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Old 07-07-2006, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Folks,

Can you tell me if my 1999 Outback utilizes Metric or Standard bolts and nuts? I need to buy a tool kit for it.

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Old 07-07-2006, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Since it is a Japanese car, metric is the way to go.
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Metric and a couple good regular old crescent wrenches that fit everything in between.

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With 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21? mm wrenches, you can pretty much completely disassemble a Subaru.
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what he said, I've only came across 3 sizes in the entire car so far.
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Thanks for your replies.

Do you ever come across a need for Allen wrenches on your Outbacks?

Besides wrenches, sockets, cresent wrench, screwdrivers, plyers, hammer, etc., do you all have any other suggestions for a kit that stays in the car for repairs on the road?

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A good breaker bar has came in handy more than a few times. My ratchets have broken on a couple of bolts.
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A good flashlight. An old blanket or something to kneel/lay on wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

I can't recall needing an Allen wrench, for anything on a Subaru. I do know on some newer stuff (all maybe) some of the drain plugs are a really freaking big Torx, but I doubt you'd need that for "along the road" repairs.
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What kind of on the road repairs do you guys expect to run into? I can see changing a spare, or a headlight bulb, but what else would you need to do enroute?
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Exactly, it is all those things you can't imagine, that is why I have a rubbermaid tub full of tools in my car at all times. Like just the other day I smacked a rock and had to completely remove my plastic undershield, glad I had a few screwdrivers, pliers, and a 10mm nut driver.

I have actually used my tools to help other people, than to work on my own car.
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