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Most procedures carried out on the AX require only basic tools which are readily available from any hardware store / motor factors. More challenging procedures will require more specialist tools, below is a list of tools that may be required to work on various components of the car.

General tool kit

This should contain various items such as pliers,wire snips,hammer,screw drivers etc.

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Large socket set

It is essential to have a wide selection of sockets and extensions, ranging from 10mm to 32mm. Some specialist procedures may even require deep sockets

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Spanners

A selection of various sized spanners will come in handy, especially both open ended and ring spanners, sizes required range from 5mm to 22mm

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Oil filter wrench

This will be required to remove the oil filter correctly, there are two types available chain wrenches and ones like the one shown below

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Spark plug spanner

Some sockets sets come with attachments for the spark plugs but sometimes it is necessary to buy one seperately

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Drain plug keys

These are needed to turn the drain plugs on the gearbox and sump they are usually 8mmm squares, a square bar from the middle of a door handle works best!

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Valve spring compressor

This is essential for removing the valves safely when overhauling the cylinder head

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Ball joint seperator

Two varieties of ball joint seperator are avilable and are essential to seperate ball joints without damaging them

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Coil spring compressors

A pair of these is essential when removing the coil spring form the front struts safely and efficiently

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Allen keys

Allen keys or Hex adapters are often needed

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Torque wrench

This is essential to ensure nuts are not overtightened and will prevent snapping nuts off, a range of 10nm to 250nm is required but this may require the purchase of two seperate wrenches as not all will cover such a large range

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Torx bits

The use of torx screws or star headed bolts is common in french automobile manufacture and therefore you should have access to a good quality torx set ranging from T10 to T40

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Slide Hammer

Used when Lowering the rear beam

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Multimeter

Whilst working on the electrical system it may be neccesary to test circuits using a multimeter

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Gloves

Various substances are hazardous, engine oil in particular which can cause cancer, as a result gloves should be worn to protect your skin. Heat resitant gloves are also recommended for dealing with hot engine components

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Overalls

Overalls should be worn to prevent contact between skin and hot or hazardous components

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Hand cleanser

Grease removing hand cleanser will help remove any dirt and oil ingrained in the skin that could cause harm. Ones with sand or grit content tend be better

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tools.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/18 20:27 (external edit)