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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:09 pm 
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As anyone who has done LIM's or removed their fuel rail or TB can tell you, those nuts are a royal pain in the butt to get back on by hand. I saw this trick on a TV show and tried it out when I did my LIM's and it worked like a charm.

Trick is: Take a small telescoping magnet, the ones with the LED in the middle work excellently (center nut on it and let light shine through), and put the nut on it and use that to get it in place and started on the threads. Then you can slide it off and use your socket and extension and tighten it down w/o losing the nut. Works great! I don't have any pictures, but you can figure that part out, lol.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:41 pm 
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Great plan. Another one that I have used it to put a dab of dielectric grease on the nut or bolt, then put it in the socket. The grease helps hold it in place in the socket.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:06 pm 
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Y'know, why can't someone come up with magnetized sockets, or extensions with magnets in them??

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:48 pm 
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I don't know about you guys but I don't need any tips for small nuts...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:39 am 
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I knew someone was gonna make a joke...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:03 am 
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I don't know about you guys but I don't need any tips for small nuts...

I dont't have this problem... :poke:

I was actually thinking about thread title jokes since this went up, lol. :btruestory:

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I used bubble gum inside the sockets, but magnetic sockets would be better. The bubble gum becomes less sticky as it dries, and can sometimes be difficult to clean out from the socket. But, in a pinch, it got the job done for me. After wasting a bunch of time fishing dropped fasteners out from their hiding places on the engine, I had to come up with something. BTW, the bubble gum, on the tip of a screwdriver, was also useful for getting the fasteners out of narrow spaces where fingers could not reach.

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I've been using most of these tricks since my F4 Phantom days. Many of the fasteners were 'blind', and required a mirror and a tool, leaving no hand free to hold the fastener. Even a small piece of tape over one of the 'flats' of the socket will be enough to hold one of Ed's tiny nuts.

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