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    Hey all
    I am planning to do as much of the vecs maintenance as possible, mostly servicing, and work that is suitable for DIY.

    What tools should i start getting my hands on?

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    torx sockets and insert bits, caliper windback tool...should see you started..

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    halfords have a offer on a tool case full of all the tools you need and more its 99 pound but it good quality and they will last i even think they guarenteed for life!!

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    AJust about anything is possible for a DIYer, eventually, and some cash to extend your tool and equipemnt range.

    There are plenty of books around about choosing and using tools, which could be a good start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepheng View Post
    halfords have a offer on a tool case full of all the tools you need and more its 99 pound but it good quality and they will last i even think they guarenteed for life!!
    I guess you're meaning the 120 piece kit? I notice they've gone up in price. It wasn't that long ago I got the 150 piece kit for the £99 price when it was on offer. I noticed the 150 piece kit has gone up from £150 to £180!

    The 120 piece is still a good one to go for, especially when it's on offer. It's good stuff and as you say all comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    torx sockets and insert bits, caliper windback tool...should see you started..
    I will be getting stuck into your how-to's!!

    Quote Originally Posted by stepheng View Post
    halfords have a offer on a tool case full of all the tools you need and more its 99 pound but it good quality and they will last i even think they guarenteed for life!!
    Will have to check them out!

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    Some tools won't work out very cost effective if they are specific tools (eg brake rewind tool) - how many times are you going to use it?? It is easily possible to do the brakes without one, sometimes you have to improvise a solution.

    Reasonable quality tools with be a very good investment, as they will radically reduce your costs of maintaining your vehicle. IMO Steer clear of very cheap tools (or be prepared to break them - regularly), and the most expensive may not be necessary for home use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    I guess you're meaning the 120 piece kit? I notice they've gone up in price. It wasn't that long ago I got the 150 piece kit for the £99 price when it was on offer. I noticed the 150 piece kit has gone up from £150 to £180!

    The 120 piece is still a good one to go for, especially when it's on offer. It's good stuff and as you say all comes with a lifetime guarantee.
    Looks like a good set that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    AJust about anything is possible for a DIYer, eventually, and some cash to extend your tool and equipemnt range.

    There are plenty of books around about choosing and using tools, which could be a good start.
    I used to do ok as DIY mechanic, until i started driving company car in 1996! Have not had to do a thing since! A little out of touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Some tools won't work out very cost effective if they are specific tools (eg brake rewind tool) - how many times are you going to use it?? It is easily possible to do the brakes without one, sometimes you have to improvise a solution.

    Reasonable quality tools with be a very good investment, as they will radically reduce your costs of maintaining your vehicle. IMO Steer clear of very cheap tools (or be prepared to break them - regularly), and the most expensive may not be necessary for home use.
    ^^^^ just what STE said..

    buy good quality, but don't think it has to be snap-on or the like if you're not using them every day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Reasonable quality tools with be a very good investment, as they will radically reduce your costs of maintaining your vehicle. IMO Steer clear of very cheap tools (or be prepared to break them - regularly), and the most expensive may not be necessary for home use.
    Yep, and I'd say the Halfords are a good balance of cost and quality. It's good kit with a lifetime guarantee, but doesn't have the price tag of say Snap-On (which you'd only buy if you were using them every day/very regularly).

    Definitely a false economy to buy cheap as they'll end up costing more once you have to keep replacing them when they break, or they'll drive you insane as they won't be up to doing the job efficiently.

    EDIT: lol, just seen Mark's reply. Pipped me to it with the Snap-on comment!

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