Some alternators won't start charging until they reach about 2200 rpm. A quick way to see if your alternator is charging is to start the engine and hold a screwdriver by the rear bearing, if there is a magnetic pull it's charging. Good ideas, Classic Work, Things I learned when I started out as a mechanic 46 years ago.
I'm an old guy and know or should I say do all of this. But the gasket trick was cool. I would use the kids cheep paint. and the stuck bolt thing I use a pipe at the end and put some pressure on it. then a little smack with a hammer at the bold head and it comes loose
best way to test an alternator, u dont need any tools, is to fire up your car then disconnect the battery. if the car is still running then ur alternator is good, if it dies its bad.. thats a true old school mechanics test!!!
When I cut gaskets for antique carbs and such,I first cut holes for protruding stuff like vents and tubes.Then I put minimal dabs of dark wheel bearing grease on all flat surfaces.I press the paper onto the surface. It leaves a defining line for a razor knife or good tiny scissors .Sharpening the edge on cheap worn out sockets make hole punches.So do spent 22 shells.
I know, it's old school but I'm old. My 12 volt test lite is a 55 chevy dash lite socket with 2 wires soldered to it and 2 nails soldered to them.I have an extension wire with a brass ink pen refill piece soldered to push onto one of the nails.,[ I mashed a dent in it so it will stay on the nail ! ]and put an alligator clip on the other end.After dropping it once, I put a dome of silicone on the bulb.I've had it since the '70's.
Im sorry, but this video is pretty lame these are common sense. Ive only bin working as mechanic for 8 months, yet this info is useless. Also who makes their own gaskets nowadays, its 2017 ? I guess that's the only useful part if im ever in a pinch.
No worries man. I didn't mean to sound like a know it all. I do understand I've been meaning to make a new video on the subject, and I will put some tips, and tricks worth knowing. That video is I think 3 or 4 years old. Haha we are the same age.
Classic Work im 27. Maybe when you call it mechanic edition you should have some content for mechanics. I didn't realize this was your video, I was a bit harsh. That doesn't change the fact it was useless to any actual mechanic.
Your point was that you learned nothing from my video, and that my so called "Tricks" are just tails from a "Old crack pot moron" I can tell your young 18 maybe... And I'm sorry I didn't help you with anything, but you got a lot to learn that you'll learn on your own. Good luck.
That wrench trick is something you don't want to do at a gas plant. They consider it unsafe and you can get run off for doing it.
Of course some of them have rules that seem silly to some. I did a job at one where riggers boots were banned. Some guy slipped while climbing a ladder and instead of admitting he was clumsy he blamed the lack of a heel on his boot.
My dad was a mechanic so I learned a lot of this kind of stuff when I was pretty young. I worked in a shop with two other mechanics and we had a rusty old Dodge to do a wheel alignment on. The first mechanic, Joe, was trying to break a rusty nut loose and the wrench slipped and he broke a finger. Roger took over and did the same thing.The service manager didn't want me to do the job in case I repeated that mistake and I assured him I wouldn't. All I did was to use enough extensions to get my hands above the fender and it was done in no time.
I think we need to share our tips with other people so things get easier and better for everyone.
That first technique, I used to bust a Allen head bolt loose on my truck. Works great just wear gloves, ended up splitting my middle (🖕🏻)finger right across the knuckle(real knuckle buster). 4 stitches later I still use that technique👍🏻
I already knew these tricks myself, but they are helpful for those folks still learning. If I may, I'd like to add one to your list .
When reassembling something that has screws or cap-screws going into soft materials, such as aluminum or plastic, cross-threading them can be a problem. I found that if you lightly turn the fastener counter-clockwise first until you feel the threads "click" a bit and drop, that's you finding the original threads. The fastener should then spin easily onto the hole. If there is too much resistance, you missed, so undo it and try again. This technique saves you from cross-threading or 'wallowing-out' the threads and needing to go to a larger fastener down the line. I just hope that I explained it clearly enough to follow without a video.
youtubeisfullofspam sounds like you have not gotten enough bozo buttons, so please that this as a virtual bozo button and keep your disrespectful comments to yourself. If you didn't learn anything then you weren't paying attention.
Well do you know the firing order of a L6? Do you know the first commercially made american V6? Do you know what year the first gasoline power car was made? Do you know what the first Diesel engine ran off of? Do you know what size a 1961 806 IH has for a engine? If you can answer all that you will have my respect, and guess what? You might have learned something.
that's old school tricks that was taught to me in the field doing heavy equipment a lot of times we couldn't get the gaskets so we had to tap them out and sometimes just couldn't get an impact in to some of the places so we use a cheater wrench and the spark plug is something my daddy showed me when I was like 5
good video. here's a trick that I have use many times. Some times when using a socket extension for removing or installing a nut or bolt in a hard to reach area, put a piece of paper towel in the socket to keep said nut or bolt from fall out of it.
nice clip on mech tricks but wouldn't recommend double spanner tightening up I can see a lot of hobbyist or DIYérs snapping bolts and studs from going over tight. (fellow mechanics should like this one) As I used to say when people used to ask how do you know when a bolt is tight enough. and I would tell them to keep tightening it up until it strips then back off 1/2 turn
My free tip for all hand tool use (spanners, screwdrivers etc.) is to use a tool that fits the job. While a spanner that's not quite the right size will often work, when that work gets real serious a tight-fitting spanner is worth a hell of a lot. Spanners can also be 'extended' with steel pipe. That's a safer option than using a second spanner and also better for the spanner you're abusing.
