Tag Archives: Tools

Tools Stuck in Tight Spots

Working on cars often involved squeezing your hands and arms into tight spots. That also means getting tools into those areas, and sometimes they get can get stuck in awkward positions.

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Bolt-Bending Ball Joint Tool

Several years ago, I bought a ball joint separator tool from Harbor Freight. It was the best $20 I’ve ever spent there. I don’t use it that frequently, but it works great. It’s finally failed on me, but not so … Continue reading

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Video: Taps & Dies vs. Thread Chasers

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Tool Review: Mastercool Hydraulic Line Flaring Tool

This is a written version of my video from last week.

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Tool Review: Mastercool Hydraulic Line Flaring Tool

New blog posts every Monday and Thursday, plus pictures throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Watch Mechanical Malarkey on YouTube! Mechanical Malarkey T-shirts, hats, and stickers are available to order! -Dan

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Improvised Serpentine Belt Tool

On most Hondas, when I need to loosen the serpentine belt, I can usually get a wrench in with enough room to turn it to loosen the belt enough to remove it. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s a tight fit, … Continue reading

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Tool Review: Hyper Tough Slotted Screwdriver

This might be the cheapest tool review I’ve ever done.

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How to Make a One-Man Brake Bleeder

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Makeshift Tools

There are a few jobs I always dread because they always take longer than they should because I can’t find the correct tools. One of those jobs is axle seal replacement.

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Tapping in Tight Spaces

I was installing a trailer hitch on a used Honda Pilot, and as I knew from previous experience, the provided holes were rusty. A thread chaser wouldn’t thread in because of the rust so I had to use a tap, … Continue reading

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