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Keeping your universal socket in line

When using a universal socket to access hard to reach nuts/bolts I will run a few wraps of electrical tape around it. This will keep it from being to floppy and will make it less likely to come off the nut/bolt.

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can not remove the top screw from top of starter


Thank you for the inquiry.
The key to removing the top bolt is the correct tool - a flexible socket extension.

Open the hood on the Marquis and disconnect the negative battery cable from its post with a socket wrench. Wrap the entire metal terminal end of the cable with electrical tape. As you lay the cable down within the engine area, be sure it's not in direct contact with any other metal or the engine itself.
Remove the small plastic cover on the starter's power wires to access the retaining nuts underneath it. The cover should come off by hand. If you have any trouble removing it, use a flat-head screwdriver to assist you.
Label each of the starter's wires clearly with white painter's tape before removing them. Use a socket wrench to loosen both of the nuts holding the power wires in place, then remove the nuts and wires by hand. On the 4.6-liter engine, the starter has a third wire that's a push-on connection. Remove the wire by gently pulling it off its connection.
Remove the top retaining bolt on the starter. It will require the use of a flexible socket extension bar because of the cramped space. Support the starter with one hand and remove the bottom retaining bolt. If you have a different engine other than the 4.9 liter, the starter may have a third retaining bolt. After removing the starter's retaining bolts, slowly lower the starter from its position on the engine. Install the starter by simply reversing this procedure exactly.

Jun 04, 2011 | 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis

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one side of the toilet seat has come loose and can be partially lifted


It'll take getting down on your hands and knees in front of a toilet, but oh well. :-) Look beneath the side that is loose. There will be a threaded plastic bolt coming down from the top of the toilet to below where you are looking. On this threaded bolt there is a nut that needs to be tightened. Reach up and tighten it as tight as you can with your fingers. To make it even tighter, use a pair of pliers... then just snug it firmly. For ease in getting it off another time (e.g. should you want to replace the seat cover), I suggest first taking the nut OFF. Then take plumbers silicone tape (found in the plumbing section at any hardware store; it looks like white thin, thin tape) and wrap the bolt with it. Note: you need to take pull the bolt out completely to do this. After wrapping it with silicone tape, insert it back into the hole, and then twist the nut back on; snugging-up with a pair of pliers. This will keep the nut from working itself off, and will make the nut come off easy should you ever desire. Good luck.... :-)

Feb 27, 2011 | Villeroy & Boch 9955 S1 Subway Toilet Seat...

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I HAVE A 99 CHEVY SUBURBAN. IM TRYING TO CHANGE OUT THE TRANNY WITH A REBUILT ONE. HOW DO I GET THE TOP 4 BOLTS OFF. IF U HAVE ANY IDEA I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IM NOT HAVING MUCH LUCK. IM ALSO DOING THIS ON THE FLOOR OF MY GARAGE. THANKS IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME.


Either, from in the engine well using a 14mm wrench box end on the bolt, with another wrench on the 14mm wrench, to get more leverage to break it loose, or from underneath, using a very long extension and a 14mm swivel socket, I would wrap some electrical tape around the swivel socket to keep it from flopping around.

May 09, 2010 | 1999 GMC Suburban

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having a hard time getting to the rear starter bolt on my f-250 1992 7.5 gas engine. Any tricks or tips would be greatly appreciated


a long extenion wobble socket and electrical tape the bolt to socket start by hand then tighten only wrap the bolt one time so the tape will break loose

May 08, 2010 | Ford F-250 Cars & Trucks

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serpentine belt


Hey there hardrock,
  • Get a 14mm or 9/16" socket and a long handled ratchet or breaker bar.
  • Get the belt around all the pulleys except the A/C compressor or Alternator.
  • The tensioner pulley is near the Alternator toward the center of the engine. It's on a spring loaded arm. Get your socket on the center nut of this pulley.
  • Slowly pull the ratchet toward the center of the engine. The pulley will pivot on the arm allowing you to get the belt on the final pulley.
  • Slowly release the tension.
  • You're done
Mike

Jul 15, 2008 | 1993 Honda Accord

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