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Special tools required??

Post by Trojantrow » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:25 pm

Hi all.

So it's been long enough waiting around...finally compiling some tools to be able to work on my car. (Servicing. Suspension etc)I have nothing. Car is LOC 120d e87 msport.

So I'm trying to figure out what I need. I've got.the following sorted.

Trolley jack
Axel stands x 2
Big socket set (includes 1/4. 3/8 and 1/2)
Combination and ring spanners (deep offset)
Releasing fluid. (Not wd40 lol)
Various hammers. Grips etc


Are there any other specialist buts I would need. I'm thinking the following.

Ball joint remover
Coil spring compressors (which ones?)
Any special HEX bits

Anything else.spring to mind to make the jobs easier? Something maybe that I may start work and think "damn I wish i had that"

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Post by Nottsknots » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:17 pm

A set of torx bits for your sockets will be useful, and if you're doing things like suspension etc, you should really invest in a torque wrench, so you can tighten things properly. I also get plenty of use of a multimeter on mine. If you plan on oil changes, you'll want a can to collect it and probably a filter wrench. Brake caliper retractor? Possibly a brake bleeding kit if you dont have a willing assistant.
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Re: Special tools required??

Post by Trojantrow » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:00 pm

Brilliant suggestions thanks for that.

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Post by AP1 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:16 pm

No need for a brake caliper retractor. A screwdriver does the trick or a set of water pump pliers. A good torx screwdriver set is wise. An oil filter cap tool. A torque wrench for the sump plug (25Nm). 6 and 7mm 3/8” Allen key sockets, hammer.

Halfords Professional kits are good starter kits. Brake cleaner spray bottle.

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Post by Trojantrow » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:02 pm

Thanks for that. Some people say a ball joint remover isn't required for our cars.this true??

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Post by marco_polo » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:10 pm

I'd want a rail of E sockets (female torx), and a cam type hub spreader socket before attempting to remove the front dampers.
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Post by Octavius » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:55 pm

Jack pads for the jacking points.
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Post by FirBim » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:25 am

Inspection lamp, and/or LED headlamp
hacksaws (junior & 12")
hand files
emery paper
screwdrivers
12v tester
disposable gloves (Bodyguard)
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Re: Special tools required??

Post by Toed64 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:41 am

If you have not yet got one in your socket set, a long 1/2 inch drive breaker bar can save a lot of hassle and can often save damage to nuts and bolts through application of brute force and intelligence!

Something like this:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEILSEN-POWE ... Sw-29ZP-kP

Before I had an air impact gun, an impact driver saved my bacon and knuckles, many, many times. I still have my late father's one in one of my tool boxes:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Draper-Impac ... SwARZXnxO4

Even loosening recalcitrant screws with one of these tends to save the screw heads from damage, so although an air or battery powered impact gun is helpful with nuts and bolts, my impact driver still gets used on seized screw heads.
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Post by slindborg » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:11 am

A bit set like this
https://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-mixed- ... eces/6810t
And
https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-screwd ... -set/9645j
The tiny ratchet is sooooooooo handy for things like the turbo-cat VBAND clamp etc.

You want a reasonable 1/4" set that has 7,8,10,13,14mm in abundance (i.e. buy a few more of those sockets at they always bugger off)
As for the bigger stuff, a regular 1/2" set will do, maybe get a few 6 sided deep sockets (13-19mm)

I found that getting my heavy duty spring compressors into the front wheel arch was a total ballache, so either get the fancy air powered ones or tough it out like I did. I wouldnt trust any small compressors for these springs.

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Post by Trojantrow » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:39 pm

This is all amazing stuff guys thanks a lot.

Gonna cost more for tools than getting things done at garage.lol.

It's an investment though so all good. I have budgeted 300 quid for the tools. And I'm going to break that budget soon I reckon.

But I can't see me ever getting anyone else to do anything to any car I ever own...so it's not that bad.

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Re: Special tools required??

Post by slindborg » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:19 pm

I kinda stocked up on basic socket set stuff 15 years ago and spent about £200 but that was everything to strip and rebuild a Hummer for the US Army :lol:
Over the years I've collected special tools/bits for jobs so its not been as expensive in one hit.
Have to say though, unless you are changing the springs now, I'd not bother with the compressors etc.

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