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Old 06-17-2019, 02:33 PM
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Default Saving finger tips for better things

I don't know how many times I've loosened a tube nut with a Tube nut wrench, and found the nut was still is too tough to turn out by my finger tips, so I often resort to these short combination ratcheting open end wrenches. I saw them at an old CarQuest AutoParts years ago and bought the 3 piece metric and 3 piece standard ones. Realizing they have physical limitations and treated them with respect they lasted years. Got to be one of my favorite finds of odd ball tools I have acquired over the years
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:12 PM
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Default How to easily make a vacuum tube outer diameter larger

I had a small evap leak on the wife's Chrysler Mini van and found a short split straight rubber vacuum tube connector that connected 2 different sized evap tubes together just behind the air cleaner box. I quickly just attached a short 3/8" piece of fuel line between the tubes. One side did not fit as tight as the other, but let it go, and the check engine light was on within 2 days with a medium size evap leak. Sure enough, leak was the short 3/8 hose leaking at the
smaller tube connection.
Like what I did with a Ford Fuel pump tube, is I got a short piece of the appropriate size Harbor Freight Marine heat shrink tubing and carefully using a heat gun shrunk it over the plastic evap tube so now it has a proper tight fit inside the piece of 3/8" hose and no longer leaks. Saves time going to a Chrysler dealer or parts store or trying to modify some Dorman evap hose to work.
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