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Best tool for holding crank still whilst tightening/ removing crank bolt?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.8L DOHC' started by 95GTOwner, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. BOSS302man

    BOSS302man FEOA Donator

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    Can't 'beet' that idea!
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    if the trans is off, many auto parts stores carry (on the shelf) a flywheel holder. you just bolt it up in one of the holes for the trans and it has 2 teeth that hold the flywheel in place.
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    Confirmed on the corded electric impacts. They'll take off what you can remove with a regular ratchet but not much more.

    My cordless, however...that's 780lbs working and 1100 "nut busting" so it'll do some work. Cost $460 though but it's cheaper now...a tick under $400.
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    The upside to those corded and cheaper cordless impacts is they'll zing many fasteners off a lot quicker than you can do it by hand, saving a boat load of time.

    Most aren't that tight in the first place. It's rare to need crazy power. When I stripped my other Escort down to scrap it, I used Harbor Freight's battery impact almost exclusively. I don't find the IR W7150 electric and Nitrocat 1250K air necessary MOST of the time from a brute force standpoint but they're just a helluva lot faster on what the old one could also remove.

    So yeah in short, even the "weak" ones have their place...if for no other reason than to save your back or time.
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    A cordless drill can be better than a wannabee impact.
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    A cordless drill doesn't function the same way an impact does.
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    ...yes, I know.
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    So it can't be better. Only different.
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    You're thinking in absolutes. "Can" doesn't translate to "always." Instead of buying a "weak/cheap" impact, consider the good cordless drill that many of us already have.
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    Except it can't. Because it's not the same thing. At all. Not even in some ways. It doesn't do the same thing.

    If you want to spin something, get a drill. If you want to beat it off, get an impact.
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    Correction: Get a *REAL* impact.
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    Well a real drill isn't going to do you any favors over a wimpy impact if you need to beat off a fastener, since a drill will just stop.

    My HF impact was what you might call wimpy but it did its job.
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    Experiences differ. My drill does better than another Harbor Freight "impact" purchased several years ago.
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    My drill is a Porter Cable with good power and speed but it still doesn't do what even HF's cheap battery impact will do.

    Having said that, I got rid of it because of how fast the batteries ran down. It was really useful otherwise. Tore down the first Escort with it, just had to keep batteries on the charger. It failed on some crossmember bolts and axle nuts but that's about it.

    I replaced it with the biggest step up I could find though so there's no doubt about capability now. Axle nut? What axle nut? Oh you mean the one on the floor already.
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    You guys done?
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    Nevaaaaaa!

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