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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 covering ...


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There is no such thing as "absolutely, perfectly, 100% safe." Each tool has its proper and improper uses, and each works either in parallel with other tools to increase safety and dependability, or in series with other tools ultimately reducing safety and reliability. Will a hydraulic jack hold up a car safely? That depends on the level of risk you're ...


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Sometimes you want to measure breakaway torque. This can tell you if a fastener has started to loosen due to vibration, or was over-torqued and the bolt/stud may have stretched or weakened, or the fastener was cross-threaded and need to be replaced. Note that breakaway torque values will often be higher than the stated torque spec, as the breakaway torque ...


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TL DR: Nope, I'd say not. When I was a young man, my Dad always told me, "Use the tool which is designed for the job." For instance, if you are trying to remove a bolt out of your suspension holding an A-Arm, you wouldn't use a body hammer to move it out, you'd use something with a little more heft, like a 5lb sledge or something similar. I'm sure if you ...


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Aside from what you mentioned, I always carry: Portable air compressor (12v) Small tool set (common wrenches, screwdriver, grips, electrical tape and zip ties). A good flashlight Spare cellphone charger (both DC and AC if car does not have USB plug) List with emergency contacts in glove box. Rope in case I need to be removed from a ditch or towed (happens ...


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In a word: NO! Please do not use an impact wrench on these. You run the distinct chance of stripping out all of the threads in the head, which will cause a huge nightmare for you having to have threads replaced (Heli-coil or the like). Just use a socket/ratchet and you'll be fine.


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To answer your question directly, this is a "standard practice" but a VERY poor one. Getting the correct torque is by far more important than getting it done quickly. With the axle nut it is imperative you tighten it to the correct spec. If you tighten it too tight, the wheel bearing will self destruct within a few hundred miles. Using an impact gun can ...


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Flare nut spanners are designed to spread the load on the soft flare nuts. Ordinary nuts are made of a harder material. If you use the wrong spanner and round the flare nut off then you create more work for yourself - but that may be a useful learning experience... Oh, just by the way there are some special sockets available with side cut outs... usually in «...


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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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If that would be possible, every 3-year old could fasten the bolt. He just has to try 100 times with 0.5lb-ft. You have to apply the full 50lb-ft, regardless of the torque applied before!


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No, I thought it could as well. One time I had a Corolla up in the air while I battled with a speedometer cable (which meant I was going in from the top of the car, underneath, and through the wheel arch). I walked away from the car to get a spanner, I came back and I was looking at where to remove a bolt. I then noticed the car was very low down. The jack ...


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An open-ended spanner only engages on two faces of the nut. As you can see in the picture below, the inside of the spanner slot is not shaped to engage with the nut. Open-ended spanners are used where the only possible access to the nut is pushing it across the faces of the nut. The "play" between the spanner and the nut means that the spanner ...


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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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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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To my knowledge the difference is down to the material used Impact sockets look black because the surface is carbonized (aka drop-forged) in order to harden the surface. The surface-hardening enables impact sockets to absorb sudden torque changes (aka "impact") better. With high enough impact, a regular socket may warp out of shape because the steel used ...


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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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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 use two part spring compressors like you show here on a regular basis.* I think you'll be fine but there are some good things to watch out for. Watch out for the threads. If the compressing clamps jump threads, the spring could suddenly express a lot of its potential energy. With McPherson struts, it's entirely possible to catch a finger between 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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NO, and I don’t understand why you don’t refer to standard workshop practise which is to lift the vehicle and then put proper stands under it. Sadly there are too many accidents of either vehicles or tipper trailers falling due to the failure of hydraulics and injuring or killing people. Don’t rely on hydraulics to keep the mass in the air: stands or ...


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Basic Functionality Image In order to illustrate a typical Multimeter The Multimeter is specifically a multifunction tool. By definition it combines several, well defined instruments and multiplexes the controls for simplicity. Inputs Majority of Multimeters will have 3 input terminals. Typically you will only use COM and V/mA/Ohm input (often Black and Red ...


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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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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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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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Would I be right an assuming your car is equipped with alloy wheels? Also, have the wheel bolts been fitted with a small smear of grease? It sounds like the wheel bolts are reacting in a "springy" way to the forces of the impact wrench. It may be that they're butted up tightly against the softer metal of an alloy wheel or they're in the threads with a ...


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Neither. Just get a 1m long bar (by extending a breaker or similar), stick it on the nut so that it is horizontal and simply hang 250N of mass at the end of it: (*) 250N = 56.2 lbs = 25.5 Kg 250N * 1m = 250Nm Rinse and repeat until it hangs and doesn't tighten the nut anymore. The trick is to keep the bar horizontal, you'll likely need a 12-point socket ...


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There are sockets designed specifically for this job. Here is an example of one; they have a reverse thread on them and are made of hardened material so as you turn them anti-clockwise, they tighten themselves over the locked wheel nut until they are fully tight and the nut begins to loosen. They are made by most tool manufacturers and available from most ...


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To be a little more pragmatic than the other suggestions... what classifies as an emergency can be subjective. To me the emergencies I have experienced in a motor vehicle typically come in the form of flat/blown tire or running out of gas. Because of those experiences I keep the following in my car at all times: Tire Changes Small Sledge Hammer- if you ...


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"Torx" is a trademark, i.e. a name for a company and can be renewed indefinitely. The Torx design used to have a patent that expired in 1990. After the Torx patent expired, ISO 10664 was created that described the Torx design. "Torx Plus" is also a trademark. The Torx Plus design was developed to handle more torque and that design is under a patent ...


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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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