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Special tools are occasionally necessary to perform a specific job or are recommended to make a job easier. Their use has been kept to a minimum. When a special tool is indicated, it will be referred to by the manufacture's part number. Where possible, an illustration of the tool will be provided so that an equivalent tool may be used.
Normally, the use of special factory tools is avoided for repair procedures, since these are not readily available for the do-it-yourselfer. When it is possible to perform the job with more commonly available tools, it will be pointed out, but occasionally, a special tool was designed to perform a specific function and should be used. Before substituting another tool, you should be convinced that neither your safety nor the performance of the vehicle will be compromised.
As you read the repair procedures, also look at the illustrations. You may be able to figure out that factory special tool 0000-XYZ is nothing more than a simple bearing puller. Assuming that you can find one of the correct size and installation type, you may use an equivalent tool of another manufacture. Note the key word equivalent means equal in every function. Use of an incorrect tool may cause severe damage or injury.
Some special tools are available commercially from major tool manufacturers. Others must be purchased through your Honda dealer; most factory tools are assigned a part number and may be ordered through normal parts channels.