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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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17MM , why the heck is it so hard to find...

So I got my 2 quarts of Royal Purple SynchroMax fluid for the NV3550. I read I needed a 17MM Hex bit for both the drain AND fill plug. Out of the 3 autoparts stores my town has (Autozone,Oriellys, and Napa) not one of them had this bit in stock and on the shelves. Turns out only NAPA could order it for me.

Needless to say $19.48 later I obtained the part through them, should be here on Monday. Why is this such a specialty bit? I know it's a good size allen, but still! I went to 2 local hardware stores as well, the biggest size everyone carried was a 10mm -.-

Just thought i'd vent!

-Evan

P.S- Any tips for re-routing the oil when draining it so it doesnt puddle up on the skid plate? I really don't want to take it off.

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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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You could have called SnapOn/Matco/MAC and asked for the number of one of their local tool reps. I'm positive one of them would have it.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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ummmm....I made one once..I took a 6 in long metric bolt with a 17mm head on it, put it in the vice, applied a little heat, gave it a 90* bend and was done. In fact I still have it in my box somewhere....Cost about $2 at the time....
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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:25 PM   #4
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You can find a 3 pack (14mm, 17mm and another that I don't remember) on the rack at every Autozone in Texas, not sure about Cali. And I wouldn't recommend making one. There is a lot of extension on the bolt and when I tried doing that the bolt broke. Get you a set, you will use it more than once.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
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Iguess I should have been a little bit more clear..Just because no one had the exact tool you were looking for doesn't mean that you are completely screwed...Its an idea that can be used in a pinch....like a Sunday nite and no on has one and you need it to get to work the next day type thing. I probably used the thing once..maybe twice. I do have a real 17MM hex in the box too and much prefer it to a bent bolt.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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I bought mine 15 years ago off the Snap-on truck for a NV3500 in a GM 1/2 ton, he had it in stock, no idea what it cost either.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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It shouldn't get onto the skid. Only the t-case would cause problems.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #8
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The hex socket set had the 17mm in it. IIRC you can get them for like under $15. I used mine when I changed the fluids in my nv3350
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Unread 11-17-2012, 06:46 PM   #9
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Here in Cali at the Autzone's even in their little combo packs, they only went to 10mm's.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:09 PM   #10
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I made mine with a bolt, locktite and 3 nuts. Free from what I had laying around.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:21 PM   #11
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tooltopia.com is a good resource for tools.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #12
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Made mine too. Well not really i have a bunch of bolts laying around. Just used the head of one and a pipe wrench. Works every time for free.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #13
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Sears has them.
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I bought mine at Sears for $12.
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