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Old 02-08-2001, 10:06 PM
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I have a hand full of 3/8 drive snap-on allen wrench sockets from my provious life, but have a hard time justifying the cost to buy any more just to use two times a year. I needed a good quality 14 mm allen wrnech to remove rear end differential plugs, so I was really surprized when the MAC dealer suggested an alternative. He sells individual or sets of allen wrench insets that fit into a 7/16 socket. I have looked in Autozone and NAPA for a 14MM allen wrench or allen socket with no luck. If you have a tight plug, good tools are essential to remove these things. There are a lot of internal wrenching bolts on an MB, so if you don't already have a good set of these types of tools, I recommend them as a very good quality and economical alternative for a DIYer. The 14 mm unit cost around $10. I did not price the whole set, since I have the other common sizes already.

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Old 02-09-2001, 10:10 AM
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I agree completly, you must have good tools to do the job right. Granted, Snap-on, Matco, Mac, Cornwell, etc. are more expensive, they do work better and last longer.
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Old 02-09-2001, 12:41 PM
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I have a set of Husky allen wrench sockets. They are
available at Home Depot.

As for the 14mm I have a HAZET Tool, it has a 14mm allen
and a 13mm drain plug 6pt box end on the other side.
Ordered from the Mercedes Dealer it is p/n 117 589 02 07 00
Also have the allmost identical tool with a 17mm drain plug,
6pt box end and it is p/n 000 589 24 07 00
The 14mm end is for transmissions and differentals. This
end of both wrenches have a slight curve for tranny clearances.

Hopes this helps some of you out there.............
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Old 02-09-2001, 07:28 PM
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Purchasing new tools is

1/2 the fun that I get out of working on cars.
Seeing as how a Sears is the closest to me - I have alot of Craftsman tools.
One thing I have learned about tools is that if you purchase the right ones they will be with you for a long, long time.
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'97 CRV
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Old 02-09-2001, 09:23 PM
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I was at AutoZone the other day and they had a set of three allen sockets. I think they were 12mm,13mm&14mm.(I know it included a 14mm) for around $8.00. They were in the section that had the specialty tools.


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Old 02-09-2001, 10:09 PM
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The MAC tool set you mentioned is excellent. I have had my set for almost ten years. I use it all of the time. Snap-on had not or does still not offer this set. I have never broken even one of these bits and I have used air tools and breaker bars on them. Even fits the crank bolt on the new 112 & 113 engines.
A "Must have" tool set.
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Old 02-10-2001, 10:54 PM
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I agree, even if Autozone has some metric sizes, these MAC bits are QUALITY tools and they are affordable for the DIY'er. It is only a small inconvenience to slip the allen wrench into the 7/16 socket, and you can torque/untorque with confidence!
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