Message from sigruna14 in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #mechanics


2018-03-02 19:59:22 UTC  

@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...

2018-03-02 20:01:35 UTC  

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.

2018-03-02 20:12:10 UTC  

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.

2018-03-02 20:13:41 UTC  

@Joseph McCarthy - NJ oh and READ THE FUCKING MANUAL

2018-03-02 20:14:43 UTC  

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

2018-03-02 20:21:21 UTC  

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.

2018-03-02 20:24:40 UTC  

Sorry, just thinking of things.

2018-03-02 20:25:22 UTC  

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

2018-03-02 20:30:30 UTC  

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

2018-03-02 20:31:31 UTC  

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

2018-03-02 20:31:49 UTC  

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

2018-03-02 20:32:54 UTC  

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

2018-03-02 20:35:44 UTC  

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.

2018-03-02 23:01:27 UTC  

@RevStench you won’t go wrong with em.

2018-03-03 03:13:31 UTC  

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

2018-03-03 09:33:01 UTC  

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

2018-03-03 13:48:49 UTC  

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

2018-03-08 00:04:54 UTC  

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

2018-03-08 00:19:09 UTC  

Nice. Welcome aboard!

2018-03-08 01:07:37 UTC  

Awesome, welcome bro @Justice - WI

2018-03-16 17:56:22 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 17:57:06 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 17:57:21 UTC  

Is the starter just not cranking?

2018-03-16 17:57:38 UTC  

Could be ignition switch

2018-03-16 17:58:53 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 17:59:28 UTC  

Cranks but doesn't run.

2018-03-16 17:59:59 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 18:00:47 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 18:02:00 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 18:05:13 UTC  

Starter could be bad

2018-03-16 18:05:18 UTC  

Seems unlikely though

2018-03-16 19:31:21 UTC  

@sigruna14 Check inertia switch

2018-03-16 19:31:54 UTC  

@John O - Is that like blinker fluid?

2018-03-16 19:32:44 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 19:33:50 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 19:36:23 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 19:36:33 UTC  

Yeah

2018-03-16 19:36:59 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 19:37:37 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 19:40:24 UTC  

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

2018-03-16 19:40:40 UTC  

Consult the owner's manual