Name: [046] David Rawlinson
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How to select and use tools [ID:054] (1/5)

in series: Basic Car Maintenance

video tutorial by David Rawlinson, added 03/07

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You should select a tool appropriate and convenient for the job. Most problems encountered are due to seized, rusty bolts or screws. In serious cases the bolt or nut must be drilled out or cut open to permit removal. It is therefore important to select tools carefully to minimise the chance of rounding (damaging) a nut/bolt. Where possible a ring spanner or socket is the best choice.

When tightening bolts be careful not to overtighten - it's surprisinly easy, especially with aluminium bolts. Take especial care to avoid "cross-threading" where a bolt is tightened when not sitting straight. This can often be detected by the bolt becoming tight before the surfaces have mated (touched).

Remember: Anti-clockwise to undo, clockwise to tighten when looking down on a nut or bolt-head.

Tips for dealing with stuck nuts, bolts and screws:

  • Apply heavy downward force to ensure tool does not slip off/out, failure to do this is the most common cause of damage
  • Tap stuck threads (bolts) from one end with a hammer - sharp taps - to unstick
  • Heating (eg. with oxy torch) often loosens bolts on exhaust systems
  • Apply spray lubricant 12+ hrs. in advance e.g. WD40
  • Tap spanner/wrench with a hammer if you can't move it
  • Replace any damaged nuts/bolts/screws

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basic but usefull video


2. anonymous Wed, 05 Aug 2009 20:40

Hey just trying to learn basics on car maintainence


Video quality is excellent, but audio is faint- bad pickup, lot of ambient noise. Of course your conditions are more challenging than the rest of us in front of computers doing recordings!


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