A Mechanic's Guide to Maintaining Automotive Power Tools

There are many different types of automotive power tools that serve a variety of purposes, from removing nuts and bolts to securing parts. When purchasing automotive power tools, it is important to consider several factors such as brand and quality of the tool. Automotive power tools can be costly so you should keep in mind that regular maintenance is necessary to keep the tools in good working order.

Pneumatic Tools

Pneumatic tools are also known as air compressor tools and are often faster, lighter, and more powerful than other types of tools. Pneumatic tools use an air compressor to generate torque as opposed to having to use your own strength. There are a variety of air compressor tools including impact wrenches, heavy duty air drills, pneumatic screwdrivers, and more. While exact maintenance needs will vary for each specific type of tool, there are some general maintenance tips that can be followed. Air compressors should be checked regularly. This includes checking the compressor pump oil level, changing the oil, and checking the air filter and air element.

Automotive Sanders

There are several different types of automotive sanders including dual action sanders, jitterbug sanders, and orbital sanders. Different types of sanders are used for different materials and are often rated according to the materials they sand and their power. It is important to maintain sanders for safety purposes. They should be periodically checked to ensure that all parts are working correctly. Sanders should also be cleaned regularly as part of their routine maintenance.

Car Polishers

Professional detailers often use circular polishers to apply compounds such as wax. Car polishers differ from normal restoration tools in the type of polishing pads that are used. Automotive car polishers are very powerful and can damage vehicles if used incorrectly. You should regularly check the speed controls on your car polisher as well as checking the lock that allows continuous speed control.

Pipe Flaring Tools

Pipe flaring tools are composed of two parts; a set of bars with holes in different diameters in which pipes can be inserted in order to shape them while the yoke drives a cone into the mouth of the pipe. Many flaring tools are also known as cutting tools because the also have a pipe cutting feature. To maintain pipe flaring tools, you should periodically check the cutter blades.

Automotive Power Tool Safety

In addition to maintaining automotive power tools to keep them working properly, safety is another factor. Tools that are regularly maintained are less likely to malfunction and contribute to injuries. While regular maintenance is important, you should also practice some basic safety when using automotive power tools. Prior to using new tools, instructions should be read carefully. Your eyes should be protected with safety goggles whenever you are in the vicinity of an automotive power tool that is being used. Tools should never be carried by their cords and should always be unplugged when not in use. Many automotive power tools are quite loud, so protecting your hearing with the use of earplugs is advised. You should also never wear jewelry or loose clothing when using power tools. Hair should be kept back and gloves should be worn to protect hands.

With regular maintenance and basic safety tips, you can keep automotive power tools working correctly while maintaining safety. For more tips on maintaining automotive power tools, visit the pages listed below.


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