The Haynes Owner's Workshop Manuals (commonly known as Haynes Manuals) are a series of practical manuals from the British publisher Haynes Publishing Group. The series primarily focuses upon the maintenance and repair of automotive vehicles, covering a wide range of makes and models (300 models of car and 130 models of motorcycle); the manuals are aimed mainly at DIY enthusiasts rather than professional garage mechanics, as they lack the depth of coverage on particular vehicles or problems. The series includes a range of 'practical lifestyle' manuals in the same style for a range of topics, including domestic appliances and personal computers, digital photography, model railways, sport, animal care, men,[1] babies,[2] sex,[3] and women.[4] They also now publish the Bluffer's Guides collection.[5]

Additionally, Haynes have released manuals based on popular fictional series including Star Trek[6] and Thomas and Friends.[7]


The Haynes manuals are named after John Harold Haynes (1938–2019) OBE. In 1956, when he was at school, he wrote and published a book on building a 'special' based on the Austin 7, and wrote two further books while performing national service in the Royal Air Force.[8] J. H. Haynes & Co. Limited was founded on 18 May 1960 and the first manual actually entitled "Haynes Owners Workshop Manual", for the Austin-Healey Sprite, was published in 1965.[8][9] Haynes was made an Officer of Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 1995 for services to publishing.[10] He died on 8 February 2019, aged 80.[11]

Many Haynes Manuals bear a cover illustration of a cutaway view technical drawing of the vehicle, hand-drawn by Terry Davey, and they bear his signature.[citation needed] Haynes also publishes a range of Chilton manuals under license from Cengage.[citation needed]

In 2013, Haynes acquired Clymer repair manuals from Penton Media.[12] In 2020, Haynes was acquired by Infopro Digital, a technical data company owned by TowerBrook Capital Partners, for £114.5 million.[13][14]

Stripdown and rebuild

The automotive vehicle manuals are based upon taking apart and putting together a vehicle. The cover of each manual states: "based on a complete strip-down and rebuild".[15] Each section has step-by-step instructions with diagrams and photographs of an actual strip-down or rebuild.[citation needed]

For professionals

Manuals for garage professionals include books such as the Automotive Diesel Engine Service Guide, the Automotive Air Conditioning TechBook, Citroën and Peugeot Engine Management Systems, and two Engine Management and Fuel Injection Systems Pin Tables and Wiring Diagrams TechBook volumes.[citation needed]


Haynes manuals are published in 15 languages: English (including British, American and Australian variants), French, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Czech, Finnish, Polish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Greek, Danish, Spanish (including American Spanish versions), and Russian.[citation needed]


The company is based in Sparkford, a village near Yeovil in Somerset, England. The Haynes International Motor Museum, is also in Sparkford and it is home to a large collection of both classic and modern cars, and many rarities.[16]


Haynes manuals are written by a pair of authors, a process which takes between 20 and 30 weeks.[17] The car or motorcycle is bought at the beginning of the project and sold at the end.[18]

Although the workshop phase of the project usually lasts for roughly four weeks,[17] the vehicle is usually retained for a couple of months to ensure it is functioning correctly.[18]


Haynes generally has the co-operation of the manufacturers to provide technical information such as mechanical tolerances and wiring diagrams. Haynes claims this provides customers with information that lets them fix their vehicle, to their ability, or at least diagnose the fault before taking it to a garage.[19]

Over the lifetime of a vehicle, the aftermarket is worth perhaps as much as the new cost price of the vehicle, so the manufacturer still gets a significant revenue from the spare parts, so the longer a vehicle lasts, the more spare parts and servicing can be sold to the owner.[citation needed]

Fictional vehicles

Haynes also publishes manuals for fictional vehicles, such as the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from Star Trek and the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters.

See also


  1. ^ "The Enlarged Prostate". Men's Health Forum in association with Haynes.
  2. ^ "Car-style baby manual for macho dads". BBC News. 12 June 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2005.
  3. ^ "Car manual firm's guide to sex". BBC News. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2005.
  4. ^ "Women given car manual treatment". BBC News. 26 September 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2005.
  5. ^ "Practical Lifestyle Manuals". Haynes Publishing. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Cover & Details For Haynes USS Enterprise Manual + Details On 'Typhon Pact' Book Series".
  7. ^ "Thomas The Tank Engine - Owners' Workshop Manual".
  8. ^ a b Llewellin, Phil (20 November 1993). "Every car mechanic's favourite publisher: John Haynes has made a fortune from workshop manuals, and he has spent it on old cars". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 May 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Haynes Publishing Group Public Limited Company". Companies House. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 54066". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 1995. p. 11.
  11. ^ Phil Hill, "John Haynes, of Haynes car manuals, dies aged 80", Somerset County Gazette, 11 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019
  12. ^ Rondon, Michael (19 September 2013), UBM Sells Second Property This Week, Folio Magazine
  13. ^ Whitaker, Greg (13 February 2020). "HAYNES PUBLISHING ACQUIRED BY INFOPRO DIGITAL". CAT Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  14. ^ "TowerBrook acquires Infopro, the leading B2B professional information services provider in France". TowerBrook. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  15. ^ "FAQs". Haynes Manuals. 10 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Car List". Haynes Motor Museum. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  17. ^ a b "How long does it take to produce a Haynes manual?". Haynes Online. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  18. ^ a b "What happens to vehicles after they have been stripped down and rebuilt?". Haynes Online. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  19. ^ "Servicing ties removed from new car warranties". London: Office of Fair Trading. 14 May 2004. Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2009.

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