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#1 (permalink) Old 11-15-2004, 12:17 PM
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Tried all over looking for the hex socket to remove the final drive fill & drain bolts but cannot find it anywhere. The book says it is either 14mm or 17mm. Does anyone know what it is on a 93 325i without limited slip? Have to get it online but not sure what size to get

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thanks! would you believe the socket costs $15..

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GO TO HOME DEPOT AND BUY A SET FOR $20.......dude u dont buy tools online!!!!! but them from a store and they will be guaranteed for life!!!!!! MEN BUY TOOLS!!!!!
its not a one use kinda item!!!!! SEARS has great tools!!!!!! .....GO BUY SOME!!!!
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i went to 2 different sears' stores and a home depot plus numerous autoparts places- the largest hex socket was 10mm....even at sear's the allen wrench keys jumped from 12mm to 17mm- there was no 14mm key even..let alone socket.. BTW i do have tools but not hex sockets- which i would be willing to buy at a store but around here the largest readily avaliable size is 10mm

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You may have a hard time fitting a hex socket in there - a cheap alternative to buying the $15 dollar socket is to get a 14mm allen wrench (about $5), cut off a portion of it, and stick it into a 14mm socket - that way you can allow it to fit in the tight clearance between the spare tire housing and the differential.
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Good point. I was checking out the 2 bolts and the top (fill) bolt has about 3 inches of clearance to the spare tire housing. 1/2 drive hex should fit tho. If not i can always cut down the hex socket right?

Edit- Second thought, I think i'll try and make my own. Why not save $10..

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