Chiltons books used to help me rebuild engines, transmissions, axles and more. They were very detailed and helpful. When I opened this one to try to troubleshoot the transmission, it says the only thing I am smart enough to do is check the fluid level. Beyond that, I need to go to a mechanic. Somewhere along the line, Chiltons has become completely worthless. I'm not wasting my time or money on them anymore.
I have "shade tree'd" my way through over 40 years of Haynes, Chilton and Motor repair manuals. Chilton has gone from being a moderately good reference source for technical data in the early 60's to a few hundred sheets of disposable shop rags. The offering in question has an almost complete lack of diagnostic information, and is nothing more than a list of vague instructions on how to take your truck apart. The worst aspect of this over-priced bird cage liner is the illustrations. In an age of life-like digital imaging and computer-aided drafting; my $16 got me a pile of pictures that could well have been reproduced on a 50's vintage stencil duplicator.
Some of the illustrations are poor or hard to read and the appendix does not list items the way I like, making it harder than necessary to get to the information I am looking for. Overall the information has been there, just hard to dig out sometimes. I bought it for a 90 F250 4x4 that is a work/plow truck and it has been helpful. I wish it had a better troubleshooing section, but for the money it's not a bad deal. If you can, visually check it out before you buy to see if it covers what you need. I had a chance to look at the big "Chilton general truck manual" and it had some information that this one didn't but it also had its shortcomings. I don't know what a Ford Workshop manual costs but if its reasonable and had all the information with better illustrations that would be the best bet for the really in depth information. Again it just depends on how far and deep you want to go in doing your own repairs. Its worth the money just has some shortcomings. If you are going to keep the truck for a long time and really like it then I would probably go for the "real" Ford shop manuals. Find a friendly dealer and check the Ford manuals if can and compare. I probably will not keep this truck long term (for me that means until it dies) so thats why I didn't pursue the Ford Manuals. Sorry to ramble
This is a good, inexpensive general reference for those who need to familiarize themselves with the vehicles in this series and who need general information. There are some generalizations, areas which lack detail and errors due to the wide variation in models during the years covered. Expect this manual to provide general information on major systems and general procedures; don't expect detailed diagrams and specific locations of small parts. The scope of the book over many years and models prevents a high degree of specificity.