ITT, extremely invaluable tools that you CANNOT fix a car without.
Pic related. It's a really tiny socket wrench basically, which makes it invaluable for removing nuts and bolts in very tight, hard to reach places. I've used it so many times where nothing else could fit.
>invaluable for removing nuts and bolts in very tight, hard to reach places
pic related OP
>very tight hard to reach area
>not a lot of wiggle room
>have to continually lift wrench off the nut, put it back on, move 1/4in, lift it off, put it back on, etc
>not just having a socket wrench and just moving it back and forth for victory
I'm a motorcycle mechanic. This is the flash light that everyone has right now. In the 90s it was the silver energizer bulb end light. These things are 80 lumins and cost around 25$ I use mine every single day. I put some Ikea rechargeable batteries in it for like 10$ and it does bring the brightness down a touch but when you are trying to look through a tiny hole on an aluminium block that is reflecting it all back it might be too bright with a fresh set of alkalines.
its literally the only option you have sometimes. Unless you wanna throw down on a set like this
Assembly of a vehicle requires great peace of mind
I fucking hate that book. I'm a motorcycle mechanic and I'm sick of being asked if I've read it. I started it. It's not bad. not my taste but not bad. But now I hate it. Peace of mind is great but you don't need it to work on a machine. My grandfather was a mean drunk/ww2 pow who rebuilt cars in the 10'x10' shed next to his trailer home. He didn't not have peace.
This is the light from the 90's I was talking about. A lot of old school mechanics will still have this one.
>Peace of mind is great but you don't need it to work on a machine.
depends on whether or not you want to avoid simple mistakes and have to go back and fix something later, or worse damage things or snap bolts.
I agree that different types of people can be good at mechanic work.
I think the reason this book is becoming more popular is because of all the stupid cafe racer hipsters.
Wobblys save so much time.
Ratcheting wrench set
If you cant take a car apart with that, dont be a mechanic.
>In b4 fords wonky ass fuel line collars and water pump spanner wrenches
odb2 is a bitch nigger.
I can poke things to see if they're moving when they shouldn't be, or not moving when they should be.
I can touch it to something and put my ear to it to isolate sound
I can poke someone to get their attention and ask their opinion on something
I can wedge it between two things (like the seat and a pedal) to keep them in place
I can scratch my back with it
I can use it to mix things that need mixing
Some times I have to work like MacGyver
Heh, have you rebuilt an engine before? Have you heard of the magic of loosening with oil?
>have you rebuilt an engine before?
yes. I've rebuild an old tree fiddy cheby, and a few miata 1.6s and 1.8s.
using a ratchet as a breaker bar is a great way to destroy your ratchet.
I had a habit of doing that shit with plastic. At least I did not do that with metal, holy shit.
Not that I can't do without them, but I'd much rather not cause it makes so many things easier. Like things you would have to do with your fingers
>have to continually lift wrench off the nut, put it back on, move 1/4in, lift it off, put it back on, etc
Yes, it gets very tiring but you just have to do it you lazy faggot
Look how fukken wide the gap is between the internal and external diameter there's not many places that would fit
>using a ratchet as a breaker bar is a great way to destroy your ratchet.
It's not good form but a good ratchet will stand up to a lot of abuse and most of them have lifetime warranties anyway.
Pic related, my most used ratchets. I use the extendable 1/2" one as breaker bar then shorten it and ratchet like normal. The double flex ratchet is 3/8" and just as useful as it looks although the head is not as slim as other ratchets. The best part is both of them have 72 tooth mechanisms. I've had them for 4 years now and no issues at all.
Times I've thrown a 4' pipe on my ratchet and curb stomped it: many
Times it blew apart: none
Times I gave a fuck because I could go to the store and get a new one for free: never
Now I have had to go get free replacements for a few things that went to pieces, but they typically take the abuse in stride, which is why I keep giving them my money.
Anybody have experience with gearwrench 84 tooth ratchets?
My dad has one of they're 84 tooth 1/4" drive ratchets. It's fucking awesome in tight spaces. As with most any ratchet though, make sure to grease it with some lithium or moly paste. Many of them leave the factory dry.
Not the flex head ones but supposedly they're really easy to rebuild. I started using a gearwrench set because of the "side drive" sockets. Haven't stripped a single bolt in months of using it at work.
>Going to the store
>not getting a snap on truck to bring you one
One time, my boss stabbed himself in the hand while using a gasket scraper. In a fit of rage, he used a lead mallot on it and beat the ever living shit out of it until it broke. He got a new one, free of chargr
I had one of those telescoping magnets and completely ripped the head off in a fit of barbarism.
