 05:05 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Can't help you with your "under-hood" snake. But your local library
should have a Chilton's in the regular stacks and/or in the reserve
stacks. Might be worth a look to see if they are any help.

My Chilton for my '87 Corolla has a couple of glaring errors, but it
gets me close enough that I can figure out the rest myself.

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Old 19 Apr 2006, 08:25 pm   #9 (permalink)
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<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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> Can't help you with your "under-hood" snake. But your local library
> should have a Chilton's in the regular stacks and/or in the reserve
> stacks. Might be worth a look to see if they are any help.
>
> My Chilton for my '87 Corolla has a couple of glaring errors, but it
> gets me close enough that I can figure out the rest myself.
>

Thanks I will try that, was going there but keep forgetting.


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