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25 Oct 2010 18:58 #1789 by 87 Shark
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I defer to the experienced here. Beyond ratchets, wrenches and screw drivers, what tools are a must have to work on the 928. I would like to start a list for us newbie mechanics. What do we need , what is it for and were do I get one. I'm interested in guauges, scanners, gear pullers, what works and what does'nt. Should I rent or buy and if you can what jobs can I do with them. I'm hoping this can helpus direct our dollars to where it will do the most good(and create a great christmass wish list)

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25 Oct 2010 21:59 #1793 by 928mac
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ILL make a list

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25 Oct 2010 23:18 #1795 by pcar928fan
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87 Shark is SERIOUS about his 928 work! NICE! I tell you the tool panel in the back of the car is pretty good for most things you would need to do, but obviously isn't going to take care of the big stuff like you want to do!

My hat is off to you! While these cars are pretty complex there really isn't anything that is over the head of even a modestly competent wrench turner! You can save a lot of money turning them yourself too!

I think the problem has always been how crappy the Work Shop Manuals (WSM's) are for the novice. They assume a HUGE amount of knowledge about not just working on cars but working 928's before you even start...so most of us look at a WSM write up and then go back inside and just have another beer. To get to the vacuum stuff behind the dash step one would be: REMOVE DASH! OMG...REALLY! How many of us could look at that step one and just go, "ok, lets do it." Not many. Thankfully there have been many REALLY GOOD write ups on stuff like that here in the 928 community!

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01 Nov 2010 21:56 #1862 by 928mac
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Opps Sorry, I was going to make a list.
OK this will be quick and anything I miss, you guys just add it in.

I will try to stay away from the professional grade of tool for you and we will see what Craftsman has to offer.

Craftsman 16 in. Pliers, Arc Joint
item #00945384000


Craftsman 10 in. Pliers, Slip Joint
item #00945380000

Craftsman 6 in. Pliers, Diagonal
item #00945075000

Craftsman 8 in. Pliers, Needle Nose
item #00945085000

or get sets its cheaper

Craftsman 5 pc. Pliers Set
item #00945419000
Mfr. model #45419

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Craftsman 75-piece Combination Tap & Die Carbon Steel Set
item #00952377000
Mfr. model #52377
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Craftsman 7 pc. Standard Flex Socket Set, 6 pt., 3/8 in. Drive
item #00934445000
Mfr. model #34445
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....................and
Craftsman 7 pc. Metric Flex Socket Set, 6 pt., 3/8 in. Drive
item #00934446000
Mfr. model #34446
NaN 5 ratings
These will make your life very easy

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Craftsman 6 pc. Metric 3/8 in. dr. Hex Bit Socket Set
item #00934448000
Mfr. model #34448
NaN 8 ratings

Craftsman 7 pc. Torx Bit Socket Set, 1/4 and 3/8 in. Drive
item #00934449000
Mfr. model #34449
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01 Nov 2010 22:24 #1863 by 928mac
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Craftsman 26-3/4 in. Pick Up Tool (magnet)
item #00904132000
Mfr. model #4132
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Craftsman 2-1/4 in. Telescoping Mirror
item #00941603000
Mfr. model #41603
NaN 2 ratings

Craftsman 1/2 to 3/8 in. Socket Adapter
item #00904259000
Mfr. model #04259
NaN 4 ratings


Craftsman Professional 5 pc. Metric Full Polish 12 pt. Deep Offset Box End Wrench Set
item #00944350000
Mfr. model #44350
NaN 4 rating

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Craftsman 2 pc. Qtr-Turn® Convertible Retaining Ring Pliers Set
item #00947385000
Mfr. model #47385


OK OK this is getting old fast, if you get that there is a lot to list, so lets just say go buy this

Craftsman 432 pc. Professional Mechanics Tool Set $719.99
item #00936432000
Mfr. model #36432
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OH you will need a box to put all that in
www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00...binet+Combos&prdNo=5

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You will still need a nice meter and also a good 12 volt test light

Craftsman Digital Multimeter with Auto Ranging, 11-Function
item #03482334000
Mfr. model #82334
User Rating: 5 ratings

This would be a good start for anyone wanting to maintain there car
Torque wrenches and other stuff as you need it


I am on my 4th box due to growing out of them.
This one is a $4500 Mac Tech 1000 tool box and somewhere around $30,000 of hand tools (mostly Snap-on and Mac)

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03 Nov 2010 12:08 #1875 by Mike Frye
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OK, that's a pretty general but comprehensive list.