I felt so bad about it, and they shouldn't have given me a new one, but I was poor at the time and went down the store and the manager kid went and gave me a new one for free. They scratched my back, I'll scratch theirs.
Dammit, see that's how a telescoping magnet should be made. Not this bullshit poindexter pencil shit.
>tfw your favorite shop has a grunt named poindexter who always gets told to rebalance your tires.
> Set of picks
> Car Ramps
> Knipex pliers
> Cheap Crapsman or harbor freight socket and wrenches for modifying
> Magnetic Pickup tool
> Back up magnetic pickup tool
> Mechanical fingers
> Bluepoint rechargeable hood light bar
> Roll Cart w/ work surface
> Magnetic screw trays
Mfw I'm an aircraft mechanic and all my tools are imperial so I can't use them on my car or bike
pretty much everyone uses led lenser P7's where I work.
I'd seriously recommend them
vice grips, magnetic pickup tools and these little craftsman ignition/midget spanners if you have use for imperial
ratchet ring spanners are forever
Being able to use a hammer to turn screws = worth its weight in gold.
This for anything suspension related in the rust belt states.
>inb4 just use a 1/2 ratchet
Do you want a broken ratchet? Because that's how we get broken ratchets.
For me, socket rails/trays, wrench stacking rails and pliers organizer.
I can't justify spending more money on my tools than my cars. I have a craftsman set of 1/4in 3/8in and 1/2in sockets and ratchets. I've had it for six years and used it for every car my family owned. I have yet to break a ratchet and crack a socket.
I said this before and I'll say it again. Snap-on is Gucci for technicians.
>but muh hassle free lifetime warranty
Most brands offer same warranty as snap on anyway.
The most expensive tool retailer I'm willing to buy from is Grey Pneumatic.
Almost every time i do some work on my car/ bike i wish i had one of these.
Also a small torch is pretty vital most of the time, especially if your garage lighting sucks like mine.
its a "impact" for manual use, does the same action of an impact gun but with your own brute force, works well on screws do to it preventing stripping by forcing it in and turning instead of turning alone.
Put a 3/8" socket with a bit of the right type on the end, and turn in the direction you want the screw to go. Bang on the back end of the impact driver with a hammer, and it will convert the energy of the hammer into rotational energy that will "shock" the screw loose (or tight). It's never failed if I haven't inadvertently stripped the screw first.
Tool manufacturers like Snap-On, Proto, MAC, Matco, S&K, et cetera are better for several reasons that you may not care for:
Better metal and forging methods, so the tools can be made stronger and thinner, for getting into tight spaces. Compare the cross-section of various brand wrench handles and the thickness of the ends (especially the box end). Chinese ones are thickest, Snap-On has some of the thinnest.
Vastly superior pneumatic tools, impact-rated sockets and driver bits. If you are using 3/4" or even 1/2" drive air wrench you don't want to use a hand tool socket.
Service directly to your shop, just call up the van.
You will be able to use the warranty even if you are doing professional work. If you walk into a Sears with a mechanic's jumpsuit on, chances are you won't be able to get that Craftsman tool replaced.
nobodies mentioned vise grips? shit mane If you do even a little work on cars from time to time you're gonna need vise grips!
here's mine minus 1/2 impact and bodywork stuff
I think we have the exact same pliers.
>tfw live in apartment
>have a shed locker thing
>every time I need to do something to the car I have to haul all the tools down
>can't go inside for a piss or anything for fear of people/kids messing with my car while jacked up
>have to squeeze between other peoples cars and lie on uneven tarmac with glass shards everywhere
>every cunt who walks past says 'hurr car trouble? HEHEHEH'
>breaker bar and pipe
>dead blow hammer
>mini bolt cutters
>all the shit HF gives out for free (except maybe the tape measure)
a good hammer is one of the few tools that really can't be replaced or substituted
agreed though some problems call for Rye on the rocks.
This. using a breaker bar doesn't have shit to do with how strong you are, and if you decide to foolishly use a ratchet as a breaker bar, it WILL damage it.
