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Needle nose vise grips with wide opening

Is there such a thing as needle-nose vise grips with a wide opening—wide enough to grab a 2-inch nut (approx) in a tight space? Yes, needle-nose vise grips can open wide, but it's the tips that open ...
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Hold a hitch ball nut in a tight space

I have a 1-7/8 hitch ball installed in the bumper of my 2010 Silverado 1500 for light towing. The hitch nut is located inside a tight area within the bumper. How can I hold/secure the nut so that the ...
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What is this part for my flare making jig/tool

Getting ready to soak my flare-making tool in some vinegar to clean up the rust. I have the clamp too but it's painted and does not need fixing. My question is: What is the thing I'm holding here used ...
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How do I use a gear puller to remove a sleeve on a steering shaft without it damaging the shaft?

On my steering column (Mk1 Golf/Rabbit) there is a spline adaptor sleeve. I need to remove this. Instructions I've found say to use a gear puller for this, but when I try the puller seems to "dig&...
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Is a click torque wrench more accurate in the middle or close to the top end of its range?

Given the choice between 10-to-150 lb.ft and 25-to-250 lb.ft click torque wrenches, which would you choose if you're only interested in tightening car wheel bolts to 88.5 lb.ft? The equivalent metric ...
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Is the tool to measure wire gauge called a wire gauge gauge?

The thickness of a cable is its gauge. Therefore, my question consists of inquiring whether the tool to measure it is called a gauge gauge?
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Tool for impacting screws — What is it called?

What is the name of this tool? Purpose: Hit it with a hammer to loosen a seized screw, etc. Source: YouTube channel "wtbm123": Can your screw driver do this, Weird Tools and my ratcheting ...
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Circlip removal when pliers are too large

I am used to larger sized circlips that have fully formed eye circles. Currently I am wrestling with a circlip that is smaller and does not have full eyes. It only has some protruded arms, and that is ...
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Bolt head type - 12 tip star?

I am changing my van's front seat and I found the bolt in the image. I don't seem to find what kind of head it is, nor what tool should I use for it. Since it has 12 "tips" I'm guessing a ...
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How do I remove this plate holder from the Ecosport? Drill, special tool or?

There are three bolt? -like fasteners. Looking at the photo, notice the three large indentations. Each large indentation has an unusual rivet ? like fastener Look at the close-ups to see the fasteners....
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Tools required for installing 2005 Malibu serpentine belt on side of road

The serpentine belt on my 2005 Malibu (3.5 L) has broken while driving on backcountry roads in Ontario. I'm going to get a replacement part from a local parts shop tomorrow, Sept 28, 2022. I will ...
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What would you recommend as a first specialty tool? [closed]

Been working on cars for about a year now. I have pretty much all the basics when it comes to hand tools: flex head ratchet, breaker bar, sockets, pliers, pry bars, combo wrenches, etc. Now I'm ...
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Torque wrench not clicking anticlockwise

I am replacing the rear dampers on my car and I wanted to use a brand new torque wrench to tighten the self locking nut to the damper shaft here : However, it is an anticlockwise tightening, so I ...
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What type of valve spring compressor tool do you use in a 2002 Ford Escape?

It'd be awesome if the engine had a name because I know other makes and models use the same engine. Anyhow I know OEMTOOLS 27040 doesn't fit because I tried it already. I was thinking of trying ARES ...
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Tap spin handle

This thread repair kit came with everything but a handle (T-grip) to set the tap into when driving it in. The tap itself is the second one from the left. The driver side of the tap seems to be 8 mm ...
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Cleaning up spilled loctite thread locking compound

I spilled locktite red 271 in my toolbox drawer. It's dried and is covering the plastic tray as well as some of the tools. Is there anything that will dissolve it?
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Is it possible to weld a broken 3/8 extension bar and reuse it?

