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Old 01-26-2008, 06:48 PM
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Tools Needed?

I used to work on cars when I was young but haven't for about 15 years.
I'm about to start gathering tools for working on my MB.
What tools would you all recommend. STarting again from scratch.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:53 PM
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buy yourself a basic 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" tool set with open end wrenches from Craftsman or Husky (home depot). Then you can fill in as you need a tool. I like the racheting box wrenches but they're a bit pricey and usually never have the size you want in the set.
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That Husky reference....
I was in Home Depot for something else and saw their combo sae and metric in a plastic carrying case.... it was $50 total....it was Husky tools and lifetime warranty... about the best tool deal I ever got lucky enough to take advantage of... usually I just hear about those deals the day after the sale goes off...
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:57 PM
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Metric hex tip keys and sockets. Ball end makes it easy to work in tight quarters.

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Old 01-26-2008, 07:02 PM
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If you can afford them, those combo wrenches with a ratcheting mechanism in the box end are cool. Some have a feature that limits how far down the nut or bolt you can slide the wrench. I'm undecided as to whether that's more pro or con. The con is you can't use the negative bend in areas where there isn't room above the nut or bolt. If I didn't have the set I have, I'd probably look for the kind that doesn't limit wrench position.

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Old 01-26-2008, 07:07 PM
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A mity vac or some other vacuum pump with a gauge. You'll be chasing vac leaks mostlikely if you have an older diesel MB.
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Old 01-26-2008, 07:31 PM
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Torque wrench!

I have a 150 lbft 1/2" drive click type that's good for 90% of what I do. The single digit stuff (e.g., tranny pan, vacuum pump) I do by feel. You can borrow a beefier torque wrench if you need more than 150 lbft.

I bought a second sub-$20 Harbor Freight torque wrench just for the wheels.

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Old 01-26-2008, 07:56 PM
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Buying tools one at a time is not the way to go, unless you want to go to the poorhouse. I suspect that the best deals that you are going to find are on the larger Craftsman mechanics tool sets. Sears always seems to have a few sets on sale. And joining the (free) Craftsman Club will get you access to additional sales.

Of course, no set is going to have everything you need, but buying the biggest set that you reasonably need is the most economical option in the long run.

Husky seems to be about the same level of quality as Craftsman, but they offer nowhere near the selection that Craftsman does.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:29 PM
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Get a 1/2" drive 27 mm or 1 1/16 deep socket wrench. Its used to turn the crankshaft and remove the injectors.

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Old 01-26-2008, 08:38 PM
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1/2" drive breaker bar with a reducer to 3/8" drive(I bought that setup)

extensions and a universal joint or two


extra 10mm sockets.. they always seem to disappear
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:59 PM
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extra 13mm sockets - they don't just seem to disappear, they really do disappear!
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:49 PM
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Get a 1/2" drive 27 mm or 1 1/16 deep socket wrench. Its used to turn the crankshaft and remove the injectors.

P E H
Plus, you can use the 1-1/16 deep socket backwards on an extension to remove the fuel tank strainer.

You'll also need to make or buy valve adjustment wrenches.
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On the older M.B. most common sizes are 10,12,13,17,19mm along with a few stray 22 and 27mm. I have found using a well made American tool saves a lot of frustration as you'll have less rounded fasteners. Most common sockets are 12pt but with older nuts and bolts 6pts work much better. Don't forget PB blaster and WD-40. The best Tool is this Forum!!
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:17 PM
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extra 13mm sockets - they don't just seem to disappear, they really do disappear!
thanks for sharing this, larry... I'm probably on my 4th 3/8" drive 13mm socket..
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:41 PM
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Get a 1/2" drive 27 mm or 1 1/16 deep socket wrench. Its used to turn the crankshaft and remove the injectors.

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When you buy this socket look inside and make sure there is enough clearance for all of the upper part of the injector when the retchet wrench is hooked up to it. Sears/Craftsman has an extra deep socket like this that is resonabley priced. I have been using mine (1-1/16. 12 point) since 1976 and it has survived a lot of injector removals/torqueing and even ocassional impact wrenching (not recommended).

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