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Tips and tricks

ak diesel driver

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I thought I'd start a thread where everyone could share a little tip or trick they've used to make life easier whilst wrenching.

So I spent most of the day trying to bleed the clutch on my Escort. Put in a new master cylinder and then tried everything I could think of the get it bleed. Finally had my brother come over to help me and he suggested using an old style oil squirt gun to reverse bleed it. So I bought a brand new one and a piece of clear tubing, so I could see air in the line, and it worked great the first try.
 

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So you used it like a mighty vac. I want one of those one day. I like the Motive power bleeder for things like that too. Once used an adaptation of the idea to help start a big diesel truck that had been sitting for a long time. I had a pump up sprayer I put some diesel in then plumbed it inline right before the filter pumped it up and bled the IP line and wallah had a fresh clean diesel supply with pressure at the IP.
 

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Working on my boat this evening I dropped a SS bolt that went under the i/o engine. So couldn’t get it with magnet pickup tool uhhhggg. It’s tight and can’t really see under engine or get under there. So I had the wife help me. She came down with her phone and I I called her phone on FaceTime and used my phone for a camera then hers as a view scope. The bolt was behind some hoses and couldn’t get it directly with my finger tool but was able to sweep it to where I could get to it.
 

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This is the bolt. The red cap thingy is the bilge pump. It was just out of reach trying to feel for it. I took a few pictures to find it as you can imagine a couple of pics were blurry and did not reveal anything but they are digital so just erase them. Then thought I need real-time and said let me facetime wife's phone.

It worked pretty well just had to get some extra light under there to see the phone video. The picture took with flash. Flashlight wouldn't work concurrently with facetime. Also, found the terminal guard for the relay.

It was a pain to retrieve. Couldn't come in from this side with finger tool but had best camera view. Was able to sweep it to a more accessible location for retrieval.
 

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If you ever have problems bleeding a brake our clutch system. Try this gem.


I had an s-10 clutch I cold not get too bleed. I tried many different ways. I went and purchased this gem. I was done in a few seconds.
 
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