I broke a 3/8 extension bar while I was undoing a bolt. It broke into 2 pieces (2 blue lines) from the red line I drew in the following picture: Is it possible to weld the 2 pieces together? Will it ...
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What type of tool has more strength? CR-V (Chrome Vanadium) or those black color tools?

Which of the following has more strength? CR-V (Chrome Vanadium) or those tools that are black colour! I don't know what they are made of! They are just black. Something like this: It isn't shiny ...
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The socket set that I bought has a security lock which I'm unable to open

I bought a socket set toolbox today and I'm trying to open it but it has some kind of a security lock on the box. I have attached photos of the security lock. Please help me open this box.
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Is this a non-puncturing refrigerant can?

I finished the job that inspired this question so that others might not have the same trouble, and Jupiter's comment on my answer got me to thinking, "Am I using the can wrong?" The only ...
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Will a paint gun with NPS threads work with an NPT air plug?

I'm researching paint guns and came across the DeVilbiss 802342 kit. I noticed though that it has 1/4" NPS threads, even though I've only ever seen NPT used for air plugs. A quick search ...
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What is a screw head with a circle and 3 lines called?

I have a 16 year old Ford Ikon car and that got a kind of weird screws all over (mainly at the bumber). Attached the image for reference. What is this type of screw is called? I don't find any screw ...
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Broken ankle, can't use kickstarter. How can I work on my dirt bike engine?

I'm working on a kickstart-only 1991 DR350 that doesn't run. Unfortunately I recently broke my right ankle so I'm not really able to use the kickstart lever, and there aren't any hills near my ...
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Tool requirements for moving rocker arms?

1994 Suzuki Katana 600. Manual says to pry the rocker arm aside "using a suitable tool" to get at the valve shims (unlike some other bikes where the procedure is to remove the camshafts). ...
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What range torque wrench for automotive work?

I have slowly started working on my own vehicles and have decided I need a good torque wrench. Looking online I find many options. But I am unsure what torque range I will need my wrench to cover. I ...
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is it OK to use multiple blades of a feeler gauge to measure a larger gap

This feels like a bit of a silly question because I don't see any reason why it won't work fine - but I wanted to get some experienced/pro feedback. I need to measure a gap of .035 inches, my feeler ...
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Are there any mechanic tools that resemble an ice pick?

A friend attended an an online lecture (unrelated to vehicle maintenance and repair) in which the instructor mentioned going into their mechanics toolbox to retrieve a tool that resembled an ice pick. ...
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Why do you need to use a flare nut wrench instead of the open part of a combination spanner?

When undoing some bolts eg clutch slave cylinder it seems a lot of people use a flare nut wrench since the open part allows you to get around say a pipe which a normal Socket would not do. However it ...
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how to connect pressure gauge to fuel line

2009 toyota corolla 1.8L How can I find connectors to tee in a pressure gauge to my fuel line? The fuel lines are pipes so it's not possible to cut one to tee in. Below are instructions from the ...
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Which end of the torx key should I be using?

I previously asked this question What type of screw is this, How to remove this screw? and somebody pointed out it was a t30 torx bit. Here is my t30. I notice both ends of the key are different as ...
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Does an axle nut require a "deep" socket?

I'm going to replace the front wheel bearing / hub assemblies on a Subaru. The axle nut should be 32 mm. Will a "deep" socket be needed? If its just a matter of the depth of bore of the hub ...
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What type of screw is this, How to remove this screw?

When trying to remove this screw I used a torx key set however it did not work. Mechanic thenused his own extension on a ratchet and it did work. From the comment in this answer How to ensure I am ...
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How to ensure I am buying an torx key for automotive repair?

I am assuming torx key and star tip key are the same thing. I bought a torx key set from leyland to undo some torx screws on car however they did not work. Mechanic then used a ratchet with torx ...
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Should I buy star tip extensions for my ratchet or just the Allen key type set?

