Hints to help with strength differences

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Patty0315, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. Patty0315

    Patty0315 Well-Known Member

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    Alot of things I can do if only I had the physical strength to loosen bolts and such . Such as the brake job , I cannot get the &^%%* torx bolts loose. Its driving me nuts. Thanks
     
  2. VonWolfen

    VonWolfen Well-Known Member

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    Torx you off, doesn't it? (I couldn't resist!). Seriously...there are many ways to compensate for a lack of strength nowadays. If you can borrow, rent or buy an electric impact wrench (1/2"), with some appropriate attachments...you can do just about everything...there are even flexible drives to get to hard to reach spots...I admire your efforts...good stuff.
     

  3. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Breaker Bar with a Cheat Bar Wife dose it all the time!! :D

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  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    I assume that you're using a torx drive attachment on your rachet wrench. I also assume that you don't have a 3/8-inch drive breaker bar.

    If the wrench you're using is a 3/8-inch drive, ramp up to a 1/2-drive by using a 3/8-to-1/2 adaptor. If that doesn't work, try placing a pipe over the handle of your ratchet which effectively makes the rachet longer thereby giving you more leverage (torque).
     
  5. SteveD(TX)

    SteveD(TX) Well-Known Member

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    A few shots of PB Blaster, wait a few minutes, then use a cheater bar like Rock said; it will work wonders.
     
  6. Jena

    Jena Well-Known Member

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    My lack of physical strength is the my number one frustration. It drives me nuts too.

    Power tools when you can use them, cheater bars, dreative thinking and carrying lots of buckets have gone a long way to solving most of my problems in this area.

    Jena
     
  7. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    There is a handy little tool known as an Impact Driver that work manually with a hammer or mallet. It features a 1/2 inch drive head that can be adopted to just about anything, there is an internal 'ramp' system that twistes the driver about 20 degrees each time you whack it. About $15.00 in any well stocked parts house. Go into google with 'impact driver', in the 'images' mode to see one first hand, I am talking about the manual one, not the power model, its about flashlight size and made of steel.
     
  8. Beeman

    Beeman Well-Known Member

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    First of all know your enemy. You speak of torx bolts on brakes. This doesn't happen to be a Ford truck does it? Ford trucks and many others use threadlocker to hold important bolts from loosening. On some of them heat is required to soften the threadlocker and allow the bolt to be removed. If proper procedures aren't followed the threads can easily be damaged. Also when installing the bolts check for the proper torque specs. Many of these bolts require high torque to keep them from loosening. Be sure to tighten to proper specs.
     
  9. Patty0315

    Patty0315 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the hints . Brakes are done new pads and rotors !!!!! Part of the problem was that the book said torx and it was a hex . Gotta love those help books. :rolleyes:
     
  10. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Congradulations for being the first female whom knows what a Torx bolt looks like,many male people call it a 'star' in error. They have not yet been to correctioning school!!!