Ask The Experts

My coworkers and I were sharing some tips from the “ask me how I know” files, and I thought I’d share them here:

  • When using an”X” shaped tire iron, do not place both hands and all of your weight on the wrench to loosen a lug nut – when it slips off, there won’t be anything to break your fall other than your nose.
  • Believe it or not, a pencil, mechanical or otherwise, is not a suitable replacement for the lock pin in a jack stand.
  • Long hair and creeper casters do not mix, and tend to create irregular bald patches.
  • When performing maintenance on an air compressor, make sure the tank is not pressurized before removing the bleeder valve, or the bleeder valve might remove your fingers.
  • WD-40 is flammable.
  • Speaking of flammable, using a greasy shop rag to snuff out a backfire is a bad idea.
  • Four lug nuts will usually safely fasten a five-lug wheel, but three will not.
  • Battery acid tastes like almonds.
  • How do you know when a bolt is tight enough?  Approximately 1/4 turn before it snaps.
  • Most socket wrenches are just long enough to span the distance between battery terminals when tightening battery cables, and are conductive as well.
  • That wire wheel that removes old gaskets so well works even better on fingerprints.
  • Engine degreaser de-greens grass too.
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