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Old 11-03-2006, 07:20 PM
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I cheapened out and got a torque wrench at Harbor Freight for $12.99...I only use that one for the wheel lugs however. I have a nice craftsman one I'll use for other things that need to be torqued down.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:47 PM
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The large version of this keychain is awesome:

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  • Break the tape on a cardboard box with ease.
  • Use the tip to remove the child safety on a Bic lighter (put it in the flame hole and push the safety up and out, then bend the two little tabs back down)
  • Paperclip substitute.
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Old 11-05-2006, 02:39 PM
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I tried the handy C-clamp on the rear caliper. It worked so well a few years ago on a Nissan I used to own. They wouldn't budge..tried everything including appropriate language. Finally called the local Harbour Frieght store to see if they had the Caliper tool Set in stock. Yes and it was 50% off.
The best $20 I've spent. Oh,..and my right dust boot is torn. Dealer last to touch.

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Old 12-30-2006, 11:46 PM
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I had to replace pads about 2 months ago. I was still under the factory maintanence period but I was fed up with brake dust. I called Auto Zone parts store. They will rent the caliper tool for $30 and when you return it they give you your $30 back. If you want to keep it for $30 you can. I figure no more often than I will replace rear pads, I'll just rent it.
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Amazon.com has the Bentley manuals for our whips for the relatively low sum of ~$56 delivered. I read of lower prices for the manual here & elsewhere, but after investigating a bunch of dead-ends and non-current pricing found Amazon to be about the cheapest (tax free for many and free shipping over $50).

Thought I'd pass the word in case anybody else was searching for this particular manual.

Just got mine today (took about a week with the free delivery).
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That's a really good price for a really good manual!
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Very good price indeed!
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I've got an SES light, Any suggestions on a decent code reader? I've got Autozone, advance, Napa and Carquest to choose from.
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I've got an SES light, Any suggestions on a decent code reader? I've got Autozone, advance, Napa and Carquest to choose from.
I've never tried anything else....but i liked autozone
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Extensible magnet...
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I'll see your extensible magnet, and raise you a magnetic bowl:

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Old 03-04-2007, 04:35 AM
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I've got an SES light, Any suggestions on a decent code reader? I've got Autozone, advance, Napa and Carquest to choose from.

If you want to buy one, Mini Mania has one. I am planning on getting this for myself this spring, as I am no longer going to the dealership for service intervals, etc.

Also, a nylon pry stick, found it VERY useful when taking off door panels, dash parts, center consol sections, etc. No scratches, saved the fingers from a bunch of crushing and scrapes.

PS...BlwnAway,did you used to own a Passat? Years ago, I knew someone with a screen name like that on a forum for Passats.
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I'm currently having issues finding the proper impact wrench/compressor combo...I just had new tires put on tuesday, and the shop torqued my lugs to the point I can't get them off by hand, including using a breaker bar. I decided to pick up a compressor/wrench, since it's something I've been meaning to do. First compressor was a 2gal, 2.7 scfm at 90 psi, wrench is a 340lb.ft craftsman special...needless to say I still couldn't get the lugs off. Took the compressor back and picked up a 15 gal, 4.9 scfm at 40psi, same impact wrench...still can't get them to budge.

My question is am I still too low in power? Or is it because the lugs are just soooo over torqued the only way to get them off would be to use whatever professional grade tools the shop used? Thanks in advance, at worst I guess I'll go to the shop tomorrow AM and bitch.
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