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Whats the difference from Helms and the one you get from Honda dealership? Or are they both the same?
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by HK_dude:
Whats the difference from Helms and the one you get from Honda dealership? Or are they both the same?</font>
Helm distributes the official Honda Odyssey Service Manual used in Honda service shops. This manual is several thousand pages long and about 3" thick. It shows in detail, with drawings and step-by- step actions, how to perform most service functions and how everything is connected, the names of parts, where the screws are, electrical specs, etc..

The owners manual that comes with the vehicle describes the things an owner (not a service person) would need to know. It is much smaller and goes into none of the detail found in the Service Manual.

Is this what you mean?

I don't know if the Service Manual can be purchased from dealers. I just assumed it couldn't, so I bought one from Helm.

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Maugham
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Maugham:
Is this what you mean?

I don't know if the Service Manual can be purchased from dealers. I just assumed it couldn't, so I bought one from Helm.

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Maugham
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Yes, thanks Maugham. In 1992 when I got my civic, I also bought the service manual from the dealer's parts department. But that was then. Don't know if they do that now.
 

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You can only get the OFFICAIL Honda service manual (aka HELMS) from HELM. I just recieved mine about a month ago, great read


It's well worth the 60 dollars...I have one for my 91 civic, and it's a life saver! It's actually quite readable for the beginner as well...guess they think the general Auto tech isnt' that bright???




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1991 Civic Si, Intercooled turbo DOHC ZC visit @: <A HREF="http://turbocivic.8m.com
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2000</A> Odyssey LX, working on lots of mods visit @: <A HREF="http://trickedodyssey.8m.com
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1991</A> Civic Hatch (basemodel) winter car, bolt on mods. visit @: http:/trickedodyssey.8m.com/91civicbase.html

Any questions related to honda and your ODY? just email me! [email protected]
 

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I bought the Honda service manual for my 87 Prelude and 92 Civic. They saved my ass a few times. But weren't always practical, the 87 Prelude manual wanted me to remove the carburator to replace the alternator. I couldn't even see the alternator from the top!! I brought it to a garage (my wife has known the owner and son for over 20 years) and they removed the axle and finished the job in 1/2 an hour.

I'm planning on buying the Helm manual for my 02 Ody soon.

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2002 EP LX (dealer had on order, 2 month additional wait for other colors, due in after Christmas)
1998 Civic DX, Blue
1992 Civic LX, Red (Bye-Bye)

Previous Hondas
1987 Prelude, Gray (totaled in 2000 w/188k miles)
1978 Accord, Red

Other cars
1982 Ford EXP (We all make mistakes!)
1969 Olds Delta 88 (with 10 speed bike in back seat in case it broke down)

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Myself, Wife, 3 kids (4,2 & newborn). Ever see 3 kids in the back of a 98 Civic?? GOTTA GET THAT ODY SOON!!!!
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by TrickedOdyssey:
It's well worth the 60 dollars...I have one for my 91 civic, and it's a life saver! It's actually quite readable for the beginner as well...guess they think the general Auto tech isnt' that bright???


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Finding qualitied mechanics isn't easy, to say the least. I worked in auto dealers for about 8.5 years and I saw some darn good ones. I also saw a lot more that weren't so good. I worked as a mechanic for about three of those years and while I was reasonably competent, I never developed the speed required to make a decent living at it.

Ultimately, I left the industry. I had gotten to the point were I wasn't handling upset customers very well any more. It was one of the best decisions I've made in my life, not only for me but for the customers too!




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FWIW, if you order a Service Manual from the <a href="http://www.ahm-ownerlink.com/">Honda owners' website</a>, you get redirected to Honda-looking website hosted by Helm. So, that sort of confirms that the manuals are one in the same.

Regards,

Maugham
 
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