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  • #16
    There was a Chilton's manual in my Teg, when I brought it home. I looked through it, and quickly realized...... unless you plan on replacing/repairing the engine, those manuals are completely useless.

    I've worked in or been running around a GM dealer, my whole life. My dad was a GM parts manager, before I could even see over the counter. The ONLY service manual is the factory service manual. Even my Helm's reprint is a Godsend. I've repaired SO many things with it. I love it almost as much as my little Teg.

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    • #17
      I'm an electrician by trade and soon to be an EE, and I have little interest in a lot of the newer systems outside of engine controls. I have started studying the Can bus in my free time in case I find automotive related work after graduation next year.

      Colin: That sounds like what I have electrically as well. I will check sometime soon and compare what I have.

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      • #18
        I have a hard copy of the factory service manual. So helpful! Though I will say that I've found some of the wiring diagrams to be inaccurate. The designated wire colors were not correct in a few instances I came across last year.

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        • #19
          Yeah, I've seen that too. IIRC the times I saw it happen was when there was one wire color at one end and then it changed colors at the other end.
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          • #20
            There are a few parts of the wiring that change insulation color code, but overall there are excellent schematics and flow charts. There are some things that I also found quite odd like how the non-A/C USDM cooling fan grounds power through the coolant switch and does no use a control relay. I also noticed a few ground designs were sub-optimal when going through the chassis and engine harness on this 91 db1.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by darin d View Post
              There are a few parts of the wiring that change insulation color code, but overall there are excellent schematics and flow charts. There are some things that I also found quite odd like how the non-A/C USDM cooling fan grounds power through the coolant switch and does no use a control relay. I also noticed a few ground designs were sub-optimal when going through the chassis and engine harness on this 91 db1.
              Yeah, that radiator component wiring was very interesting to me as well. When I removed my AC I did my best to mimic the factory non-AC wiring per the Helms manual. This manual always comes in handy
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              • #22
                Sooo.. which is better the factory service manual or the Helms??

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by 92greenmachine View Post
                  Sooo.. which is better the factory service manual or the Helms??
                  They are the same. Helms makes the factory service manual we're talking about.
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