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tl;dr: You can use a spade or similar tool in order to dig the snow out of the way. What are some methods I can employ to make it easier to get unstuck in snow? Having said that, there are several things that you can do or might want to consider if you are stuck in snow. How to Get a Car Out of Snow Check the Exhaust - Clear any snow that is ...


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Yes you should store it at zero, it weakens the spring. I would have it checked/calibrated to make sure it is still accurate.


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A hand winch and a tow strap. You need something to attach it to (a tow hook on your car and something sturdy in the surrounding area) but it's about 90 percent as good as calling a tow truck. The winch does all the work, the strap just extends its reach to the nearest sturdy object. If pulling the car six feet doesn't unstick it, just put the car back in ...


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I'm going to answer the basic mechanical points, as weighted by my opinion of importance. I'm leaving out the issue of waxing as potentially too broad. Safety: These are critical. Do not proceed down the list without addressing each (at least). Safety glasses: Always wear them, especially when you don't think that you need to. I purchased mine from the ...


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First off, everything Bob said. General Socket Extensions: Your socket set may come with 1 or 2 extensions but I'd buy a couple more. Having different length extensions are invaluable for getting to hard to reach items, plus you can combine them together for a longer extension. Socket U-Joint Adapter: I never see these in socket sets and you will regret ...


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You will need to either reuse the bolts that attach the gearbox (transmission) to the engine, or if these are the wrong length buy some new bolts with the same thread pitch but at the correct length. You may need some washers too. As above, the stand will bolt to where the gearbox attaches to the engine. The part of the stand the engine actually bolts to is ...


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Torque wrenches are used for adjusting the specific tightness of nuts and bolts. They come with an adjustable torque setting which is usually in foot pounds (english) or Newton meters (metric). In automotive applications, most nuts/bolts will have a torque setting specified in the manual that when applied will give the exact amount of pressure needed to ...


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First, think of the possible failure modes: Spark plug is clogged with carbon or has an isolation error - it conducts current, but doesn't generate sparks, because the current flows through the carbon from electrode to electrode. Break inside the plug, e.g. broken / worn electrodes - plug doesn't conduct (and of course doesn't generate sparks) Cable has a ...


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I would suggest looking at the tools you plan to purchase for use with the compressor. Air tools will list what CFM @ X PSI they need to operate. That is the most important number, to make sure it can supply the air flow your tools need to run. Beyond that, horsepower and tank size are going to be how much money you are willing to spend. A larger tank ...


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If buying one of the pre-assembled sets is not an option, the following answers will assume you will keep your tools in some form of carry bag... You can begin by alienating all your sockets, and sorting them. Purchase a couple of socket rails, which can be had for cheap, and snap them on. Insert these into your bag. Next, alienate your wrenches and sort ...


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Being that I'm mostly done with the job, here are some additional tools that have come in handy, beyond what I originally mentioned: Adjustable (or large, maybe 1-inch) wrenches to grab the hex on the cams and lock in place to break the cam sprocket bolts. 17mm open-end wrench (other people say screwdriver, but the wrench works much better!) to wedge in ...


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No you really shouldn't be hitting your ratchet with a hammer. This has probably jammed the mechanism inside the ratchet head. With that said, I have done this many times. Most of the tools I use are Craftsman brand tools. While these are not the best tools, they are what I consider a good trade off between cost, quality, and warranty. If I were to break ...


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Following on from Bob and ManiacZX's answers: Screwdrivers A good assortment of screwdrivers are essential - including torx or hex bits if your car uses them. Some socket sets include screwdriver bits, which can be very useful. An old long-handled flat driver can often double up as an impromptu pry-bar too... Hammer Like the above, you'll probably ...


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Using a flare nut wrench (aka line wrench) should be used if it is calling for it. The reasoning for using a flare wrench over an open ended wrench is that you can grip all sides of the fitting just like you can with a box wrench but the opening at the end of the wrench allows you to slip over the connected hose/line unlike a box wrench. This allows you to ...


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Usually the bolts that strut braces attach to are the ones that attach the strut assembly to the car. The spring is held in place in the strut assembly by the nut in the middle, which I have never needed to remove to install any strut braces. See how the brace below has a hole in the middle for the top shock nut: This shock nut holds the upper spring ...


