E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > DIY: Do It Yourself

DIY: Do It Yourself
Post here to share or improve your wrench turning skills! All BMW E46 DIY tips, tales, and projects discussed inside. Learn to work on your car and know the right BMW parts you will need!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-27-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
Nick9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Allen,TX
Posts: 1
My Ride: 2000 Honda Civic
Question for a newbie

I have a question that may seem a bit stupid but, I need to ask it. My father has some basic tools that he is willing to let me have. My question is, what tools are absolutely essential when working on an e46? I understand that some replacement of parts may require a special tool here or there but, I am having a hard time figuring out what a good base set of tools would be. I've never really worked on cars and was planning to make an e46 a learning experience with cars. I've always liked to jump head first into things.

Thanks,
Nick9
Nick9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 03-27-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
Sansho
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: CT
Posts: 2,018
My Ride: 2001 325i
Don't feel bad asking this question ... in fact it's been asked several times before ... so if you search you can find lots of opinions on what is needed. My short version: good metric 3/8" and 1/2" socket sets with extensions, a good metric wrench set (open and closed ends), a torque wrench (I like to torque a bolt to factory specs), a torx socket set, good set of screwdrivers, a hammer, and a Motive power bleeder (for brakes). Really do read some of the other threads on this, if you haven't already.
__________________
.
Sansho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2015, 10:53 PM   #3
SilberVogel
OEM ///Member
 
SilberVogel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 1,136
My Ride: 2002 330Ci Conv.
Sounds similar to the boat I was in when first starting DIY work. Had some tools from my father, a list of things I wanted to fix, and not much else to go on.

Sansho has some good advice above, and Iíd absolutely invest some money in a reliable torque wrench. Some practical things that are also worth mentioning would be a small high-powered flashlight, maybe even a headlamp, extendable magnetic pickup or claw gabber, inspection mirror, flexible bit driver, and a decent pair of work gloves. Canít tell you how many times I banged up my hands unnecessarily before finally picking up a pair.

Lots of information in past discussions for tools, but also take a look at the first two or three DIYs you plan on tackling. Some of the better ones will actually list the tools you need, and youíll quickly start to see some overlap. I can remember going out and buying just the tools I needed for a particular DIY, and after doing that a few times, assembled a pretty extensive tool kit rather quickly.

Best of luck with your repairs, and with all the DIYs that are out there, it's a great first car to work on.
__________________



DIYs help you save money with repairs; let www.bmwpnpc.com help you save money with the parts.
SilberVogel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2015, 04:42 AM   #4
Solidjake
Zero. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 26,428
My Ride: '02 330i 6MT
I have the following (might miss a few)

- Ratchet
- Various extension sizes
- metric socket set (primarily needed are 8/10/11/13mm)
- torx bits for ratchet
- hex bits for ratchet
- philips and flathead screwdrivers
- electrical tape
- box cutter
- 15" breaker bar
- pliers
- adjustable wrench
- metric ratcheting wrenches
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2015, 06:05 AM   #5
BDUB328I
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 1,703
My Ride: bmw 328i S54 sedan (
It's best to have 2 of every metrix size (within a reasonable range, mine is 5-36mm for sockets, you could get away with 8-22 but the more the better) socket and wrench (in case there is not room for a ratchet/socket), reason I say 2 of each is in case you have to hold a bolt while loosing a nut of the same size.

Also u can never have too many extensions or screw drivers

If they're free tools take them all...

Also if you can get some ratchet wrenches do it. They make things 10x easier and faster. I just picked up another set from Sears (on sale) just for when friends are helping me
__________________

Last edited by BDUB328I; 03-28-2015 at 06:13 AM.
BDUB328I is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2015, 09:07 AM   #6
markusmarkus
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 2,428
My Ride: 2001 330Ci
Buy quality tools. By "quality" I mean Craftsman as a minimum. Using cheapo tools will result in damaged fasteners, delays because you need to replace bolts, nutz, etc., and the need to replace the tools with quality tools. Torque wrenched are absolutely needed. I have 2: a craftsman 3/8" that scales up to about 100ft-lbs and a smaller one that scales up to 30ft-lbs. Theres a .pdf floating around one of these forums that list the proper torques for all BMWs.
markusmarkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2015, 03:15 AM   #7
scooter8337
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 12
My Ride: 2000 323i
a bright led work light. you will inevitably drop or drop something on your work light and bulbs blow at the worst time. Also this sounds crazy but a laptop or tablet you can take into the garage to google pictures, how to's, parts prices etc... while working on your car. Sometimes it's something as simple as finding out how to get to a bolt or clip.
scooter8337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2015, 08:50 AM   #8
Jonathan @ BimmerWorld
Sponsor
 
Jonathan @ BimmerWorld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: BimmerWorld
Posts: 165
My Ride: M3/LMR-3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Solidjake View Post
- metric ratcheting wrenches
Everything mentioned is good, and if your father is giving you what he has, take it all. A good set of ratcheting wrenches is well worth the investment, as they'll save you surprising amount of effort and time.

Oh, and don't forget a big bag of zip ties.
__________________


Jonathan
BimmerWorld
Race Proven Performance
www.bimmerworld.com
www.bimmerworldracing.com

Last edited by Jonathan @ BimmerWorld; 04-18-2015 at 08:50 AM.
Jonathan @ BimmerWorld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2015, 09:07 AM   #9
Solidjake
Zero. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 26,428
My Ride: '02 330i 6MT
They are a great asset to the tool collection (although I had to buy my tools)
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2015, 12:41 PM   #10
zander271
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,790
My Ride: 6spd ZHP/5sp XI
Question for a newbie

What these guys said

Air tools and a small compressor to start with. I just bought a 65 gallon shop one to replace my 3 gallon one. Having air tools makes jobs go much quicker.

Last edited by zander271; 04-18-2015 at 12:41 PM.
zander271 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use