I need to buy the tool to undo star tips. Should I buy the Allen key type star tip set or should I buy the extensions for my ratchet? Which is likely to be more convenient/useful, I imagine both ...
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identify tool found in a car

I recently bought a second-hand vehicule (Nissan x-trail 2007), and I found under the passenger seat the following tool, Initially the "jaws" were not linked, but they slided, and now they ...
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Torx wrenches T15 and T20

Is there anything between a T15 and a T20 torx that I can use. I have tried three sets and none of them worked. I have even tried using allen wrenches both metric and sae. Please help
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How to replace wheel bearing without any special tools?

I've never done a wheel bearing before. I would prefer to save the wheel hub if possible. I don't have a press but they look pretty simple to make so I thought I'd give it a try. Basically two steal u-...
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Is there any way to revive engraved initials on old tools to make them readable again? I'm battling a dishonest roommate!

My roommate is trying to claim some of my tools. My engraved initials are 25+ years old on some and can barely be seen. Some are my father's old Blue Point offset box wrenches from the 50's. Is there ...
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Can I use old engine oil to protect tools from rusting?

I'm not sure if the question is on-topic here, since it's about tools and not exactly mechanics, but if it's not I can move it to the appropriate SE! I have a power drill and used it once at work to ...
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Are there tools for fixing coil spring into its slots?

I am trying to change the timing belt on my Hyundai Accent, and it has a thick coil spring that pushes the tensioner towards the belt. It is relatively easy to remove it, but putting it back can be ...
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What type is this compressed air/pneumatic connector?

I need to build an adapter for this connector, however, I wasn't able to identify it. I measured it with a digital caliper. It doesn't seem to be a common connector, at least in Germany. Can you ...
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What socket fits the Catalytic-converter-to-Exhaust-manifold stud?

I'm trying to replace the exhaust manifold on my 2010 Chevrolet Equinox (2.4L 4-cylinder), and there are studs which connect the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold. I cannot, for the life of ...
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Does a digital torque adapter requires calibration?

I've been looking to buy a digital torque adapter to use with my wrench, as an alternative to a click torque wrench. I know that click torque wrenches requires calibration after ~1000 clicks or one ...
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Use a torque bar when removing rusted bolts, to prevent impact driver from breaking them?

Newbie, starting to work on my own cars, and I'd like to use air tools to save wear and tear on my wrists and arm muscles, and not aggravate back pain from a car accident years ago. There are many ...
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Impact wrench on spark plugs?

'07 Cobalt LS, vanilla 2.2 I may have to remove the (probably 10-year-old) spark plugs, which I suspect may be stuck. If so, I'm wondering if it would be prudent to hit them with an impact wrench ...
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Which is the Toyota specific toolset name in order to change head gasket on a ᴠᴠᴛ‑i engine?

My mechanic told me reassembling the cylinder‑head for a ᴠᴠᴛ‑i engine requires specific Toyota tools. His car part provider isn’t selling them, and as he is unable to use a computer or a mobile phone ...
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Which is better for bodywork repairs: Gasless MIG welder or Stick Welder?

I was planning on investing in a small welding machine. On the future, I intend to use it for car bodywork repairs, but for now I'll probably be practicing making small tools. For a number of reasons ...
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Tools for changing hydraulic hoses on Deutz 6250

I have a problem with the hydraulic coupling on the auxiliary hydraulics on my tractor. There are 4 lines that connect in a very small area. The required 26 mm 1 1/16" wrench can't turn the ...
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Design logic of the oil dispensing can's extra long spout which has no nozzle plug?

The images I'm referring to are shown below: At a Hero Honda service center, I saw the mechanic using an oil can like the one in Figure 1. A cousin also said he used a similar one, so I purchased it ...
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Can hand wrenches and sockets be cleaned in a sonic cleaner?

Since tools are a big part of motor vehicle repair I've run across some old hand wrenches and sockets that have rust on them and I'd like to keep them but wanted them cleaned. I was curious, due to ...
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