SS #670 Tools
Here is a list of useful tools.
I'd always wanted a good floor jack so when an opportunity to get
a good deal on a Lincoln 2-ton (W93642) came up, I had to get one.
I'd read that Corvette owners prefer this jack because it the lift
cup is very low; at or slightly below the top of the wheels.
Heated oxygen sensors can be a lot taller than the single wire ones
used on OBD-I vehicles. The
Performance tool W84008 is a pretty good choice.
I believe it's important to have the factory manual. It contains
the same information technicians at your dealer use when they work
on your car. It's contains torque specifications, wiring schematics
and lots of other use stuff.
The best place to buy a manual is from
Helm Incorporated. The set
isn't cheap; the 2000 Camaro and Firebird Service Manual goes for
$135 plus shipping.
My set is well worn and full of page markers!
Helm also offers an electronic version of the service manual. It's
about twice as expensive as the paper manual set but it covers all
GM vehicles from 1998 and up and includes high resolution images.
It also includes service bulletins from 1980 and up. Their webpage
says you can buy updates but when I called to do this (I wanted the
current TSBs) it became clear there no updates; instead you have
to buy the current version (at full price).
I have two pairs of 12000 GVW
the extra pair comes in handy when I need the car level (for an oil
change) or with the weight on all four wheels (for suspension work).
Drive on the front pair, jack up the rear end and let it down on
the rear pair. Note that the warning labels say not to use
RhinoRamps with other lifting equipment and not to use them in
When I upgraded my radiator, I used an
UView Airlift cooling system
refill kit (#5550000) to refill my cooling system. It uses compressed
air to evacuate the system and then just open a valve and it sucks
the coolant mix out of a bucket. This is how the factory fills
cooling systems on new cars and when used properly, there's no air
trapped in the system.
When I did my differential, I used
Kent Moore J25588 I got from
SPX/OTC. It made
the job a lot easier.
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