Special Tools for a Mercedes

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Special Tools for a Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz automobiles require specialised tools for repairs and maintenance. (Front-light of black mercedes image by Mladenov from Fotolia.com)

Owning a Mercedes-Benz automobile has its advantages. Mercedes-Benz enjoys a reputation for automotive quality, safety and longevity. But repairing them requires certain specialised tools. Mechanic shops specialise in repair and maintenance of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, but you can find and purchase the specialised tools yourself. Tools for Mercedes-Benz automobiles are varied and divided into function. There are specialised tools for everything from automatic transmissions to wheels and tires.

Automatic Transmission Tools

There are a variety of specialised tools to work on automatic transmissions within Mercedes-Benz automobiles. They include tools as basic as the oil level dipstick for viewing the oil level height to various driveshaft groove nut socket wrenches. Clutch pack compressors help remove the snap ring. A brake band piston loader is a specialised assembly tool for brake pistons. A special axial play parallel rest tool measures axial play--the side-to-side movement--on the gear sets.

General Engine Tools

Specialised tools designed for general engine use are available for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. These include a special slide hammer adaptor for removing the precombustion chambers from early- and late-model turbo diesels, and a specialised diesel pin wrench. A special "pencil" type, extra-long glow plug bore reamer removes heavy carbon deposits in glow plugs--a sometimes necessary first step to removing the plugs--for models 1996 to the current year. There is also one for models from 1983 and for nonturbo models from 1967 to 1985.

Electrical Equipment and Tools

Special Mercedes-Benz tools are designed to work on the vehicles' electrical systems. These include a wire terminal and connector crimping master kit. The kit includes the basic crimper and five interchangeable magnetic crimping heads, along with a one-handed wire stripper that crimps butt, hex, coaxial, insulated, noninsulated, closed, flag and cord end Mercedes-Benz terminals of varying sizes. A special Mercedes-Benz data scanner reads and resets fault codes and reads live data for road tests. Also available is a bearing and race puller for use on battery terminals, small gears and bearings and relay pliers for easy removal of the Mercedes-Benz Bosch electrical relays, in the smallest, tightest locations.

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