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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by FireFox31 View Post
Thanks so much for the advice. Yes, buying the tools will be an investment.

I don't understand the difference between a flare nut wrench and a crowfoot flare nut wrench. I'm looking at these two products:
Flare nut wrench
Crowfoot flare nut wrench

The crowfoot has no handle, so I assume I must attach it to a simple ratchet handle which I'd use for sockets. The non-crowfoot has a handle, which seems pretty simple and smaller than having a wrench head on a socket handle, allowing it to reach tighter spaces.

What did you mean by "crowfoot is more versatile"? Is "crowfoot" defined by not having an attached handle? Also, I see Snap-On has some 12-point crowfoot wrenches, which I'd love to have, but they are only in the sizes larger than 11mm which is what I need now.

And yes, Snap-On, even for a clueless tinkerer like myself. I want to buy American-made products, so they're my first choice supplier.

I am confused here... American made tools as preference... (nothing wrong there) Yet you are working on YOUR W210?

I would try the line wrench...

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Thankfully, I found an 11mm wrench in my toolbox and was able to easily remove the bolts and reinstall the new ones. Its handle was so short that I had to use strength instead of leverage, but it worked. I will buy any wrenches that I don't already have, and maybe some angled box-end ones.

For $200, Id take it to the dealer...
I considered calling the dealership and asking what it would cost to do the repair, but I forgot to do it. The job seemed possible for me, even with my low skill level.

Thanks again for your help. No more adjustable wrenches for me!

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