Car tips or tricks of old car masters
In this article, let’s talk about useful tricks or tips from old car mechanics for car enthusiasts. Such useful tips are always relevant at any time. A flat tire is always sad.
So, often this problem can be solved without a tire fitting. First, we lift the car and remove the wheel,
then splash soapy water on the suspicious areas to look for air loss. In my case, the leak is on the disc, because of its corrosion and this is a very popular problem,
but look on the other side, it’s even worse,
but it is solved with a normal silicone sealant.
Slightly spit the spout of the syringe with a pliers,
let the wheel down and put the silicone in the problem areas,
You can drive it all over the disk, it is done rather quickly and effectively. So the wheel will not descend more, this method I have repeatedly tested personally, all just super.
Many people often have the question – How to remove the internal cushion on certain cars?
You need only two tools, an assembler and a small hammer.
Make a point in a suitable place and knock it down, everything is as easy as can be. I think everyone can do it.
When the clutch cable starts squeaking and jamming, you don’t have to change it right away,
because the wear and tear is usually only on the loaded part, and if you turn it 180 degrees,
It starts working quietly and smoothly again, and it will serve for a very long time. Working in the garage, the boots are a real tool to protect your feet,
Of course there are welders in a T-shirt and flip-flops, but I’ll tell you this is a real d …bstvo.
The problem with tight-fitting shoes that a whole day’s work in it, the feet can then smell very unpleasant, but fortunately there is a proven, grandfather’s solution, and more specifically is boric acid in powder form, which is sold at the drugstore for only 20 rubles.
Pour it once a month, literally one pinch in each shoe,
In the end, even the slightest, unpleasant odor will disappear completely, try this method and will be very surprised. Read also: Making a box under the Alphard Magnum M12 with my own hands For the next trick, we will need crocodiles, a piece of wire and a LED strip,
I took for example two kinds, one cold, one warm.
At aliexpress they are sold a lot of different options, so I took a lot of stock, in the garage I think we will definitely need it. In addition to these parts we will need aluminum profile with a diffuser,
We measure it divisions of the LED strip and cut off, in my case it was 52 centimeters.
Then we remove the diffuser and cut off the LED strip of the right length, one cold and one warm, on this profile they fit well.
To connect these strips we leave a small wire in one of the strips, and then pull the power wire through the plug and strip it, then solder these wires, pre-wearing a suitable heat shrink on the strip, so that then there was no accidental short circuit on the aluminum profile.
Then we heat it up and glue the tape in its place, after you can put the diffuser and stubs at the edges, it remains only at the other end of the wire to install alligators and the home-made product will be almost ready. The final touch is neodymium magnets, which can also be bought on ali or get it for free from an old, hard drive or CD-drive.
That is, the laser is always two fairly powerful, neodymium magnets, which are easily pulled out cheekily with a flat screwdriver. We need to stick them on the profile on the back side, the more the better, so we get a super handy 12-volt light, for auto repair and not only.
Its advantage is that the light is diffused, and not as a purchase in one point, in addition, it can be pasted in any convenient location under the hood and repair almost as a day, the power consumption is so low that you can even work all night, the battery from it will not run out, and the eyes are not tired of it, so that is necessary. Read also: How do I know the history of the car by the vin-code?
In summer, quite often cars can boil and for a variety of reasons, either because of a malfunctioning cooling system, or because of the breakdown of the cylinder-head gasket.
The old old-fashioned way will show exactly what is the problem, and precisely put a condom on an expansion tank,
although it is better to show on the example of a rubber glove.
Seal it well and start the cold engine, if in a minute it blows up,
it means that a part of gases from fuel combustion gets into the cooling system, it often happens because of the breakdown of the cylinder-head gasket or the defect of the cylinder-head itself. By the way a more accurate way, all the same air flow into the cylinders when the valves are closed, this can be done as a pneumo-tester,
and the usual adapter, which is made from an old spark plug.
If there will be bubbles in the tank, then you can safely take off the head and do the defectoscopy.
These are simple tricks that our grandfathers used to repair cars, so use them in good health.
Tips from auto mechanics, which will simplify your car’s repair
The best tips and other tricks to make life easier for the mechanic
Not long ago I conducted a survey among my friends and acquaintances auto mechanics. The topic was simple, but quite intriguing: What tips and tricks can you pass on to your young novice colleagues to make their lives easier? The sheer number of responses and witty insights really impressed me. Very quickly, a list of several dozen selections of tricks that really make the life of an automotive craftsman a lot easier. From all this variety, I selected ten (10) of the most interesting and witty “auto-lifehacks”, they are what formed the basis of this article.
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In case you want to save hours and tons of nerves, but at the same time enjoy the repair of your own or someone else’s car without turning the process into a dull chore, I and my fellow “shop” consider that you just have to read our tips! These tips you will not find or read in manuals or books about cars. Some of these tips are passed from mechanic to mechanic as a good advice, while others were a product of the irrepressible creativity and ingenuity of the repairers themselves.
Here is a list of the ten most useful tips:
Removing the “stubborn” oil filter
With a traditional screw-on oil filter, like the one shown in the picture above, it seems simple on one side. You tighten it until the o-ring is completely pushed in, thus forming a good seal. But its disassembly can be difficult. In some cases, these difficulties can turn into a real headache.
