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Questions tagged [tools]

Tools used to repair motor vehicles. Avoid shopping questions.

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How to make small movement of malfunctioning vehicle in confined space?

I got a van with a malfunctioning transmission/transaxle. It behaves like in neutral no matter what I put it on, so I can't drive it. I want to move it to a house garage, but to enter that garage it ...
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Best Tools for Cleaning Small Rust Spots?

The car has chipped paint and surface rust less than an inch in diameter. Normally I would sand this with sandpaper by hand. However, that's time consuming and tends to be very difficult for small ...
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For the '03 Audi A8 3.7 V8, can you retract the rear calipers without the need for dealer tools/software?

As far as I can see, if I understand it correctly, you need special equipment to replace the rear pads on many Audi's. Otherwise you won't be able to retract the rear calipers. Is this also true for ...
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What wrench sizes are needed to maintain a Skyteam ST-50 monkey bike

I've made the nutty decision to ride a tiny motorcycle across a foreign country and I'm trying to get a tool kit together. The bike is a Honda Z-50 mini-trail knock off called a Skyteam ST-50 (aka ...
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Does the snap-on ct350 impact wrench have an electric brake?

Such as described in this video: https://youtu.be/u3tl2CEEUTI?t=318 Basically I need to know if it'll stop immediately when I let off the trigger or if it'll keep going like an air or corded impact. ...
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Can I use Ceramic Extreme Lubricant as I would Aluminum/Nickel Anti-Seize?

I would like to buy a tub of Anti-Seize. I'd like to make sure that it's has a wide possibility of uses. I already have a tub/bottle of Permatex 24125 Ceramic Extreme Brake Parts Lubricant. Can this ...
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Why is sanding small car rust with “Dremel” superior to sanding with a drill?

In recommendations for sanding, one reads that a Dremel tool should be used. This appears to be a recommendation for a particular brand, rather than for a particular RPM, or torque. Is a Dremel tool ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now? [closed]

In a Question on outdoors.SE with the above title, gerrit's answer suggests "bring spare car parts to cover common faults". Aside from tire repair, fluids, fuses, wheelnuts, belts and hoses, what ...
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Just the straight facts; nothing edgy

In this question I asked about tolerances for straight edges. For this I have a followup question about length. If I want to purchase a straight edge, I only want to purchase one straight edge which ...
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What can be tested with a smoke tester?

I'm curious what all the distinct and separate compartments that can be tested with a smoke tester. So far I've heard of... Intake EVAP Exhaust Combustion Chamber (when valve cover is removed) Does ...
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Is it safe to use a hydraulic jack as a stand? If not, why?

"If a jack can lift a load, surely it can withstand the load for extended periods of time?!" I've come across some conflicting ideas regarding this subject: The user guide for my low-profile ...
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How much torque can flexible shafts transmit?

I came across some hard to reach nuts and bolts on my car today, it took me really long to get them out. I am wondering if it is possible to use a flexible shaft for such things. The question is how ...
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Machinist Straight Edge Tolerance

I want to purchase a straight edge which I can use to measure the flatness of heads & blocks and other such nifty things. My question is, what is considered a good tolerance for a straight edge? ...
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What type of crimping pliers do I need for these connectors

I have to run some cables in the bumper and I want to use waterproof connectors housing. The problem is that I don't have any crimping pliers and I don't know what type should I buy for this type of ...
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How to setup the car so that while driving I do not have mist glass?

I have a second hand car with an old slider to switch from left to right, with the same icons 1, 2 as in the picture below. But I do not understand it well. Often when I am driving, my car windows ...
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How do you remove a lock ring if there is no place to squeeze it?

This lock ring holds an overdrive piston in place. I have a set of lock ring pliers but there is nothing to grab onto. There is a gap in the ring but all I can figure out how to do there is expand the ...
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I'm a DIY motorbike mechanic- want to become a DIY car mechanic

I have all the tools required to work on my motorbikes at home. Full abba stands, 4T axle stands, a 4T jack, comprehensive spanner + socket set, oil/fuel pressure gauges, screwdrivers, grinders, ...
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non hardening thread compound

I have a situation where I need something on a bolt threads to hold it in place but need to adjust this bold occasionally, something to just hold it firm. the bolt is a bolt adjuster and and is never ...
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How to test start a vehicle repeatedly

I am trying to restore an old car. It is not currently running, but i am going through the different options to diagnose it. My problem is that my battery goes flat quickly. I try fixing something, ...
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The purpose of this steel ball on the hex key of my drill attachment

I got this right angle attachment for my drill. On it's hex key, there is a steel ball. What is it's purpose? As I can't find a hex bit that has a hole for this ball to lock into -- though I can find ...
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Which is longer lasting HSS-E or HSS coated wth TiN?

I'm just gonna purchase taps and dies for my most commonly used metric screws. I want them to last for as long as they can (not that they will be used so often, I just want them like that). I also ...
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Is there a difference between a cylinder compression gauge and an oil pressure gauge?

I thought they were the same with potential difference being the fittings, but in my Haynes manual they are listed and shown as two different tools.
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Problem installing rivet nuts

I'm trying to install aluminum rivet nuts for some 8-32 hex screws. I don't have the special tool so I'm trying to do it with a nut and 2 wrenches. The problem I'm having is that the screws keep ...
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Do I need any special tools to replace a ball joint that appears to be able 'bolt on'?

Every ball joint replacement instructional video or website I've looked up online indicates that to remove the ball joint you must use a special tool to pop the ball out of the socket. When ordering ...
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What types of bits are needed to work on a modern car?

