Mechanic tools and technical terms

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Tools

1. Battery electrolyte tester

A handy tool for transferring sulfuric acid from a car battery to the inside of your toolbox after determining that your battery is dead as a doornail, just as you thought.

Example: We used a battery electrolyte tester in fisic class.




2. Drill Press
A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out ofyour hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, splattering it against that freshly painted part you were drying.
Example: They buy a drill press for there workroom.



3. Electric hand drill
Normally used for spinning steel Pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age, but it also works great for drilling mounting holes in fenders just above thebrake line that goes to the rear wheel.
Example: Jeremy needed a electric hand drill so he could make a hole in the wall.



4. Hammer
Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.
Example: Every carpenter needs a hammer to make his work.



5. Hose cutter
Atool used to cut hoses ½ inch too short.
Example: Sarah cut the cable with her hose cutter.




6. Hydraulic floor jack
Used for lowering a car to the ground after you have installed new front disk brake pads, trapping the jack handle firmly under the front fender.
Example: We need a hydraulic floor jack to get the wheel off the car.


7. Oxyacetylene torch
Used almostentirely for lighting various flammable objects in your garage on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside a brake drum you're trying to get the bearing race out of.
Example: They glued those metals with the oxyacetylene torch.




8. Phillips screwdriver
Normally used to stab the lids of old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splash oil on your shirt; can also be used, as the nameimplies, to round off Phillips screw heads.
Example: Daniel buy a full set of phillips screwdriver.





9. Pliers
Used to round off bolt heads.
Example: She break that part with the pliers.




10. Trouble Light
The mechanic's own tanning booth. Sometimes called a drop light, it is a good source of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin," which is not otherwise found underautomobiles at night. Health benefits aside, its main purpose is to consume 40-watt light bulbs at about the same rate that 105-mm howitzer shells might be used during, say, the first few hours of the Battle of the Bulge. More often dark than light, its name is somewhat misleading.
Example: The light come out of the trouble light.


11. Two-ton hydraulic engine hoist
A handy tool for testing thetensile strength of ground straps and brake lines you may have forgotten to disconnect.
Example: Move the motor with the two-ton hydraulic engine hoist.




12. Vise-grips
Used to round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
Example: Unscrew the fastener with that vise-grips.




13. Whitworthsockets
Once used for working on older British cars and motorcycles, they are now used mainly for impersonating that 9/16 or ½ socket you've been searching for the last 15 minutes.
Example: Put the whitworth sockets on the ratchet.





14. E-Z Out Bolt and Stud Extractor
A tool that snaps off in bolt holes and is ten times harder than any known drill bit.
Example: A studextractor is a rare piece.




15. Wrench
Provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects.
Example: Gabriel's wrench broke.




16. Ratchet
Tool on which you can exert a great amount of force before the socket to which it is attached looses purchase on the rounded shoulders of the bolt with which it was engaged, resulting in the loss of skin on and around...
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