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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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No, it won't reduce the torque. Torque is equivalent to radius x force. As long as A, the force is applied at the same distance from the nut/bolt that you're tightening and B, it's applied in the same direction then you'll be applying the same torque. An adapter (especially so short) shouldn't have a noticeable effect on the direction that you're applying ...


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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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Use an old towel underneath the ramp, such that your vehicle runs onto the towel first ramp |¯¯¯\ |____\ towel Owheel ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ This is possibly the cheapest, simplest & least destructive method (as long as you don't mind your towel maybe getting small holes in it.) Old towels make the best general purpose rags. edit: if the towel still slips once ...


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Duct Tape. Of course. Take a piece of duct tape and tape it to the lip of the ramp. Run it out 12 inches/30cm and then fold it over and run it back to the ramp. Stick this on the backside of the ramp. As you roll up on the ramp, the tape will be trapped underneath your tire and the ramp will be unable to slide away.


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Threaded Inserts in your concrete I have placed various threaded interference inserts in my garage/shop floor. I've put them in locations where they will be useful to tie down a motorcycle or to have a bolt just sticking out of the cement to prevent something like this from sliding. I've used various diameters of insert. I can use them for a variety of ...


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There are many leak down testers on the market. You can actually make your own with some hardware store parts and a fish tank. Operation of "most" leak down testers The procedure of operation depends on whether or not you have the cylinder head attached to the engine block or not. If the head is attached, your leak down tester should have an attachment ...


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The problem is you are over taxing the power strip. You need to power your compressor directly from the wall socket, or on an extension cord which can handle 15A or more (12 gauge or better below 50' length). Your compressor is rated at 14A, which usually means running Amps. When it first starts it will draw more amperage. When the tank is empty, it draws ...


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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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1. How do I operate a leak down tester? Directions differ depending on whether it's a one gage or two gage system. It basically gets down pulling a spark plug, getting that piston to Top Dead Center (TDC), threading the tester into the spark plug hole, hooking up compressed air (at a minimum pressure), bringing the cylinder pressure up to a set amount, and ...


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A tap and die set allows one to create threads for bolts and screws. A tap wrench is used in conjunction with a tap (that looks like a drillto create internal (female) threads in metal sheets or blocks, for screws and bolts to fasten onto. The choice of tap will govern the diameter and pitch of the resultant internal thread. A die stock is used in ...


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To add to Paulster and Zaid's answers: Make sure the tool you are using is hard enough for the metal you are trying to work. There are cheap sets out there that will only work on nonferrous metal and will be instantly ruined even by use on mild steel. Don't waste money on such a set. Decide if the hardest material you will cut will be mild steel or ...


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This is a good recommendation The wood will compress a bit when you lower your car down onto it. The jack stand will dig into the wood as well. The benefits related to this related to the vehicle slipping on the jack stands. I've never had a piece of wood fail doing this, although soft white pine sometimes comes out looking pretty beat up. To answer ...


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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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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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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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One way would be to use the non-slip padding they make for kitchen shelves. Put a square of that down, and put a slightly smaller 3/4in plywood square on top of it. Then the ramp on top of the plywood. The rubber sheet prevents the slide, and the feet of the ramp dig just enough in the wood to prevent it from moving.


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Being as it's only 0.05mm larger in diameter, you shouldn't have a problem unless you're using that socket on a rattle-gun every day. If it's a 6-point socket, the wear on the nut should be minimal (12-point sockets have more of a chance at 'rounding' the nut). Ideally, however, you should go down to the shop and spend two dollars on the correct sized ...


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The main things I've always heard/done. Always unwind before storing. This helps to keep stress off the springs. If you leave it wound up, the springs can get weak and give inaccurate torque readings. Don't go past the click. Once it clicks, don't turn it further. Can't remember why you shouldn't do this (aside from over-torquing). I always try to ...


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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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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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If you dont want the screw to fall off the screwdriver when you are putting a screw into a difficult place the a magnetic screwdriver is useful.I find that it works well on small screws like M3 phillips .If you are undoing a screw then the screw stays attached to the srcewdriver greatly reducing the likelyhood of loosing the screw. I magnetise my ...


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A tap and die set are tools used to cut (ie: create) threads in metal as well as cleaning up already exiting threads. A typical tap and die set will look something like this: The set will come in SAE or Metric, covering both fine and coarse thread pitches. There are three basic items to be found in the set. The tap (long straight pieces) which are used to ...


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This is quite easy, but you need to do yourself a favor and get a factory wiring diagram. It will save you hours of frustration and confusion. The factory wiring diagrams will tell you exactly when the circuits are active and when they aren't. On top of that they will tell you the colors and sometimes the current flow. You really don't want to hook up a ...


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If you have to start somewhere and need a complete set to do your job, having the 1/2" drive go down to the 8mm size helps you to do this without having to buy the smaller set. If you can get the complete job done with a single set of sockets, you won't need to get the 3/8" and 1/4" drive sets yet. When working professionally, having the different sized ...


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That would be correct. There should be no issue of using the impact with the wheel off the ground. You are exactly right in that the tire should be on the ground when using a breaker bar or tire iron. The reason for this, besides the wheel spinning and you never getting the lug loosened, is because you could torque the car over and cause it to fall off of ...


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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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