NAC: The Tightest Lug Nuts Ever
gselby4x4 at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 14 16:38:30 EDT 2006
At 03:27 PM 8/14/2006, you wrote:
>Out of curiosity, has anyone broken a breaker bar doing this kind of work?
>Last time I did a timing belt job, the breaker bar seemed like it was under
>far more strain than my trusty craftsman 1/2-in ratcheting socket wrench.
I've broken a 1/2" breaker bar (the swiveling head breaks out of it's
mount,) and I've bent a couple at least 4-5" from straight (just flip it
over and bend it back it you want a straight bar, although I've sometimes
found the bend to be useful for clearance purposes.) I think that why the
recommend you use safety goggles when you use a breaker
bar. Interestingly, placing a thin leverage tube ( I use a thin wall 3"
diameter tube about 5 feet long) over the breaker bar will keep the bar
from bending while trying to loosen the same same bolt that applying force
directly to the bar will bend it. I finally had to go out and buy a 3/4"
breaker bar while installing the pinion nut on my Jeep rear axle, when the
1/2" bar started bending with the leverage tube over it I knew it wasn't
going to hold.
I've also broken a 3/8" racket directly in half (the metal bar snapped in two.)
Good thing they were all Craftsman products so I just brought the broken
stuff in and walked out with new ones.
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