^ Some of the repairs covered in this manual call for the use of Porsche special tools. Many of the special tools are simply the best thing to use to do the job correctly. In these cases, the tool is identified with a part number and an ordering number, where available.
This, however, does not automatically mean that the job is too complicated or out of reach of the novice. For example an affordable and very useful special tool is a hose clamping tool. This tool is helpful to clamp off fluid lines for a neater job.
^ There are some jobs for which expensive special tools are essential, and not a cost-effective purchase for one-time repair by the do-it-yourself owner. An example is the rear wheel bearing press. This tool is more expensive than having the job done by a professional who already owns the tool. This manual includes these jobs for the benefit of those with the necessary experience and access to tools.
Most of the Porsche special tools can be purchased through an authorized Porsche dealer. As an alternative, some special tools mentioned may be purchased from the following tool manufacturers and/or distributors:
• Baum Tools Unlimited. Inc.
P.O. Box 87, Longboat Key, FL 34228 (800) 848-6657 http://www.baumtools.com
• Assenmacher Specialty Tools 6440 Odell Place, Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 530-2424 http://www.asttool.com
• Schley Products Inc.
5350 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
• Zelenda Automotive Inc.
66-02 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 896-2288 http://www.zelenda.com
When ordering special tools from the dealer, have the tool ordering number on hand. This number normally has more digits in it than the tool number itself. When ordering tools directly from Baum Tools Unlimited, Inc., either the tool number or the ordering number will be sufficient.
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