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Old 10-06-2012, 06:19 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Must-Have Tools?

I've caught the bug and while I'm awaiting delivery of my 07 Max I'm making a list of must-have tools for working on my vehicle.

I don't want to go crazy and realize I'm new to this--I'm very familiar with basic tasks like changing the oil, battery, and more recently have performed what I consider to be larger work and that's what really has caught my fascination and a strong desire to learn more: things like replacing the alternator and cleaning out the EGR valve on my Acura TL (RIP!).

First up what I have: quality tool set with lots of different socket wrenches, extension bars etc. Occasionally some free time. The desire. Funds--I'm not a rich guy but I'm not broke either. If it's a wise investment I'll carefully consider it and move forward.

What's obvious to me: I know I need some quality jack stands and a jack. I have no idea about manufacturer or quality etc.

What else do you consider mandatory? Air compressor and wrenches etc?

Just trying to wrap my head around the basics so I can have things lined up for when the Max gets here and I start considering my upgrade options.

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Old 10-06-2012, 06:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Must-have tools?

Sears has a craftsman tool set that's great for only $80 you should check that out.. Sockets wrenches all of that don't know if it has screw drivers.. As for an Air compressor unless your planning to do all the mechanical needs of your car my advise don't.. Reason being.. Anything that you can do yourself does not require air guns air wrachet ect unless you want to do it all.. Also need a 21mm socket ,or 3/4 I forget, for the wheels as the one provided sucks nads!! And messes up the wheel(scratch taking coating off ect) but if your looking for easier things look into electric guns those come in very handy!!!! As mentioned 10-18mm sockets and wrenches and a socket wrench(1/4,3/8 & 1/2 should do) if I forget anything I'm sure more member will chime in.. Anything craftsman will be really really great!! Even jacks and jack stands.. I use Snap-on,Matco tools, and Mac tools.. But my 4th choice craftsman..
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Must-Have Tools?

Decent set of metric sockets, 6-point preferable to 12-point if you have to choose, from 8mm up to 19 or 21mm, the requisite ratchets and extensions (6- & 3-inch at least).

Metric combination wrenches in same sizes as sockets, get these in 12-point of you have 6-point sockets. The ones with ratcheting box ends can make life much easier.

A couple #2 Phillips screwdrivers (long, short, "normal"), same for flat screwdrivers.

Also get a mallet / hammer and a breaker bar (or save money by getting some lengths of strong metal tube that can fit over your ratchets & wrenches.

Those are a good starting point, IMO

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Old 10-06-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: Must-Have Tools?

Oh yeah, craftsman is pretty good. At the very least look for a brand with a lifetime warranty and is sold in a local store.

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Torque wrench, Craftsman $80 to $100
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Default Re: Must-have tools?

id stay away from the craftman low pro jacks, theyre pos. ive had two go bad and they only have one yr warranty. but the sockets set are legit. you really cant beat the price and when you breakem just bring them to sears for a replacement
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Love my wobble extensions, universal joint adapters, and beer fridge.
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Damn. I need me a beer fridge.
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Check and check. Craftsman and beer fridge.

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Default Re: Must-Have Tools?

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Torque wrench, Craftsman $80 to $100
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Second to the torque wrench. A must have, and if your like me, a hammer too.
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