As I've started working on cars made during this century, I've started noticing that bits other than standard philips and flat head are being used. For instance, I needed an 8mm hex bit ( allen ...
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Why a two-lever valve spring compressor?

I just purchased a valve spring compressor that has a lever on both ends, similar to this one: What is not clear to me is the advantage of having this two-lever setup. What does it have over the ...
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What other hacks exist to disconnect a “quick-connect”-style fuel line?

I'm in the process of preparing my Lumina's engine and transmission for extraction (progress here). This 3/8" GM fuel rail is supplied by a flex hose with a "quick-connect" connector. If only it ...
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Remove broken spark plug threads [duplicate]

So somehow, one of the spark plugs popped out while I was driving along. The thread snapped from the bolt and is now stuck. Is there a way to get the thread out without damaging the engine? Bare in ...
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Stamping hand tools with initial

I have many hand tools that are hardened steel or chrome vanadium. I'd like to mark them with my last initial for easy identification when friends come over and vomit their own similar tools out all ...
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How does a timing light detect the electricity in the plug wire?

I assume that a timing light functions by some kind of inductive pickup and the signal is amplified by power from the battery and turned into a flash at the bulb. But I was wondering, is it picking ...
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Why do dealers want their technicians to use True RMS multi meters?

Dealers, particularly for General Motors want their technicians to use True RMS multi meters such as the FLUKE 87V. There are other meters made by FLUKE such as the 88V, which is an "Automotive ...
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Can lug nuts be tightened with a powered non-impact driver plus torque wrench?

I understand that lug nuts should not be tightened with an impact wrench because of the risk of over-torquing. Could a lug nut be tightened most of the way with a powered non-impact driver and then ...
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Digital torque adapters minimum setting

I'm considering purchasing a digital torque adapter, so I can measure torque with my current ratchet wrenches. I find it curious that almost all the adapters have a minimum setting of around the 20 ft/...
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25Nm vs 28Nm - How accurate should a torque wrench be?

I am soon doing a coolant change on my car, including draining the coolant from the block using the drain plug, and I have heard of a few people apparently snapping these off due to over torquing them,...
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angle grinder versus sawzall

Which would be better to cut off some rusted nuts and bolts on my truck--an angle grinder or a sawzall? I'm trying to remove the gas tank from a 1970 Land Rover. It's underneath and I need to reach ...
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How to interpret torque spec ranges?

In the work shop manuals I've seen they tend to gives torque spec ranges such as 14 to 18 ft-lbs ( water pump bolts ) or 66 to 86 ft-lbs ( wheel lug nuts ). In general, is any value in that range ...
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Torx vs. Star Fasteners

I was looking for some Torx head fasteners and found some that claim to have "star" heads. They look like Torx heads… Are they the same? Has it really been long enough for the Torx patents to run ...
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Basic Automotive Maintenance Repair - Compiling a Toolset

I am looking into getting more serious about doing my own automotive repair and maintenance, and am working toward gathering the appropriate tools. However, I am admittedly can be a bit of an ...
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What emergency gear and tools should I keep in my vehicle?

Apart from the mandatory emergency gear that should be in cars (early warning devices, fire extinguishers, visibility vest, first aid kit) what other tools should I get? Flashlight Gas Container ...
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Torque wrench not clicking

My torque wrench stopped clicking when it reached the torque set. Does that mean it needs to be recalibrated or it is broken for good? The torque I was trying to set was pretty regular, something ...
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What tools are needed for a mechanic in Scotland

I am a Canadian automotive mechanic moving to Scotland to work, and I am in the process of deciding what to ship over (by boat). Just wondering what standard of tool is needed. I have both metric ...
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How can I remove perfectly round locking wheel lugs? What tool can I use?

So of course, I seem to have lost the key to my locking lug nuts. I'd like to be proactive about the situation and remedy it before I have a flat on the side of the road. I've read several guides that ...
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Spring tensioner safety

I recently ordered this tool kit at an extremely reduced price. While I am confident about the general quality of those tools I am quite reserved about the spring tensioner included in the kit. In ...
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What does this BRP factory manual mean by “fiber hammer”?

I'm gearing up to do some maintenance on a BRP watercraft and I came across this statement in the factory manual: "3. Using a fiber hammer, gently tap impeller cover to help release it from the jet ...
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Identifying right socket size

How do I know what socket set to buy to do some repairs? In my case it is 2003 Toyota Camry and I need to do the following tasks: Replace mirror Reattach front bumper cover While a direct answer is ...
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Torque wrench or impact gun on large bolts

For very large bolts (example: axle nut) I often see mechanics just use an impact wrench, typically they let it "rattle" a certain time and then they consider the bolt tightened. Is this also common/...
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10mm allen wrench is too small 11mm is too big

A part on my recently purchased suspension called for a 10mm allen wrench in the instructions. Despite the allen key seeming to be too small, I tried it anyways and of course sheared the inside of the ...
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Why would I want to measure torque while loosening a bolt or nut?

An answer to a question asking about torque wrench maintenance mentions to not use a particular kind of torque wrench for loosening bolts. This got me thinking. I would think it'd be preferable to ...
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Impact Wrench Mystery – breaks loose axle nut, but can't undo wheel lugs…

I think there must be something I don't understand about impact wrenches. After snapping a half-inch breaker bar (with a cheater) while trying to remove the axle nut, I decided that an impact wrench ...
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Is each turn with a beam torque wrench additive?

If I need to turn a bolt to 50 ft-lb with a beam torque wrench, and I turn it until the needle points to 20, then I need to stop applying pressure for some reason. Do I just apply another 30 ft-lb ...