When and How to Use a Fan Clutch Wrench

When and How to Use a Fan Clutch Wrench
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What is a fan clutch wrench you may be asking yourself. It is a tool that is used for removing a fan clutch. If you do not know what that is, it is part of a cooling system on some vehicles. To explain how one works, it spins free until heated, then engages to draw hot air through the fins of a radiator in a vehicle. Now not all vehicles have one there are a select few that have them such as some Dodge, Chevy and Ford trucks.If you are a DYI (Do It Yourself) type person, you would need a wrench to be able to change the fan clutch itself or a water pump. You have to remove the fan clutch to be able to gain access to the water pump. If you do not use the proper tool it will result in damaging the clutch or water pump.

Most clutch tools involve two separate pieces, one to hold the water pump pulley in place and the second is to loosen or tighten the nut. Use the spanner tool to hold the pulley into place and then using the wrench itself, loosen the nut. Certain vehicles the threading is different, some are threaded to the right and some are threaded to the left, to lower the risk of damage, be sure to check the vehicle repair manual. These tools are a must have to get the job done right.

Safety is always first and foremost, so be sure you use the correct tool for the task at hand.

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Top 12 Compressed Air Safety Guidelines

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With the use of compressed air, industry today does everything from running huge equipment to powering simple air tools. Compressed air is a valuable tool but can also be very dangerous when used in an unsafe manner.

If you work with Compressed Air…be sure that you follow these safety guidelines:

1. Never apply compressed air to the skin or direct it at a person. Even air at a pressure of 15 psig can cause serious injury. Never use a compressed air hose to clean dirt or dust from your clothing or body.

2. When using compressed air for cleaning purposes, ensure pressure does not exceed 30 psig (per OSHA regulations). Always use goggles or a face shield over approved safety glasses for this application.

3. Wear ear protection. Exposure to excessive noise can damage hearing. Noise reducing mufflers can be fitted to machines to lessen the noise health hazard.

4. Never crimp, couple, or uncouple pressurized hose. Shut off valves and bleed down pressure before making any hose connections.

5. Use heavy duty clamps and fittings made especially for compressed air hose. Use only the correct type and size of hose end fittings and connections.

6. Never use frayed, damaged or deteriorated hoses. Always store hoses properly and away from heat sources or direct sunlight. A hose failure can cause serious injury. Hose Reels can decrease your chances of injury, as well as help hoses last longer.

7. When blowing compressed air through a hose or air line, ensure that the open end is held securely. A free end can whip and can cause injury. Open the supply air valve carefully and ensure that any ejected particles will be restrained. A blocked hose can become a dangerous “compressed air gun.”

8. Make sure all hoses exceeding 1/2 inch ID have a safety device at the source of supply or branch line to reduce the pressure in case of hose failure (per OSHA regulations).

9. Do not use air directly from a compressor for breathing purposes unless the system has been specifically designed for such purpose and suitable breathing air filters and regulators are in place.

10. Isolating valves should be of the self venting type and designed to be locking in the “off” position so that air pressure cannot be applied accidentally while the machine is being worked on.

11. Never alter or install an A.S.M.E. safety relief valve that has a higher PSIG rating than the pressure vessel rating to which it is installed.

12. Only pressure vessels built to a national or international standard should be used for air receivers.

OSHA says…Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”. Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to “comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act”.

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How to Choose Your Axle Gear Ratio – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

How to Choose Your Axle Gear Ratio

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In this video, I discuss some of the reasons to change your axle gears, as well as a formula to calculate the best gear ratio based on your tire size. All the parts you’ll need to regear front and rear axles:

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Refrigerated Truck Alternative

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A refrigerated truck is often the reason a business survives or fails because of the expenses related to them. Today’s economic challenges have brought forth some unique solutions for several businesses. Ideal for practically any industry that makes use of a cooling system, portable refrigerated trailers have been used by supermarkets, caterers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, fast food chains and a large number of other small and large businesses, as well as a variety of individuals for personal home use.

Save on Space

Unlike large, loud and smelly diesel truck refrigeration units, this innovative refrigerated truck alternative is available in a variety of units and a number of sizes to fit into small spaces not suitable for industry sized trucks. The 8 to 16 foot units are perfect for small businesses without a lot of room for a large standard size 48 foot truck. These units can fit practically anywhere and perfect on gravel, pavement, even grass. They will fit much more easily into a tight space than a large industry sized refrigerated truck will, and there is no danger in placing it on a slope. While large industry sized trucks should not be parked on a slope because of the risk of injury, portable refrigerated trailers can easily rest on practically any surface. They can be positioned inside or outside.

