If you have a bike, be it one for the mountains, beach, or for exercise, it is important to make sure it fits your body properly. After all, cycling comfort and efficiency begin with a bike that fits right.
Breaker bar- This is a very valuable tool and has saved my bacon more than once. A breaker bar is used to loosen very stubborn nuts and bolts. They come in varying lengths and I’ve seen from 17 in. long all the way up to 40 in. long. The longer the breaker bar is, the more torque it allows you to put on a nut or bolt using the concept of leverage. Do not use your ratchet to loosen stubborn nuts and bolts! It is not designed for this and you will break it.
Multipurpose lubricant- This is used when you need to loosen stubborn or seized nuts and bolts. It penetrates metal to metal contact. It also stops squeaks and drives out moisture. A common brand is WD-40 but you can also of course find it under other names.
Look over the manufactures advice on the spark plug if you are going to change it. This will tell you the correct specifications of the plug, so that you can get a suitable replacement. Obviously over the years this spark plug may no longer be available so alternatives will be suggested by the manufacturer.
Use the jack to lift the vehicle’s front and remove the jack stand. Do the same for the rear jack stand. Lower the car back onto the ground and finish tightening the lug nuts using a Best Torque Wrench Under 100. Use the star pattern. Confirm with the manufacturers instruction on proper torque settings for your type of wheels. Place back the hub caps on the wheels by pressing them back with your hands.
Telescoping magnet- This type of tool is worth its weight in gold. It is basically a small, strong magnet attached to a telescoping wand. It basically looks like a radio antenna. You will use this to pick up nuts and bolts that fall into hard-to-reach places. You will drop them and this tool will rescue you. If only they had one to pick up rubber O-rings…
Coat every part of the new bushing kit with lube. There is no such thing as too much lube in this type of repair job. Place the new bushing where the old bushing was removed by using the clamps. Reassemble the washers and nuts in the exact order as they were removed. Put the new suspension bushing assembly back into the ensemble exactly as it was removed. Make sure to follow the correct order when replacing the washers. Make sure that everything is together and prepared for tightening, then use the torque wrench to tighten the main bolt to the exact specs for your vehicle make or model. Reassemble everything else in the reverse order as it was removed, and the job is complete.