That being said, just use an impact, makes those frustrating stuck bolts into sobbing little bitches. good feels
these little babies too
Sometimes I use this long-handled coarse-tooth flex-head Snap-On ratchet as a breaker bar. Why else put a longer handle on it?
mine has come in handy on more than one occasion even though it is just cheep Mastercraft shit. Canadian tire tools were so much better when they were made in the US, now they are bullshit made in China
the big difference is that a real breaker bar is capable of being extended (by say a pipe) without breaking.
with a ratchet I can't really see them designing it where it's length would be anywhere near enough to give you enough strength to actually break it. (unless you're he-man or you're standing on it like a fuckwit)
Pleb shit. Step up, son.
Can't do shit without these. The original power tools.
Jesus I remember when I first started trying to do car stuff and I was a skinny computer geek with no muscle at all. I tried to change some brake pads and couldn't even undo the caliper bolts. A year of going to the gym really did me some good.
Rear upper shock mounts?
Use a pair of vise grips on the top of the post with a ratchet wrench on the nut.
Any tool company should have a set of shock post sockets, to hold the post while turning the nut.
Also, use better shocks next time. Sensa-tracs have a nut welded to the post closer to the body of the shock that holds it in place.
If you have any questions at all about working on Panthers, I'm your huckleberry.
>tfw can barely crack tranny bolts
Nothing a cheater bar can't fix. What sucks is I threw my shoulder out a few years ago, I have barely been able to use my right arm up until this past spring. Feels bad, I don't even know where to start to regain what I had.
>>but muh hassle free lifetime warranty
the reason shops use snap on is because shops use their tools more than you, and break them more. Instead of stopping what they're doing to run to the store and try to exchange the tool, they just have the snap on truck right there.
ok so i'll give you guys a little insight on the whole craftsman/lifetime warranty for professional use because i work at sears in the tools department. this is mostly for the one i work at. i wont say which one but its in the SoCal region.
I have multiple people come by with jumpsuits or flat out stating that they need it to complete their job and none of us really care. neither do the managers. i know its stated that we're not supposed to give it to them, but once again, no one really cares. but since it matters by place, your best bet would be to just go casual and thats it since i am sure it varies by location.
now on the whole "which one is better" debate, there really isnt one. ive had people come in tell me how they prefer some tools from craftsman and for some they prefer from proto/snap on(these get mentioned the most). some even come in and tell me how theyre surprised how the chinese shit surprisingly works well.
and there are actual sockets and ratchets that are sold and made of us metal. especially for the wrenches. they usually are USA made, but you just got to read around the packaging and in the wrench.
also when it comes to ratchets and you got the usa ones that can still be repaired, all we do is fix the mechanism inside. they have 2 mechanisms. they have a usa one and an "asian" one. so if you got a usa ratchet that can be repaired, youre still in luck and wont have to go to the asians one. whats most important is that the person thats going to fix your ratchet actually knows how to fix em. usually when someone comes by where i work at, my co workers direct em to me because i know how to place the mechanism correctly and put the correct amount of oil. if anything is slightly altered, the life span of the mechanism heavily drops.
so in case one of you guys uses their ratchets, just pay attention to that. usually they'll try to give you a refurbished one, but you can refuse it. you can tell them you want a brand new one and we have to give it to you.
actually am going on a 3rd post now
Knocks hours off of wrenching time.
when it comes to sockets, they usually have a very, very different lifespan. for some people they last years, for others a good amount of months and others just like 1 month. it varies because honestly some people dont know how to use sockets whatsoever. i hear stories of people using em as impact sockets and all sorts of shit.
sockets are still usa made metal, but the thing is that theyre pre-cut. as in the metal is a bit thinner, but still good metal. not as good as snap on sockets but good nonetheless.
it honestly just varies. for example my dad loves his grey pneumatic tools so much but he always carries his craftsman universal ratchets around with him because hes had it since it came out and it still hasnt crapped out on him. he abuses the shit out of it when him and i go to the junkyard and when hes working as well.
so just be on the look out to get the american ones and youre good.
the screwdrivers though are a godsend. those things are really good.
Die grinders. Whether cleaning, shaping or cutting metal they make shit jobs much easier.
They can also be used to drive pumps..
I have a rachet breaker bar. deal with it
This tool may not look like much, but if you do any engine rebuilding on a pretty large scale its invaluable. I cannot tell you how much time ive saved by buying this.
shortblock work is a bitch too, but i enjoyed headwork and seeing all of the valves in symphony.
What is this, and what does it do?
a universal combination slide hammer and valve stem seal remover tool. Its incredibly helpfull in those hard to reach places like the honda b16 heads and toyota truck v6 heads. Pretty much anything with a bucket lifter this tool is a godsend.