As the old, wrench-wielding mechanics retire and young mechanics crank up the torque on their air tools it gets harder and harder for regular guys like me to perform routine maintenance on our cars using traditional tools. I’m a physically fit 34 year-old man, it shouldn’t take a can of WD40, a hammer, a steel pipe for leverage and a sore back to change my brakes and rotors. I just snapped a wheel lug stud trying to remove my tire and I almost pulled my car off of the jack stands taking off my caliper.
Is it just me or are shop mechanics using air ratchets to tighten bolts so tight that anyone armed with a wrench will be punished with mental and physical pain for attempting to perform a simple auto job at home? I think that its a conspiracy.
To any mechanics reading this… go easy on us weekenders, tighten bolts by hand like our dads and grandfathers did. We’ll still give you plenty of business after we screw something up.