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The Mk7 VW GTI has proven to be a fun and capable car, versatile in its design and functionality, to be perfect for all kinds of drivers. With the right care, they can last for many years and many thousands of miles, but with cars coming out of warranty, these basic repairs and services will now need to be done out of pocket. Handling these jobs yourself will save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the car, and having the right tools on hand can turn this potentially tricky process into one that any compete at-home DIY'er can tackle without issue

 

Common tools you should own to work on your Mk7 VW GTI

A good basic set of hand tools is the first thing you’re going to need for working on your Mk7 GTI. Being a European brand, all of the hardware on the GTI is metric, so make sure any tools you already have are sized in ‘MM’, such as 10mm, 13mm, 21mm, and so on, versus SAE sizes which are broken down into fractions of inches such as ¼”, ⅜” or similar.

Common hand tools are going to include wrenches, ratchets, and socket sets consisting of shallow and deep sockets, extensions, at least one or two swivel options, hex-bit (Allen) and Torx options. 

Volkswagen and Audi have expanded their use of triple-square fasteners over the years, and you’ll need a set of these for a number of common jobs, including the transmission, brakes, and suspension. A nice electric impact driver will make some of the jobs much quicker when it comes to disassembly. Good quality torque wrenches in all three common drive sizes of ¼”, ⅜”, and ½” are highly recommended and typically required for most jobs. 

Aside from that, we would recommend having an assortment of screwdrivers, pliers, hook tools, pry bars, a decent floor jack, jack stands, and other items on hand. Some of the tools listed below aren't available on fcpeuro.com; because of this, some of the links might bring you to Northern Tool or Amazon. 

Recommended ratchet and socket sets

Recommended wrench sets

Miscellaneous tools

 

Specialty tools you should own to work on your Mk7 VW GTI

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Beyond the basic tools listed above that you should already have if you own a used German or European vehicle, the Mk7 will require some very specific tools depending on the job you're completing. While we list the specific tools you need in the descriptions of our DIY videos and in the DIY articles themselves, here is an ever-growing list as we complete more of these jobs ourselves. 

Specialty tools for the Mk7 VW GTI engine:

Specialty tools for the Mk7 VW GTI suspension:

Specialty tools for Mk7 VW GTI brakes:

Specialty tools for the Mk7 VW GTI transmission:

 

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If you have any questions related to the tools that you should have on hand when owning a Mk7 VW GTI, leave them in the comments below. 

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Nathan Brown

FCP Euro's Event Director by day, writer and contributor by night, and wanna-be race car driver on the weekends. Nathan has been working in the VW and Audi performance aftermarket for nearly two decades, and dabbled with Porsche and BMW. He also used to write under the pen-name of Alex Rogan for magazines like Eurotuner, Performance VW, Total 911, and European Car. He has a Cornflower Blue Rabbit Edition GTI daily driver which is surprisingly still mostly stock, and a Mk5 GTI track car which is mostly not. ••• Instagram: @njbrown55


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