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Haynes Publishing Group
Traded asLSEHYNS
FounderJohn Haynes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationSparkford, Somerset
DistributionGrantham Book Service (UK)
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsAutomotive
Official websitehaynes.com

Haynes Owner's Workshop Manuals (commonly known as Haynes Manuals) is a series of manuals from the British publisher Haynes Publishing Group. The series focuses primarily on the maintenance and repair of automotive vehicles and covers a range of makes and models, with manuals for over 600 models of cars and 225 models of motorcycles.[1]

The manuals are aimed at DIY enthusiasts rather than professional mechanics. The series includes a range of practical lifestyle manuals in the same style for a range of topics, including domestic appliances, personal computers, digital cameras, model railways, sport, animal care, men,[2] babies,[3] sexual intercourse,[4] and women.[5] They also published the Bluffer's Guides collection.[6]

Additionally, Haynes have released manuals based on popular fictional series, including Star Trek[7] and Thomas and Friends.[8]


The Haynes manuals are named after John Harold Haynes (1938–2019) OBE. In 1956, while Haynes was attending school, he published a book on building a 'special' which was based on the Austin 7. Haynes also published two other books while serving in the Royal Air Force.[9] He was an Officer of Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honors List 1995 for services to publishing.[10] Haynes died on the 8th of February 2019, aged 80.[11]

J. H. Haynes & Co. Limited was founded on 18 May 1960, and its first manual was entitled "Haynes Owners Workshop Manual". Following, Austin-Healey Sprite was published in 1965.[9][12]

Many Haynes Manuals bear a cover illustration of a cutaway view technical drawing of the vehicle, hand-drawn by Terry Davey, which 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.[13] In 2020, Haynes was acquired by Infopro Digital, a technical data company owned by TowerBrook Capital Partners, for £114.5 million.[14][15]

End of new repair manual production[edit]

It was announced in December 2020 that Haynes would not produce any new repair manuals in the traditional style. All new repair content would be online only. Pre-existing titles remain available.[16]

Strip-down and rebuild[edit]

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".[17] Each section has step-by-step instructions with diagrams and photographs of an actual strip-down or rebuild.[citation needed]

For professionals[edit]

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

Distribution languages[edit]

Haynes manuals are published in 15 languages: English (including British, American and Australian dialects), French, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Czech, Finnish, Polish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Greek, Danish, Spanish (including American Spanish dialects), 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, which are of a large variety of rarities.[18]


Haynes manuals are written by a pair of authors, a process which takes between 20 and 30 weeks.[19] The car or motorcycle of interest is bought at the beginning of the project and sold at the end.[20]

Although the workshop phase of the project usually lasts only four weeks,[19] the vehicle is retained and tested for several months to ensure it is functioning correctly.[20]


Haynes generally receives the cooperation of vehicle manufacturers in providing technical information, including mechanical tolerances and wiring diagrams. According to Haynes, this information empowers customers to fix their vehicles to the best of their ability, or at least diagnose the issue before taking it to a mechanic.[21]

Fictional vehicles[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "About Haynes". Haynes Manuals. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2023.
  2. ^ "The Enlarged Prostate". Men's Health Forum in association with Haynes.
  3. ^ "Car-style baby manual for macho dads". BBC News. 12 June 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2005.
  4. ^ "Car manual firm's guide to sex". BBC News. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2005.
  5. ^ "Women given car manual treatment". BBC News. 26 September 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2005.
  6. ^ "Practical Lifestyle Manuals". Haynes Publishing. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Cover & Details For Haynes USS Enterprise Manual + Details On 'Typhon Pact' Book Series".
  8. ^ "Thomas The Tank Engine - Owners' Workshop Manual". haynes.com.
  9. ^ 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.
  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. ^ "Haynes Publishing Group Public Limited Company". Companies House. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  13. ^ Rondon, Michael (19 September 2013), UBM Sells Second Property This Week, Folio Magazine
  14. ^ Whitaker, Greg (13 February 2020). "HAYNES PUBLISHING ACQUIRED BY INFOPRO DIGITAL". CAT Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  15. ^ "TowerBrook acquires Infopro, the leading B2B professional information services provider in France". TowerBrook. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  16. ^ Auto Express. "Haynes stops publishing new Workshop Manuals in print". Auto Express. Dennis Publishing.
  17. ^ "FAQs". Haynes Manuals. 10 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Car List". Haynes Motor Museum. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  19. ^ a b "How long does it take to produce a Haynes manual?". Haynes Online. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  20. ^ a b "What happens to vehicles after they have been stripped down and rebuilt?". Haynes Online. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  21. ^ "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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