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Old 02-22-2009, 05:39 PM
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1999 - 2003 7.3L Power Stroke Tool Kit?

Okay I'm diesel stupid. But not as much as I was before I bought my 7.3 truck and found this forum.

I really don't have that much in the way of tools. I was wondering what some of you guys would recommend as a starter set of tools that would allow me to work on my own engine for most of the everyday common issues that seem to most frequently arise right here on this forum?

I'm one of those guys with a few cheap screwdrivers, a poor quality vise-grip and a crescent wrench. Well maybe a little more than that but certainly inadequate. I'm mainly interested in what I need to get started without breaking the bank.

I also see that an ohm meter? is used ALLOT to diagnose most if not all the electrical issues. Recommendations for one that's adequate for the job but not too pricey? Also do you have to be an electrical "geek' to figure out how to use it?

I'm not sure if it would be practicle or not but maybe a short explanation as to what that tool applies to. Like removing valve covers, etc. Thanks fellas.
 
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:41 PM
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No Clay - An ohmeter is fairly straight forward once you figure out which scale to use- You can also test continiuty w/ it.
 
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Find yourself a cheap socket set that has metric sockets. You'll want to get a couple of different sizes of extensions, and some wobble joints for the sockets. Find yourself a cheap multi-meter that can read volts and ohms. Many of the cheap ones just have one ohm setting which makes life much more simple.

That should probably get you started, and you can always add other tools if the need arises.
 
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It sounds like it won't take allot to get started. At least from undoing, or taking stuff off. But when you put it back on or screw it down. How important is having someway to check torque? Is guessing on some of the stuff...okay?


How much would a "cheap" I meant inexpensive torque wrench run? I haven't looked them up but I'm guessing their not cheap.
 
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I'd guess you could pick up a cheap torque wrench for $30 - $40.
 
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Helo Chris i rent in auto zone then take deposit 109 dollars 90 days after is yours
 
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Good point Adam. I forgot you can now rent most tools like that at Autozone. Really more of a loaner program I believe. The last time I rented a tool, they charged me full retail price as a deposit, then when I brought the tool back, they refunded 100%.
 
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Yes same think im not started with fuel injector where is idm fuse you now Chris Thank YOU
 
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Last time i remove valve cover you need 1/2 ranch to remove and some screwdriver i dont now i have E-350 its litlle difrent
 
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Yes same think im not started with fuel injector where is idm fuse you now Chris Thank YOU
You'd have to check your owners manual to find out which fuse number it is. Just unplugging the CPS will work fine too. If you don't have an owners manual you can download one here GENUINE FORD AND LINCOLN MERCURY PARTS AND SERVICE – GLOVE BOX MANUALS REPLY PAGE – MANUALS NOT FOUND
 
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sears has a pretty good deal on mechanics tool sets i bought a set before i started getting matco stuff... great set i keep it in my truck now bout 200bucks you can have all your sockets and wrenches mayb cheaper than that now
 
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Clay- I would go invest in a good quality tool set at your favorite store- Lowe's, HD, Sears, etc. and make sure to get a set with 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive sockets. You will want standard and deep well in the 1/4 and 3/8 drives. A nice variety of screwdrivers, nut drivers, and allen wrenches is also nice. 1/2 drive is probably not necessary for most things, but it is sure nice to have. You need a 1/2 drive ratchet to remove your fan belt
For a multimeter, I picked up a decent unit at Sears for $25 (I can post a part number later if you wish). Same thing on the torque wrench, I have a 1/2" drive "beam style" torque wrench from Sears, cost around $40 IIRC. The clicker style torque wrenches are much, much nicer though, and if you have the extra cash to spend I'd get a clicker wrench.
In case you don't know, the "beam" style torque wrenches have a needle and a scale on them, and the harder you pull on the handle the more the gauge moves past the needle... the more torque you are applying. The "clicker" wrenches use an adjustable micrometer on the end of the handle- you set it to the desired setting and tighten the bolt/nut until you hear a "click" then stop.
 
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I have a "Companion" brand set, consisting of sockets, ratchets,and asst'd other tools from Sears that I keep under the back seat. I also have the Sears multi-meter that I bought on sale for less than $20. I keep the meter, a test light, and some jumper test leads with clips in a small box under the front seat. These items will usually help me to diagnose/fix most of the common problems faced when away from home. Spare fuses, CPS, and tire repair kit are also carried.
 
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I would like to suggest Harbor Freight as a source of tools. Their prices are very good and many have a lifetime warranty They have a website as well as many retail locations. Good Luck....
 

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