Messsage from sigruna14 in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #mechanics

RevStench 2018-03-02 19:59:22  

@Joseph McCarthy - NJ what is it you're doing?
I have a ton of pointers and advice, I've been working blue collar for the last 18 years. Grew up on a tobacco farm and I'm a tool maker by trade, so I've pretty much seen it all.

When a motor in a power tool is going out you'll start to smell ozone, and it's cake to replace the motors. You can really smell it from a drill.

If you're giving a saw hell and it's screaming obviously back off and let the blade do the cutting. Hand saws let the blade cut don't try to use your saw as a knife.

If you're stripping heads out of screws make sure you have the proper bit size, most people use a #2 phillips head for everything, it's to big for a #1 ph and it will strip, if you try to use a #2ph on a #3 ph it will strip because it's to small. Push as hard as you can on it to try and back out the screw then ease off the pressure.
If you're using a hand screw driver, mostly slot head, put the palm of you hand on the butt of the driver and apply pressure using your other hand to turn it, sounds like common sense but it's not.
If you have a stripped screw, Phillips, you can try a square bit and about half the time you'll get it out, if whatever you're working isn't wood or it will be hidden get a pair of needle nose vice grips and un screw it that way. Or you could drill it out...

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:01:35  

Just throwing that out there. Also who cares about being green around a shop. Everything outside of machining I learned by doing, fucking up, starting all over until I got it right. Made note of mistakes and learned my lesson.

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:12:10  

Tools are personal preference. If you're just a home owner pretty much anything you buy will get the job done. If you're going to be using that tool more than a few times a month buy something contractor grade.
Like I'm a big fan of Milwaukee linemen pliers, where John uses Klein, I cut nails all day with mine and Milwaukee seems to holds an edge longer.

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:13:41  

@Joseph McCarthy - NJ oh and READ THE FUCKING MANUAL

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:14:43  

You wouldn't believe how many people out there don't know the potential of their tools.

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:21:21  

Also SnapOn, new holland, Browning are better than craftsman and popular mechanic because they use a better quality steel. Those cheap pig iron dropped forged wrenches break easy.
And I believe that SnapOn does on site repair too. I know the Milwaukee reps will do repair for cheap.

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:24:40  

Sorry, just thinking of things.

Freiheit - CA 2018-03-02 20:25:22  

@RevStench I'll ask you some question when I get a break from work.

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:30:30  

@Deleted User every mechanic I know uses nothing but SnapOn and New Holland. My boss only uses New Holland wrenches.

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:31:31  

He says they hold up longer than any other wrenches, they don't strip as fast as others

Deleted User 2018-03-02 20:31:49  

Their socket set has been on point for me for 8 years.

Deleted User 2018-03-02 20:32:54  

The case itself has cheap snaps but the wrenches drivers and sockets have been really sturdy

RevStench 2018-03-02 20:35:44  

Haha that's all companies, crappy cases but nice tools, I have a set of Pittsburgh sockets and most are stripped out, I broke a few, so I'm actually looking for a new set now. I was at the New Holland dealer yesterday looking at their sets. Funny that we're having this conversation today. I like real world feed back when it comes to tools.

Deleted User 2018-03-02 23:01:27  

@RevStench you won’t go wrong with em.

Louis Loire - NY 2018-03-03 03:13:31  

Snap on tools are amazing I have a small set to do work on my car

Joseph McCarthy - NJ 2018-03-03 09:33:01  

@RevStench generators and compressors at work and a project car held together by zipties and bailing wire 😂

Deleted User 2018-03-03 13:48:49  

Bought a generac powerwasher two weeks ago to clean my implements. Changed. My. life.

Justice - WI 2018-03-08 00:04:54  

Hi guys. Indy tech here. 5 years experience plus 2 years of tech school.

Deleted User 2018-03-08 00:19:09  

Nice. Welcome aboard!

RevStench 2018-03-08 01:07:37  

Awesome, welcome bro @Justice - WI

sigruna14 2018-03-16 17:56:22  

No start. Replaced battery, plugs and wires, coil pack, camshaft and crankshaft position sensors. P0340 on MIL. 01 Caravan 2.4L 4-cyl. @here

Deleted User 2018-03-16 17:57:06  

Did you check all your contacts to make sure theyre clean?

Deleted User 2018-03-16 17:57:21  

Is the starter just not cranking?

Deleted User 2018-03-16 17:57:38  

Could be ignition switch

Deleted User 2018-03-16 17:58:53  

@sigruna14 no start how? Won’t turn over? No juice at all? Somewhere in between?

sigruna14 2018-03-16 17:59:28  

Cranks but doesn't run.

sigruna14 2018-03-16 17:59:59  

Fuel pump was replaced recently and I hear it whine when I turn key to on so don't think it's that.

sigruna14 2018-03-16 18:00:47  

@Deleted User If you're talking about wires then hell no they ain't clean, there's oil everywhere.

Deleted User 2018-03-16 18:02:00  

Maybe try cleaning off the contacts to make sure that the oil isnt impeding the flow of current

Deleted User 2018-03-16 18:05:13  

Starter could be bad

Deleted User 2018-03-16 18:05:18  

Seems unlikely though

John O - 2018-03-16 19:31:21  

@sigruna14 Check inertia switch

sigruna14 2018-03-16 19:31:54  

@John O - Is that like blinker fluid?

John O - 2018-03-16 19:32:44  

No, it's a safety device that cuts off the fuel line if you flip. As the vehicle gets older, they become more sensitive

John O - 2018-03-16 19:33:50  

It's just a spring loaded normally closed switch. You can test it by pressing the button, and if the car starts and then stops, it's the switch

sigruna14 2018-03-16 19:36:23  

@John O - But if that switch were tripped, would I still hear the fuel pump whine when I turn the key to on?

John O - 2018-03-16 19:36:33  


John O - 2018-03-16 19:36:59  

It stops the fuel line, not the electrical circuit going to the motor

John O - 2018-03-16 19:37:37  

The intention is that if the car gets in an accident, the fuel line doesn't pour all over you if the hose breaks

sigruna14 2018-03-16 19:40:24  

@John O - Where is the reset button? I Googled it but nothing definitive.

John O - 2018-03-16 19:40:40  

Consult the owner's manual