On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:48:04 AM UTC-4, philo wrote:
Honda uses short #3 Phillips screws to hold their rotors on during assembly
at the factory. By the time you need to change the rotors, the screws are
often seized in the hub. YouTube has all sorts of videos showing the "best"
technique for getting them out. Of course, the "best" technique differs
from video to video.
I've never tried a screw extractor but I've have drilled the heads off
of one set of rotor screws (8 screws total).
In all other cases (10 rotors in total) I've been able to get them out
by using the the following method:
1 - Spray the screws with PB Blaster and let it work for a few hours
2 - Put a vice grip on the shaft of a #3 Phillips screwdriver
3 - With the screwdriver held firmly in the screw, rap the end of the
handle with a hammer while using the vice grips to apply turning torque
on the screw.
After a few raps, they tend to (hopefully) break free.
Honda rotors (and many aftermarket rotors for Honda) also have threaded
holes in their rotors so you can screw a bolt in against the hub and pop
the rotor off.
I did that on car wheelnuts once. I think it worked, I can't remember, I tried so many things. The final solution, as they kept tightening during driving, was to get a very long breaker bar and jump up and down on the end of it.
After Saddam was captured, eight people were killed and almost
80 wounded by shots fired in the air during celebrations
I've used the heating technique successfully many times for slightly
rusted nuts and bolts.
There was one time I had to remove a tire soon after I had a flat fixed.
They *way* over-tightened it so I put a long pipe on the end of my
"four-way" and ended up bending it all to hell.
I took the car back and told them thy put the wheel on too tightly,
then showed them my twisted "four-way" and said: "and I am NOT a weakling."
I later got a much better quality "four-way" my original was kind of a
cheap piece of crap.
I remember melting a bolt using a blowtorch once. I guess you can weld with torches. It was only a handheld propane/butane one.
“What’s the difference between a British and an Iraqi tank?”
“I don’t know.”
“Welcome to the US Air Force.”
Now days I insist they put the lugs on loosely, and
I'll torque them myself. Some garages balk at that
idea, "your wheel will fall off".
I've had some success by using my left foot to push
down on the four way, right (or both) hand to pull
up on the right side.
Also had some success with my HF brand 25 inch breaker
bar, and black impact sockets.
Discount Tire where I got my last 2 sets of tires for the vehicles impressed
me. They have a large window where you can see the work being done. They
use impact wrenches to tighten the lug nuts, but for a final tighten they
use a torque wrench.
Some places use the impact wrenches with different torque tubes (limiters)
for the required touque. I think this place does,but gives a final check
with the torque wrench.
Most places around here will not let you in the working area. They have a
big sign up about the insurance requirements. I don't blame them, I would
not want someone looking over me while I was trying to do some work.
A patient complained to his doctor, "I've been to three other doctors and none of them agreed with your diagnosis."
The doctor calmly replied, "Just wait until the autopsy, then they'll see that I was right."
On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8:21:15 PM UTC-4, Mr Macaw wrote:
I've fired paying clients more than a few times. Either their demands
weren't worth the money they paid me or their demands would only lead
to possible liabilities later on. Rather than risk some high paid lawyer
saying "You're the expert, you should have known better than to listen
to them" I fired them before it came to that.
I've fired customers, on a couple occasions. One
was a guy who was verbally and orally abusive.
Other was a place that had a master key system.
The guy wanted me to use the master key chart that
earlier locksmith had written. I met the other
guy once, he was so proud of his computer program.
Anyhow, I could tell which keys worked each other
locks. Mentioned it, the customer found I was correct,
but "we'll just hope no one notices". I fired him
at that point.
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