GearWrench Tool Boxes are very useful tools for car mechanics. They make it easier to do repairs and maintenance work on your vehicle. You may have seen some of them at garage sales or even online. However, they were not made with high quality materials and could cause damage if used improperly.
So, what’s the problem?
You see, there are several types of gearwrenches available. Some of them are designed for use only on certain kinds of equipment. For example, a small Phillips screwdriver is not suitable for driving into metal fasteners such as bolts and nuts because it does not have enough leverage to get the job done properly. On the other hand, a large flathead screwdriver would be ideal for doing so since it has sufficient force to drive through these fasteners easily.
The same principle applies to gearwrench tool boxes. If you want to install a new part onto your vehicle, then you need one that is specifically designed for that purpose.
But if you just want to replace a broken part, then the best thing might be to buy a cheap knockoff from eBay or Amazon. These are usually poorly manufactured and often fail catastrophically when used incorrectly.
The most common types of gearwrenches are:
*1/4-Inch – Used for most car maintenance and repairs.
*3/8-Inch – Used for brakes, exhaust systems, and other heavy machinery.
*1/2-Inch – Used for heavy equipment, large engine parts, and other large vehicle components. They have a long handle that provides leverage when loosening or tightening large bolts.
The sizes of the gearboxs are as follows:
3/8-Inch – Small and easy to carry around. Although you can use it for most car maintenance, it is best for small tasks such as oil filters, spark plugs, and fan belts.
These do not have a long handle and may cause hand strain if used for too long.
*1/2-Inch – Used only for heavy vehicle repairs. The 3/8″ size is not equipped with a long handle, so they are not as heavy and tiring to use.
1″ – Used mainly by professionals because of their size and weight. These cannot be carried around easily.
They are best for repairing large truck tires, engine block repairs, and heavy equipment maintenance.
Wrenches are also classified according to their uses:
*Linemen Wrenches, or “L-Wrenches” are used for pipe fittings and machinery with a square socket.
*T-handle wrenches are used for bolts that have a hexagonal socket. They are sometimes called “crooked wrenches.”
*Hex Keys – A six-sided tool with a hexagonal socket. Used for bolts or screws that are connected to plastic parts, or any other material that is not metal.
They are also known as Allen keys or hex keys.
If you purchase a cheap knockoff, the socket might not fit properly because it was poorly manufactured. They can also break or bend easily because of their low quality construction.
If you intend to do more than just change your oil, then you need to invest in a high quality gearwrench that will last for many years. Anything cheaper is a waste of money.
Another common issue with cheap tool boxes is that they don’t have enough tools to get the job done. The best mechanics in the world all have a tool for every job, regardless of how obscure that tool may be.
You should never have to go out and buy a special tool because you need it to fix something, otherwise you will spend more money than you would if you had just bought the correct one in the first place. For this reason, the biggest toolboxes on the market are not always the best. Professional mechanics need to save space and weight, so they buy smaller toolboxes and just make sure they have every tool they could ever need.
A complete set of gearwrenches should contain sockets that start at one-quarter of an inch all the way up to three inches. The most common sizes are 1/4″ through 3/4″, but for certain jobs, you’ll need bigger or smaller wrenches as well.
You’ll also need an extension for your ratchet so you can reach certain fasteners deep inside the engine, which are inaccessible with a normal ratchet. Get a three-inch extension and a one-and-a-half inch extension to start with.
Once you have the basic sockets, get a universal joint. This is a short, rigid bar that connects to your socket so you can turn hard-to-reach fasteners or fasteners at an odd angle.
Get a universal for your three-quarter inch drive and one for your one-inch drive as well. Next you’ll want a set of wobble Extensions. These are shorter than normal extensions, but they have a special crook in the middle that lets you turn fasteners at any angle or direction. Get these in three-quarter and one-inch sizes as well.
The most common ratchet you’ll see in a toolbox is the “wavey” style, with a roughly U-shaped handle that lets you push the head of the ratchet back and forth with your palm. However, this style isn’t the best for heavy-duty work, because it can cause strain on your wrist.
Instead, get an old-fashioned straight-handled ratchet. They’re slower to use, but your hands strain a lot less and they have no teeth to wear out. This is especially important if you have a tendency to work on cars all day long.
Next you’ll need a universal mechanic’s tool. They are available in many different varieties, but the most common one contains a combination of sockets, open end wrenches, a hammer, and screwdrivers.
Get one that has an adjustable knob that lets you swap out the tools inside. You should also get a set of sparkplug sockets so you can change your car’s sparkplugs.
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