I'm going to go with some more specific stuff.

Gotta have a flywheel lock tool and Kempf tensioner tool.

You've got a multi-meter on there, I prefer a FLUKE meter. Your preference, needs autoranging voltage and resistance (ohms), nice to have is a top of the line unit that can be used as a tach.

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Liftbars from Ken are an absolute must-have.
While you're there, I'd order a 'blink'r' and a 32v'r cam timing tool.

I'd also go with some service covers, low range jack (for use with your liftbars) and good jackstands with a round top that lines up under the lifbars.

If you don't have a full mechanics set of tools, you need to have 1/2 inch drive 27mm deep well socket (for steering wheel nut and also crankshaft turning). 17mm allen socket for draining the trans (some are 10mm), better make it a full set of allen sockets.

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03 Nov 2010 13:58 #1876 by 928mac
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awesome Mike as those are some great 928 specific tools.
I also just bought the Timimg belt tentioner tool.

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07 Nov 2010 20:48 #1919 by mcholdfast
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The tool I seem to use more than any other is the telescoping magnetic pick up tool. Rest assured you will drop things in places you can't see much less reach with your hands. I also use it to prevent things from falling where they shouldn't.

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13 Feb 2011 15:33 #3469 by the flying scotsman
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928 specific:

engine lock tool
cam timing tool
cam timing belt tension tool (if you dont have a Porkentioner.....why not?.)
vacuum (mityvac) tool w/guage
bigger metric sockets, allan keys and wrenches 27mm -36mm
large torque wrench (or access to rent/borrow)
oil pump to refill auto gbox and diff
large kids swimming pool for draining engine and rad of coolant (no joke)
large oil drain bucket - 12 litre capacity

small hands and lots of patience do help also :)

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13 Feb 2011 15:38 #3470 by the flying scotsman
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awesome Mike as those are some great 928 specific tools.
I also just bought the Timimg belt tentioner tool.


Could have had mine Brad.....no need nomore with the Porkentioner :D

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13 Feb 2011 17:55 #3474 by WyattsRide
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Could have had mine Brad.....no need nomore with the Porkentioner :D


I have the Porkentioner too.

A rotary tool like a Dremel is a great tool to have. I've use mine a ton so far.

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29 Mar 2012 14:56 #8651 by curtisr
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Well, I would suggest this stuff:

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19 Apr 2012 15:25 #8962 by mm928
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5.99 hand pump from Harbor Freight to get the trans oil into the TRANS! (and possibly other uses) It has a real pump plunger, not the small hand pump bulb, that one is too lightweight. You need to have some kind of clip (unless you are real careful) to hold the tube in the fill tube. Although I have done it without,,,,it is tricky that way. Great thing to have while you diagnose Trans leaks.

Ditto to everything those have mentioned above, but I will also say a few odd tools like really small pointy screwdrivers and angled picks can really come in handy when you don't have a special (read expensive) tool. I have some old tools from my father that have come in handy.

A few different sizes of flashlights and a flex light and OH yeah one of those flexible mini cameras.....I am going to get one for engine work and sunroof investigations..... FUN

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07 May 2012 15:35 #9101 by turbohugh
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-TieRod end Wrenches (or large pipe Wrench)
-4/5/6/8 and 10 MM allen wrenches (I like the long reach ones with ball end they have at harbor freight fits 3/8 ratchet)
-Transmission Jack [Harbor Freight]
-Low Profile Jack
-Multi-meter
-Flywheel locking tool
-Snap ring pliers.
-Foot pound and inch pound torque wrenches.
-Compressor with air ratchets
-Tiedown straps capable of holding 500 pounds (if you ever remove the transmission..)

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