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Old 01-19-2005, 03:47 PM   #1
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Question where to get a 14mm hex key ?

I have an engine block heater that I want to install. You have to remove an engine plug first. You need a 14mm Hex Key for use with a socket set to remove this. Problem is I cant find one any where ! only metric size's are up to 10mm !

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Old 01-19-2005, 03:53 PM   #2
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One option is the 2nd item down on this page:
http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.c...2/tools-2.html
(assuming you are still in the UK). In general, what you want is a "hex driver".
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Old 01-19-2005, 03:55 PM   #3
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Old 01-19-2005, 04:09 PM   #4
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Thanks, yes I did see this but at $65 its a little spendy !
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Old 01-19-2005, 04:10 PM   #5
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One option is the 2nd item down on this page:
http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.c...2/tools-2.html
(assuming you are still in the UK). In general, what you want is a "hex driver".
Im in Chicago IL not the UK. But thanks
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Old 01-19-2005, 05:37 PM   #6
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Thanks, yes I did see this but at $65 its a little spendy !
Woah you're right. I didn't even look at the prices, I just assumed it was cheap since it was Harbor Freight.

Doesn't your local Sears carry one?
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Old 01-19-2005, 05:41 PM   #7
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Woah you're right. I didn't even look at the prices, I just assumed it was cheap since it was Harbor Freight.

Doesn't your local Sears carry one?
No I even had them look it up in the book and they dont carry that size ? !

Sucks !

Anyone else have a solution ?
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Old 01-19-2005, 05:46 PM   #8
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How about using a bolt with a 14mm head to engage the plug? Double nut the threaded portion to give you something for your wrench to hold on to.

Also, migght want to try a used tool store. Detroit has a couple in the 'burbs known as Re-tool.

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Old 01-19-2005, 05:52 PM   #9
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Yeah the 14mm headed bolt will work and is pretty cheap. I got a 14mm 1/2" hex bit socket from mcmaster-carr. 5571A71 $10.71, you'd probably have it the next day. 3/8" only go up to 12mm.

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Old 01-19-2005, 05:55 PM   #10
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Snap On makes one - it's pricey. I made one. I raided my junk box and found a big old crank bolt (high tensile steel) and ground the head down to a 14mm hex using a bench grinder - you do need experience and/or a good eye to end up genuinely hexagonal - then ground a smaller hex on the other end to fit into a socket.

Cost $0, and I only wasted one bolt - it ended up a touch too small.
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Old 01-19-2005, 08:24 PM   #11
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Snap On makes one - it's pricey. I made one. I raided my junk box and found a big old crank bolt (high tensile steel) and ground the head down to a 14mm hex using a bench grinder - you do need experience and/or a good eye to end up genuinely hexagonal - then ground a smaller hex on the other end to fit into a socket.

Cost $0, and I only wasted one bolt - it ended up a touch too small.
Can't beat diy.
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:55 PM   #12
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How about using a bolt with a 14mm head to engage the plug? Double nut the threaded portion to give you something for your wrench to hold on to.

Also, migght want to try a used tool store. Detroit has a couple in the 'burbs known as Re-tool.

Good luck,
Todd
I tried this but I welded a nut on on end, however the bolt sheared right at the end of teh threaded part !

Phil, I will look at mcmaster-carr. Dont know why I didnt think to look there myself ! Thanks
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Sorry about the UK ref; fortunately, Google handles stuff in the USA, too:
http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...EGRN%7C%7Etrue
It says the item is normal stock for their Crystal Lake store.
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:49 AM   #14
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The 14mm bit is used for VW oil drain plugs, so it's easy to find wherever Euro maint. tools are sold.
Example.
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Old 01-25-2005, 02:30 PM   #15
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Sorry about the UK ref; fortunately, Google handles stuff in the USA, too:
http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...EGRN%7C%7Etrue
It says the item is normal stock for their Crystal Lake store.
Now thats funny, I went to that store and they looked at me like I was from outer space !
I got one from McMastercarr, arrived in the mail in 2 days for about $10, 7" long.

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Old 01-25-2005, 07:35 PM   #16
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...they looked at me like I was from outer space !
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You should have explained that the UK, though alien, is not quite all the way to outer space...
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Yep, I got the Snap-on one and never looked back.

(my Snap-on addiction is getting way out of hand)
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:48 AM   #18
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i got a 9/16" or 5/8" not sure which and ground it down
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My local hardware store carries hex keys in all sizes, including 14mm. I had no trouble locating it at all. I think I paid like $8 for excellent American-made 14mm hex key.
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