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Re: The real reason we work on our own cars... (archive)

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Posted by Nick P. on August 28, 2001 at 08:35:39:

In Reply to: The real reason we work on our own cars... posted by Marlin on August 27, 2001 at 17:59:07:

I agree. While I primarily buy craftsman stuff, I know it isn't Snap On, but I rarely break any of my craftsman stuff, and when I do, it is because I am abusing it (ie... 3/8 inch breaker bar with a 5 foot pipe attached for motivation to remove frozen e21 lug bolts) but every time I fix mine or my wifes car, I call the mechanic to get an estimate, then I deduct the parts, and new tools, and almost every time the difference is at least a few hundred dollars ( mainly on the wifes Grand Am because removal and reinstall of any component under the hood is like a really hard game of "memory", damn those engines and transmissions are packed in tight. and you have to take half of the engine apart to change anything.)
That is how I have amassed approx $2500.00 In hand tools. (well that and christmas and birthday wish lists)
Nick Panich

is to justify getting new tools!

When the dealer wants $611 to change out the 2 front shocks, and I can buy them for $75 each from BMA, well, I can buy a LOT of tools for that difference.

Just FYI... I got a remanufactured impact wrench from Campbell Hausfeld (sp?) for $40, and it's there "pro" model, not their cheap one. Works great.

Also picked up a 10-150lb 1/2" Mac torque wrench at the pawn shop for $70. Calibrated fine. But, be careful at buying tools at pawn shops tho. They're usually worn out.

The new BOGE Automatic shocks are great. What a difference.


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