HumbleMechanic – 5 Odd Things Mechanics Use To Fix Cars ~ Video

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  1. 5 odd things mechanics use to fix cars.

  2. I use the paper carpet we use in clients' cars as a funnel. When I'm doing oil changes it prevents oil from going everywhere on the splash guard!

  3. Nicktrance1 says:

    sewing needles are pretty useful, especially for unclogging or pointing washer nozzles.

  4. CrAzYDr1veR says:

    isnt't it easier tu use factory timing marks instead of painting your own?

  5. Zackydude says:

    Vaseline makes a great low temp grease for o-rings and such.

  6. JUDGERAMBO says:

    Big name brand toolboxes come with touch up paint, only time used is for T.M.

  7. Seth Jones says:

    Top 4 odd things used to fix an MG Midget

    1.  Emery board nail file
    2.  3' length of 3/16" ID clear vinyl tubing
    3.  Nail Polish
    4.  9' length of string tied to a ¾" thick block of wood.

    1. is perfect for cleaning contact points on a fuel pump which can from time to time leave you stranded when they corrode too much.

    2.  This is used to balance carburettors.  One end in your ear, and the other end down the bore of the carb.

    3.  Timing marks are impossible to see unless you paint them.  Also handy to mark the distributor so you don't have to set the timing when you remove the distributor to adjust the points.

    4.  Best alignment tool ever for the MG midget.  the block end goes on the rear tire somewhere (you need a helper), stretch the other end over the front edge of the fron tire.  When the front and rear sidewall of the front tire touch the string, you've got the toe set correctly (cant adjust anything else).

    yes I've used carbaord too, to organize engine pushrods.  Also, I use T pins a lot to backprobe connectors on modern cars.

  8. arcdraw says:

    T-pins have a tendency to grown legs and leave my box. I end up using paper clips to back probe electrical connectors. For some reason paper clips never walk away. I've been using the same two for a long time but have gone through dozens of T-pins….

  9. Do you use any cleaner with the brillo pad, or is just the friction of the brillo pad enough?

  10. Good video.
    As far as paint markers, the only ones I have found to be resistant to cleaning fluids are only available through an on line distributor and are imported from Japan. 
    They are DecoColor High Opacity Industrial paint markers which permanently covers nearly any surface..  These are made by Uchida of America Corp, made in Japan.  I have never found anyone who sells these and order them directly from HowardSales, Nashville, TN, which is the exclusive distributor.  They have a very potent smell when the cap is removed, so I suspect they are somewhat a controlled item.and are for industrial use only.  Highly recommend them to anyone who wants to make a reference mark on metal and be able to see it after cleaning the surface.

  11. Michael Berg says:

    Seam ripper, great for quickly cutting wire looms etc for testing, like hooking my low amp probe for scope testing. T pins are a must for me.

  12. D Nelson says:

    I use a wire mesh colander for cleaning small parts.  Easy way to hold bolts, nuts etc secure while spraying with carb cleaner.  I'll spray the small parts and let the carb cleaner drip down on a dirty small engine etc. 
     I have also used an electric pressure washer to clean dirty parts.  The mesh is springy enough so parts do not come flying out.  With a little care, your hand never gets hit by the stream of water and you don't lose any parts.  It works well.

  13. im doing same thing. older vr6 transmission bolts one longer easy cracks a block. smart post

  14. Todd Redding says:

    Tiny dab of super glue to hold timing chains

  15. oven cleaner for dirty greasy parts, great video

  16. kidzero1943 says:

    U can use nail polish to kinda blend a scratch. Nail polish has a base and clear coat

  17. V10PDTDI says:

    baby powder I use it on ALH and BEW engine when the timing belt is making a swish swish noise when the belt is past 100 000 km's what happens is the back side the the belt becomes polished and make a sound especially when the engine is cold so then I pour some baby powder on the belt when the car is idling and the noise goes a way for a while as soon that  you put an new timing belt kit the noise goes away but when the noise is there the belt is in perfect condition . it is just getting too polished of glazed.

  18. brasanford1 says:

    T Pins used normally for upholstery, make due for back probing electrical connectors. Cheap pliable disposable.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001PLOM8Y/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1431054157&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=GEM87T&dpPl=1&dpID=31BBqBiNVPL&ref=plSrch

  19. Darin Damme says:

    scrap brake line bent into an S to hold calipers when doing brakes.  Strong enough to hold an F250 rear caliper without bending

  20. AssGrabber B says:

    Sweet! That nail polish tip is gold.

  21. Dadul Ludad says:

    2:56 missed a bit in editing ;)

  22. D Nelson says:

    Clothes pins to identify location for spark plug wires, vacuum hoses, wiring loom etc.  
    Clothes pins are very secure and needless to say, easy to remove.  These worked great for removing a distributor cap on V8 engines.  I have them numbered L1 to L4 and R1 to R4.  Still come in handy on V6 engine plug wires.

  23. chrstphrr says:

    Odd thing I will use on a car: Dental floss.   Especially for nuts, probably useful for smaller bolts too. Tie your nut/bolt with dental floss one end, reel out a hand length or two, and lightly tie the other end to a finger on the hand you're going to reach into that blind/hard to reach area you have to thread the nut/bolt into.  If you thread it right, the threads will cut the floss.  If you drop it … well, now you don't have to chase the sound of the plink, or figure out what part of the Bermuda Triangle of lost fasteners and tools it fell toward under the vehicle.

    Learnt this trick for putting nuts back onto retaining U-bolt/clip used on truck winches, to keep the nuts from plinking down into the snow while reattaching a new line to a winch on bed trucks. Oh, or summer – rust covered nuts look suspiciously like the rest of the dust and dirt on the ground.

  24. ToyTech816 says:

    I use all that stuff all the time #Thelifeofatechnician

  25. Yes, you want to be organized with those VW spline bolts. They're like $3.99 each.

  26. Josh M says:

    electric tapes great to tighten up swivel's  or to even hold a blot onto allen wrech(especially on oil pan bolts) and ive also used glad press and seal on open intake manifolds or anything that you wouldn't want to leave exposed down to even connectors.. you also have the screw driver or extension to get a close listen to rod knocks or timing chain guide's and so on

  27. Josh M says:

    oh and the nail polish is great for marking your hub assembly's to shocks so if you pull one off you have less of a chance of having to do an alignment

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