When you are faced with a frozen oil filter and you do not have a specialized puller handy (for it), there is a simple and very effective solution: -Grab a flat slotted screwdriver and gently punch it through the oil filter’s tin body. Now it goes much faster, use the screwdriver as a lever and twist the filter with it (with the screwdriver).
This advice was given to me by a local garage “coolie” reanimated at one time a dozen cars:
“Give me a screwdriver and a wrench and I can disassemble the whole car with their help.”
Unexpectedly it turned out that a couple of my friends had already used a similar trick at least once, and it (the trick) worked the first time.
Precautions. This method of twisting the filter is quite dirty. So get some rubber gloves and put something under the filter itself beforehand so you don’t get oil on the engine(s).
Always unscrew the filler plug before you pour oil in.
One of my favorite pieces of advice was given to me by a long time friend of mine, and also an avid car enthusiast and restaurateur:
. When changing any technical fluid, always loosen the filler cap beforehand, before draining that very fluid. The last thing you wouldn’t want to find out after draining, say, all the transmission fluid, is that the filler neck is permanently rusted and impossible to unscrew. And that means it will be impossible to pour the new one back. Better to drive with the old fluid than without it at all.
Very wise advice, which should be taken into account by all drivers who do not want to have big problems and expensive car repairs.
Use a second wrench as a lever
If you are trying to unscrew a stuck/stained or oxidized bolt or nut and all your efforts are in vain, please stop for a moment and remember the famous Archimedes who once said the great phrase: “Give me a fulcrum and I will overturn the Earth”. And that will mean that your task is simplified. Remember, friends, the torque it takes to remove a bolt or nut is equal to the force multiplied by the distance. So why try and work as hard as you can to increase that “given force” when you can simply increase the same “distance”?
Take the second wrench, put it on as shown in the picture. That is, put it on the end of the first wrench to get one big lever. We twist the bolt/nut in this way, but try not to overdo it.
Be careful with the threads.
If you find a bolt that does not want to tighten or unscrew into/from the hole, then you have a problem with the thread itself. To protect yourself from such a problem and fix the threads with a set of the same taps and dies.
Use thermal expansion to your advantage
Oh that thermal expansion and contraction. Its beautiful majesty is physics, so why not use science to your advantage? Any theory is better tested in practice. Done and done.
. Used this trick when installing the bearings. The bearings were frozen and the part where they were inserted was heated. Installation went like clockwork!
The cooled part would compress and the heated part would expand, the resulting gap would be just enough to make the connection.
Sign and photograph everything.
There are so many different ways to keep parts and tools in perfect order, this is a key skill for any decent mechanic. A lot of the success of a repair depends on it.
Everyone naturally has their own system, but I was told one such algorithm that is worth focusing on. Key Requirements: Take pictures, pack the parts, and sign the parts.
When taking apart really complicated things with lots of nuts, bolts, washers and other little things, you need to bring small, clear, zip-top bags with you to the garage. Not even the smallest part will roll away to a far corner of the workshop.
For more convenience in later assembly, sign which bag contains which part.
Use your phone or a cheap digital camera to take pictures of the whole disassembly process. You’ll thank yourself later for the extra reassurance when you start the reverse process (reassembly) the next day, let’s say.
Old cardboard boxes are more useful than they look
This “hack” is as old as the world. Use cardboard for storing parts, for making templates, and instead of a chair. Simple cardboard can work wonders.
Cardboard is your best friend and helper:
-Use it to lay down on the gravel and put it under the car just so that if a bolt falls, you can easily find it on the cardboard;
– Make templates of holes for bolts and brackets before cutting the material, especially if the most intricate bends and curves must be observed;
– The cardboard is handy for holding bolts/valves and other parts of the car being disassembled.
Make your own penetrating grease
If you live in major Russian cities where they dump all kinds of crap on the road in the winter, or let’s say you fix and repair cars, you need a fair amount of penetrating grease to unscrew rusted or jammed bolts. But instead of making yet another trip to the auto store for, let’s say, an expensive product, which in addition will run out quickly again, you can make your own “cocktail” for this purpose.
. Make a mixture in a simple 50/50 proportion, half acetone and half automatic transmission fluid. Apply this “cocktail” liberally to the jammed bolt, let it soak in and the bolt should unscrew as if it never had any problems.
How do you knock a bolt out of a knuckle cam?
The main jeweler’s tool in this process is a hammer.
. Dismantle it by loosening the nut. Pour the lubricant (cocktail) from the previous item on the cam and start tapping the knot with light strokes. As you do so, try to turn the bolt by its head and keep tapping. If it is turned, you can safely apply force to the flat and slowly pull the bolt threaded toward the nut.
How to unscrew the caliper nipple?
When pumping the brakes all motorists algorithm is usually the same. At the nipple caliper first put a hose, then the nipple is released with a wrench. But what to do if the nipple does not want to move? Better to use a socket wrench for this purpose and here’s why:
. If you have a stuck brake caliper nipple and are trying to unscrew it with an ordinary socket/jaw wrench, you are making a mistake. The surface area of these wrenches is small, but the risk of breaking the edges on the nipple is unusually high.
. It’s much safer to use a socket wrench instead. With a long handle. Treat the stubborn with penetrating grease, let the oxide loosen the grip and then carefully loosen the nipple. The brakes are ready to be pumped.
This is another smart tip to add to your knowledge bank. Since the nipples on the calipers as we know you and are made of sufficiently soft material, even the slightest turn of a socket wrench can break the slits on it, thereby forcing you to resort to the use of pliers.