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It’s Wrenching Wednesday! Let’s Talk About Knowledge You Earned The Hard Way

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Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 year ago

The little fork-thingy that engages and disengages the clutch on a 944? Yeah, it should look like it has a little cup for the shaft out of the slave cylinder to press into, not a half-sphere-lookin’ thing.

That was………..a few days of taking off and reinstalling the rear half of the drivetrain.

Robert Pridgen
Robert Pridgen
1 year ago

I cannot change a tire . . . sometimes.

The few times that I have had trouble changing a tire it was because the lugs were over tightened. I am not the strongest and the tire iron that came with my Ford Ranger did not allow much leverage. I ended up getting a flat while on a date, which gave me all the more motivation to show that I could get us back on the road. We pulled into a gas station at the corner of a busy intersection. I tried and tried to loosen the lugs. Nothin’. I even tried to use my body weight and jump on the wretch handle, but the flat was on a rear tire and the shocks were negating any force I was putting toward the wrench.

After bouncing for about 10 minutes, I gave up and called for help. My brother showed up a little later. When he asked what happened, I told him about the flat and (pointing to the lug wrench still on the wheel) how I couldn’t get the lugs to break. He looked at it and said, “What? This?”, and stepped on the wrenched handle. It moved with little effort.

sigh

notoriousDUG
notoriousDUG
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Pridgen

It wasn’t the shocks absorbing anything unless you have some new and interesting way of changing a tire…

Robert Pridgen
Robert Pridgen
1 year ago
Reply to  notoriousDUG

That right.

I was gripping the bed rail for balance and the whole back end was bouncing.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Pridgen

Don’t jump on tire irons. Use the jack to loosen the lugs. Rotate lug wrench 180 degrees insert jack under handle and casually crank it up till they come loose.

Box Rocket
Box Rocket
1 year ago

Wear proper PPE. Especially safety glasses, because we don’t have bionic eyes yet.

Magnetic tools are your friend.

Label everything.

Apply Liquid Wrench rust penetrant (or yours of choice, both Project Farm and myself like Liquid Wrench) a day ahead of working on any exposed fastener more than a few months old.

You can make a 1:1 schematic of what you’re working on in cardboard. In the same vein for each fastener you’ve removed poking each one through its corresponding hole on said schematic, and labeling the torque specs for each. This way you don’t lose fasteners, and you don’t wind up with more than you started.

Check gaskets (especially head and manifold gaskets) before bringing them home. They should be flat, with no bends, rolls, curls, etc.

Fasteners can’t be stuck if they’re liquid or close to it. Induction heaters are awesome.

Start your toolbox with cheap (but decent quality, so Harbor Freight and Northern Tool are OK, but Wish.com probably not) tools, and upgrade the ones you use most and/or that you need better functionality from. Your car doesn’t care what brand of tool you use or how big your toolbox is.

Good lighting is underrated.

If you can work in a climate controlled environment, do so. Heat in winter and fans/A/C in summer are such a treat and can help you work more effectively.

Take breaks. Hydrate. Don’t wrench under any strong influences, including fatigue. Listen to your body.

Last edited 1 year ago by Box Rocket
Drunken Master Paul
Drunken Master Paul
1 year ago

Two words: Torque Wrench

Nothing like the waves of despair/denial/despair/desperate praying/denial/despair when you hear that “ting” when torquing down a head bolt with your trusty 1/2″ ratchet.

Last edited 1 year ago by Drunken Master Paul
Fredzy
Fredzy
1 year ago

When changing a head gasket, don’t get too carried away prepping the surface of the block. In my zeal to get a good seal, I once cleaned away a little too much crud (or metal, as it turned out) from the block right near a main oil channel. The resulting oil leak took about one day to form, and was more of a geyser than a leak. Oof.

LactoseTheIntolerant
LactoseTheIntolerant
1 year ago

A good braking system with working emergency brake is the most important system on a car. Always fix and maintain this over anything else.

Brake/Carb cleaner pretty much can clean anything.

Everytime I don’t wear gloves, I get a cut or tear in my skin that makes me think I should have worn gloves.

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