How To Use A Socket Wrench?

How does a socket wrench work?

A socket wrench is a hand tool with a ratcheting mechanism on its head. The ratcheting part attaches to a variety of sockets by way of a square nub called the drive. The ratchet can be set to loosen or tighten a nut. The ratchet keeps the socket in place while you turn the wrench handle.

How do you attach a socket wrench?

Attach the socket to the head of the wrench – you should hear a click when its properly in place. Select the direction using the flip switch to decide between loosening and tightening. Place the socket on the nut. Twist it back in the opposite direction and repeat until the bolt is fully loosened or tightened.

How do you loosen a socket wrench?

When looking down on the head of the ratchet, it should turn the socket clockwise to tighten a fastener, and anti-clockwise to loosen it. If the ratchet is turning the socket in the wrong direction, move the lever or dial switch on the back of the ratchet head into the other position.

What can I use instead of a socket wrench?

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What size socket wrench do I need?

Common ratchet sizes include 1/4-inch drive, 1/2-inch drive and 3/8-inch drive. Having different socket wrench sizes will allow you to operate different socket sizes based on your particular needs. Most ratchets use a geared drive.

How do I know my socket size?

Drive Hole indicates the size of the drive hole (also referred to as the “driver hole” or “square hole”), which determines the torque size of the driver tool you’ll need. For example, you’d use a ½-inch drive socket with a ½-inch drive ratchet. L indicates the overall socket length.

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How do I change a wrench head socket?

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How do you use a Craftsman socket wrench?

How to Use a Socket Wrench

  • Select the right socket for the job; your socket set may include a dozen or more sockets.
  • Attach the socket to the handle by sliding the square hole in the socket onto the square knob on the handle.
  • Select direction.
  • Place the socket on the nut you need to turn.

What is a ratcheting wrench?

What is a Ratcheting Wrench? A ratcheting wrench works virtually identical to a socket wrench – it has ratcheting pawls inside that lets it spin in one direction and turn the bolt in the other. At the same time, it has the relative profile of a combination wrench that you turn to when a socket won’t fit.

How do you use a 10mm socket wrench?

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How do you release a ratchet socket?

If your ratchet has a button on the top of the end where the socket attaches, you have a quick-release ratchet. Depress the button to release the socket and pull it off.

How do I know what size ratchet I need?

Drive sizes

  1. 1/4 inch – Used for smaller sockets and precision work.
  2. 3/8 inch – The middle sized, and in my opinion, most useful size for general use on a car.
  3. 1/2 inch – 1/2″ sockets are generally used for nuts and bolts from around 10mm and up.