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View Poll Results: Push or Pull?
Push on the wrench and risk busting knuckles. 2 7.41%
Pull on the wrench and risk a self served knuckle sandwich. 22 81.48%
Sit and pout, since there's no impact wrench around and no wd40/pb blaster around either. 3 11.11%
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Old 10-01-2007, 12:46 PM
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a debate on wrenching sticky nuts- push or pull?

So you're under some car- the disposable commuter car or your classic muscle machine, maybe a motorcycle (well, that would be more beside).

There's a nut (or bolt) you are trying to remove, it's sticking so it's not coming out without a fight, and assuming there's enough room that you can push on the wrench to loosen it, and pull on the wrench as well, what would you try to do?

Vote and debate... push or pull?
-Matt

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Well, I didn't vote on this one because there's always another option:

I'd wear work gloves while wrenching the bolt loose. If gloves aren't available, then I'd wrap my knuckles in a shop towel for protection.

Call me a sissy, but I've lost enough skin off my hands in the past to know better now.....

And then I'd tap it loose with a hammer......
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:21 PM
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I'd pull it toward me, over my chest or stomach and not my face. You can use some of your body weight to help break the bolt loose that way, or else just break the bolt.
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depends on how the bolt is located......you can always link wrenches or use a piece of pipe
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I voted pull. Ask me about the scar on the side of my nose.
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It depends on the situation....location.....room involved, etc.
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I voted pull. Ask me about the scar on the side of my nose.
So what about that scar???

Pull, you have more control
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So what about that scar???
Metal hits nose, nose hurts, nose bleeds, leads to scar to forever remind me I am a retard.
I know I am going to keep digging myself a hole on this one, but the scar between my eyes makes me feel even dumber.
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I didn't vote

BOTH...

Go to where ever the engine is located pull the dipstick & get som slick ums...

put thus slick ums on inflicted said bolt & wiggle it Back & forth & wiggle it Back & forth & wiggle it Back & forth

sooner or later something is gonna bust chances are its that POS tool that you found somewhere.

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Call me a sissy, but I've lost enough skin off my hands in the past to know better now.....
Right on Brother!

Any one who has to get a nose or a nipple pierced ain't turned enuf wrenched.





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Metal hits nose, nose hurts, nose bleeds, leads to scar to forever remind me I am a retard.
I know I am going to keep digging myself a hole on this one, but the scar between my eyes makes me feel even dumber.
happened to me when I was a junior in HS... changing oil in a 1953 Ford 8n, couldn't find proper size wrench so I used an adjustable. Grandpa has never changed it since he'd get dizzy whenever he'd look upwards, and I had finally convinced Grandma to get some oil and filter for it (with me there making sure she got the right parts). Well, I was pulling on the thing and it came loose, and with it I got a scar right between my eyes. It looks like if ya dig your fingernail in your skin for a few moments and that little crescent shape is there.

Next time: get a proper sized quality made wrench. Chinese garbage tool co. has looser specs, which usually result in slipping tools.
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Well, I didn't vote on this one because there's always another option:

I'd wear work gloves while wrenching the bolt loose. If gloves aren't available, then I'd wrap my knuckles in a shop towel for protection.

Call me a sissy, but I've lost enough skin off my hands in the past to know better now.....

And then I'd tap it loose with a hammer......
It's probably best I adopt those habits- not only would it save me lots of misery, but it'd ensure that my girlfriend continues her support for my wrench turning activities. <of course she wouldn't want me to get hurt
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Call me a sissy, but I've lost enough skin off my hands in the past to know better now.....
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Looking at a scar righ now on my right hand .....took the mechanics gloves off since i wasnt going to be doinanything to bust a knuckle .....then shaved the skin off the side of my hand on a bracket.....#@^^ hyundai
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Should have had another vote on "Sucker your kid brother or your dumb nephew into doing it for you"
Works very well for me!!
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#@^^ hyundai
Shane
Ah Hyundais . . . been there, done that! I have a '94 Hyundai Excel for a work car and I gotta admit I just love the little booger -> it's about as basic as a car gets, power steering, a/c, etc. weren't even options! Basically the Korean model T! If you go to their website they even let ya download the factory service manual in Adobe pdf format which is great 'cause you can print a page and take it out to the garage with ya and you don't have to worry about getting it greasy and stuff. It's been rock solid reliable, the only real problem has been a timing belt tensioner that let go at 50,000 - fortunately it didn't jump time as it's an interference engine.

Anyway, I couldn't get the nut on the dampener to break loose for love nor money! I finally went down and talked to the local Hyundai mechanic and he kinda chuckled and was nice enough to loan me a SnapOn air impact. He said that was an issue on those years of cars . . . it seems that the guy on the assembly line that put that nut on also put another one on, the top of the strut I believe, anyway the one nut needed a gazillion foot pounds more than the crank nut did but to do two different torque's he'd have to change tools and that was evidently too difficult so he'd just use the high torque tool on every nut of that size!!! Misnerablesonofa . . .
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I voted for sit and pout

Nah, I'll take pull for 100 alex, more control and I have enough scars on my hands and knuckles (including a nice introduction into why if its on the lift and something falls....let it fall) I figure at the least pulling will balance out the scars
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