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The weight of the car will be sufficient to keep the spring from decompressing fully and pulling out the bottom of the strut frame in the car. You must be careful not to jack the car up without the bolts secured tightly though, this could produce a dangerous situation. Also if you are ever working on the 'southern' half of the spring, where it interacts ...


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No, you've got everything you'll need. A head gasket replacement isn't a job that requires lots of specialist equipment. It's mainly a set of wrenches (including a torque wrench) and something to scrape the old gasket off. But it's a long and tedious job. And I can't stress that last bit enough, especially if it's the first time you do it. If you want to ...


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Double checking your torque is never a bad thing. The only thing you lose is a half second of your time. Peace of mind is what it's all about. One of the reasons for doing this, though, might be when you are torquing, the fastener itself becomes slightly bound up, not giving a perfectly correct reading. By double clicking, you are allowing the fastener to ...


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If you feel you would like to get a new extinguisher, I'd just suggest you get one to replace the old one. Buy a bracket to hold it down and mount it some place where you have easy access. The reason I say this is because almost exclusively the fire extinguisher will not be used for your vehicle, but for someone else's vehicle. Will a 1kg extinguisher put ...


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I'm an amateur mechanic, and i'm wondering if i could use an electric impact driver in place of an air driven impact wrench. The short answer is yes, the portable electric impact wrench will work great. The Dewalt unit that you show in your picture is the one that I have and it works wonderfully. I wouldn't worry too much about the battery (other than ...


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I work at a manufacturing plant where we have a need to drive down connections with final torque values of 35 ft-lbs. For ergonomic reasons, we provide our employees with a "run-down" tool for getting the torque close, then they come behind it with a torque wrench (much like what you are doing). We've found that the electric impact tools have a better life ...


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In addition, (from the product description): Heavy-duty Socket Construction: ...drive impact sockets that feature a rugged, heavy-duty chrome vanadium steel construction with a corrosion-resistant black electroplate finish. These six-point, beveled-nose sockets lock onto drive tang for secure use. And they meet or exceed American National Standards ...


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You just hold the rubber ended bit against the plug hole whilst cranking the engine. No, it does not blow out of the hole due to pressure build up. This is how such a unit is designed to be used. The different designs of tube allow use on different designs of engines, choose the one which feels most appropriate to the vehicle you are testing.


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A motorcycle chain is made up of several parts. This diagram gives a great overview of what those parts are: As you can tell from the picture, the chain is made up of: Outer plates Inner plates Rollers Pins (or rivets) While these look like they were made to be just together, they are actually made to be taken apart if needed. The tool shown in your ...


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You can use this tool to get the job done. They are called Hose Clamp Pliers. This is not the right tool


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The drill bit has flutes (grooves in the sides). Try driving nails into both flutes, then grab with locking pliers and turn. Lubricate with penetrating oil first to help. On second thought- instead of nails, which are generally very soft steel, use tougher steel pins... the easiest of which to find is the shank of a dull drill bit, everyone has some dull ...


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If you have a welder. Weld a metal rod to the top of the drill bit at a 90 degree angle from the drill bit. You can then use the rod as a lever to turn out the drill bit in reverse. You may want to take a hammer and punch and hammer on the end of the drill bit a few times to loosen it. How much of that drill bit sticking out? IMO opinion, even if it a ...


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If you're looking for personal use and already have access to a laptop computer, I'd highly recommend getting a PC (or Mac, if that's what you have)-based one. You buy the hardware, generally for $100 or less (I recommend the units from ScanTool.net - the less expensive ones are fine). The biggest advantage is that you can start out with the free software ...


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I strongly support PetroEkos's suggestion of a tool bag. I'll go even further and suggest that you invest in a separate job bag: i.e., take some time before the task to reach into your (now nicely organized) selection of tools and make a good guess as to which tools you're definitely going to need. You usually won't get the inventory exactly right but ...


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This answer is one of those, Well, it all depends ... answers. All-in-all, I have heard good things about the newer electric impact devices. With improved battery life, they last a long time between charges and can produce reasonable amounts of torque. There are some considerations. The main thing you need to look at in these tools is what is the amount of ...



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