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Brake job torque wrench recommendation

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I am new to this forum and find the topics to be excellent. I just bought a used 2006 Boxster S and love it.

I am interested in doing some maintenance on the car, including brake pad replacement.

Would you recommend a decent torque wrench for use for this work and any other special "must have" tools for the job?

What is the minimum dimension for replacing the front and rear discs? What is the typical life for brake pads considering many different driving styles?

Regards and thanks in advance.

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I have been doing brake jobs for more than 30 years and have never needed a torque wrench for that application. However, if you feel the need for that level of accuracy then I would reccomend a craftsman Microtork® Torque Wrench. The 25-250 inch lbs will fill most of your needs but for some of the larger torques such as axle nuts will require a larger wrench with Ft Lbs capability. Both wrenches run about $75.00 and are very reliable. You can certainly buy more expensive tools but your paying for something you don't need. One other thing to keep in mind is to always relieve all the tension on the tool when you are done using it. Don't store it set at your last setting.

If you do a search on this site you will find a lot of info regarding DIY for brakes including minimum rotor dimensions.

Hope this helps.

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