Save on Cost

In comparison with big industrial trucks, these units are extremely cost effective in today’s sliding economy. Many smaller businesses find they don’t really need the space an industry sized 48 foot refrigerated truck provides. However, even if you don’t use that space, you are still paying for it. With the rising cost of diesel fuel, why not opt for a portable refrigerated trailer that doesn’t require diesel fuel to begin with? Simply pull the unit up to your business or home and plug it in to a 110 volt power supply. With this refrigerated truck alternative, you will save a multitude of money on diesel fuel delivery and running costs.

Eliminate Odor

Gone are the days of truck trailers that reek of smelly fuel. Refrigerated trucks require diesel fuel for the cooling unit to keep running properly. Most of these convenient refrigerated truck alternatives run on a 110 volt system, requiring as little as 15 amps of power. In addition, some portable refrigerated trailers are available with a generator backup and thermostatically controlled environment.

Enjoy Convenience

Portable refrigerated trailer units can easily be positioned for convenient ground-level entry. Forget the hassle of dangerous and costly ramps. These refrigerated trailer units can be conveniently placed at any level suitable for your business or personal needs. The last decade has proven that smart businesses are going to the small reefer trailer over the refrigerated truck.

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Fixing a Contaminated Diesel Engine

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There have been many cases of diesel engines being contaminated by fungus. Ignoring this problem can cause your car or truck to not function properly or even at all. This happens when you fill up with already contaminated or your fuel tank has a hole. If your tank has a hole moisture can get into the tank and allow fungus to form.

If your car has been acting strangely lately if could be due to fungus. To find out you need to look at your filler pipe and cap, this is where it would form. You can also take a clean stick and put it into your fuel tank, once you take it out if you see unusual pieces of material than you know you have fungus growing in your tank. In some extreme cases, when you open your fuel tank you may even get an undesirable rotten egg smell.

If you have successfully diagnosed your engine for fungus than you must remove it. To do this you must pour biocide that is designed to kill fungus into the fuel tank. You should only add this chemical to your tank when you are filling it with normal fuel. Never add biocide to an empty tank. For serve amounts of fungus you might have to completely empty the tank and clean it out with a steam cleaner. Once it has been cleaned than you can refill the tank with fuel and some biocide. If you even think you are buying contaminated fuel, cover the fuel nozzle with a filter and if you see any contaminants than you know you must immediately add in biocide.

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Fuel Pump Cutoff Switch

Fuel Pump Cutoff Switch
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Materials needed:

-14g AWG wire, at least 10ft just to have enough.

-Single Pole Double Throw switch (your basic on / off switch).

-Tools necessary to remove the interior panels or seats to access the pump wires.

-Locate your fuel pump by way of the service manual for your car or truck.

-Remove necessary panels or seats to access the pump wires.

-There should be two wires going to the pump, one black (ground), the other colored in some manner (power).

-Find a good place to put the switch. Somewhere no one will see it or guess that it's there. Mine is in my center console, but I have a secondary, redundant switch …

-Attach one wire to each post on the switch and secure them with solder, electrical tape, etc. Make sure you leave enough wire to reach from both posts to the pump wires.

-Cut a hole big enough for the circular body of the switch will fit through and mount it there.

-Cut the power wire far enough away from the pump that you can remove the switch and reattach the original wires if you want to.

-Splice the new wires onto the old wires with solder or electrical tape.

-Test the pump and switch to make sure they work correctly by putting the switch in the "OFF" position and turning the key into the "ON" position. The fuel pump should not come on as characterized by a fault buzz or whine. Now put the switch in the "ON" position and turn the key into the "ON" position. The pump should turn on to pressurize the system.

Now you're done.

Make sure you do not forget that you have the switch so that when you go to start your car or truck, it will fire up with the fuel pump on. It's not a bad thing if your pump is not on, but it is a nuisance to have the engine fire up then die 3 seconds later.

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I Bought Cheap Tires – Operation Cheap Jeep – Kansas City Trailer Repair – By USTrailer.com

I Bought Cheap Tires - Operation Cheap Jeep

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Operation Cheap Jeep continues on BleepinJeep! In this installment I buy some cheap tires for a cheap Jeep. But hey, they look really good, they ride really good, will they offroad really good? Stay tuned to find out! But in this episode I want to talk a little about road force balancing or force matching. If you’ve never heard of it don’t be ashamed, I had’t either until I went over to Jason’s shop at Rock Your 4×4! Ohh and by the way, we are raffling this thing off at the Jeep Invasion in August!

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