+Classic Work The phrase we use that makes no sense is: "two countries separated by a common language".
Have you come across the Snap-On (?) 'flank drive' spanners/sockets ? They feel loose compared to 'proper' ones ? I much prefer proper ones - and if the nut is big and tight, it's great to have to persuade the socket onto the nut with a hammer - a sure good fit for reliable grip!
+Classic Work I'd always assumed a 'spanner' was so called as it spanned the nut you're about to tighten. 'Wrench' is 'wrong' as wrench is a twisting action - more like via a socket which applies an axial twist to a nut whereas a spanner applies the force from one side. Nearest the UK gets to wrenches is a 'tap-wrench' - for holding a thread-cutting tap.
remember, people like us were smarter back then. now days, these kids dont know there head from there ass let alone what a wrench is. So to them these are tricks :) Hes showing the new age noobs!
Good Job tho!!
I've been using these "tricks" for decades myself. Even used the spark plug "trick" today to test my leaf blower. But this is still a good video for those newbies who haven't developed any common sense skills like you and I have. I don't have a ball peen hammer, so I use an Exacto knife to trim my gaskets to fit.
+nitrous07me His angle of tapping wasn't the best when he started around the outside - which is why he had difficulties following the shape accurately at the half-way point. My tip on home made gaskets is that Kellogg's (and probably others) cereal packets make a good gasket material !
When you are doing this wrench trick be careful because their is a small possibility, if you have low cost tools mostly, to bend the open end of the first wrench or even snap one off. But as long as you have good tools and keep them straight like he said this is a trick I have used for years and teach to all I work with.
A trick I learned long ago that has served me well over the years: to get fiberglass insulation out of your skin after crawling through an attic, or rooting around in a wall looking for that wire you fed in, use an old nylon, or a leg out of your ladies panty hose. The super fine mesh will catch the fibers and pull them out. Lots easier on your hair than duct tape and cheaper too.
The wrench trick is a true classic. And if you're using a breaker bar and a floor jack, you can take off the pipe that is the jack handle and use it as a "force multiplier" too. I wouldn't recommend it with a ratchet because you'll wreck your ratchet. But it works. Even for stuck mercedes lug bolts. (Grrr...)
+Richard Squires - Some heat (heat gun, torch...) applied in those nuts can make a huge difference. ;-) BTW newer Mercedes have thread lock factory applied in almost every bolt which makes them a bit more stubborn than usual. ;-)
My little tip- carry a good jack knife and bandages and a needle as well in your wallet to pull splinters- you will need all! :) Great little vid on makin do! A cheap voltmeter indicator in your cigarette lighter from hong Kong ebay about a buck with digital voltage readout- great for marginal batteries or high draw machine. Check for oxidation especially aluminum under distributor cap- flick it off with a knife point. A 12V tester with sharp points to get through insulation to wire is really handy troubleshooting .cheers
I don't think there are many mechanics left,they call them selves technicians now.they don't fix anything they just replace parts.mechanics learn from experience, technicians go to school and very few become mechanics.
Would you rather me spend costly to you hours repairing parts that don't pay me to repair, or get a new or remanned part with warranty. Sometimes diagnostics on complicated systems can eat our lunch, and we aren't charging you for a lot of it. If I diagnose it is a $60 part..why would you want to spend $160 labor for me to rebuild it? Diagnostic is the the key...and the flate rate tech has to be quick about it..it is a continuously learning process.
*_"...technicians do not fix the bad part they replace it."_*
Why "fix" a bad part if a new, or already rebuilt replacement part is readily available at a cost effective price?
*_"mechanics rebuild the part."_*
How many "modern" mechanical parts are "rebuildable" *_on site_*, again, at a cost effective price?
+Daniel Sierra We call the gasket materials either Klingerite or Victrite. Not sure about the spelling as there probably not English words.
Klingerite is feels like a high quality thick carton material, but it's not paper.
Victorite is made up of compressed layers, if bent it easily delaminates & becomes useless. Victorite is good for hot applications.
i like your handy trick video! about your first one, in fact i would say it's not even only if you dont have an impact, the guy who teached me that, he had a cheaper electric one, and when it wouldint give we used to do that and it would come right off! we've even broke bolt with that sometimes so much it's strong, well with a pipe,