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Close Quarters Impact Wrench

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I was in a tight spot under the hood. Not enough torque on the wrench. Not enough room for a cheater bar, or pneumatic impact wrench. Not even enough room to swing a hammer.

The solution?  String a bicycle chain through the closed end of a combo wrench, and through a barbell weight, lock it with vice grips, and hammer away  with the weight pulling the chain. It works.
TheShabz1 year ago
Just be sure to buy a Craftsman (or whatever your free replacement product is) wrench so you can get a free replacement if/when you break it. Years ago I worked at Sears and had a guy bring in a socket extension that looked like a screw after he plugged it into his impact gun. Good times. Also, for those trying this out with a wrench that has a ratcheting closed end, don't be stupid, it'll break.
Good idea. I am always looking for shade tree mechanical advice. Its amazing what you will come up with when necessity dictates. I recently coaxed my 4.9ltr in line 6 back onto its motor mounts after changing the oil pan gasket using a ratcheting tie down strap from the transmission tail mount to the rear axle. I ran it at an angle to guide the "drop" in the appropriate direction. I then used 6' of landscape timber wedged between the engine and frame to perform an aircraft carrier landing simulation on my misaligned engine. She wasn't happy but complied like a good girl..lol
Toga_Dan (author)  scarecreaux1 year ago
I'm not sure I get the picture. Could you draw us one? :)
Toga_Dan (author) 1 year ago
Thanks for the comments folks. I thought this was way too simple + easy to get this response.

I think this is a better solution than drilling through the wheelwell for impact wrench access. (but yeah, I did that once, too)
omnibot1 year ago
Oooh .. brilliant.
Oooh. That's good. Thanks for the hack.
Oooh. That's good. Thanks for the hack.
rimar20001 year ago
Clever solution, thanks for sharing.