Powerbuilt Tool Challenge - Completing a 100,000 Mile Maintenance Using Just One Tool Set
Here's a challenge for you: can you perform the 100,000-mile service on your vehicle using only one tool set?
Of course it depends on the vehicle and the tool set. If you happen to have a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and the Powerbuilt 200 Piece Master Mechanic's Service Tool Set - the answer is "Yes you can!" .
That's what our staffer Greg discovered when he challenged himself to complete the necessary 100,000-mile maintenance along with a couple other minor fixes on his Wrangler.
Here are the jobs he attempted to complete using only the Powerbuilt 200 piece set:
- Remove and replace wheels and spacers
- Remove and replace calipers and brackets
- Replace rotors and pads
- Bleed brakes
- Replace oil, air and fuel filters
- Replace spark plugs
- Replace serpentine belt, tensioner and idler pulley
- Replace EVAP canister
- Replace soft top
- Replace passenger side mirror
Four hours and a couple beers later, he successfully completed the challenge, using just the toolset and a pair of Powerbuilt 3 Ton Unijacks
The Unijack eliminates the need for jackstands
Greg offered the following comments about the challenge:
Removing Lug Nuts
The set had the 1/2" drive 3/4" deep socket I needed to remove the lug nuts on the Jeep as well as most other passenger vehicles on the road. The set includes 17mm, 19mm, 21mm, 13/16" and 7/8" deep sockets (among others).
The sockets are chrome, so using an impact gun isn't an option. I admit I was tempted to use a cheater bar, but that would have been...cheating. Loosening the lug nuts using the 1/2" drive ratchet was tough, but the ratchet held up fine.
I held up OK too, since the 90 tooth ratchets in the set have with wide comfortable flat handles. That made applying all that torque more comfortable than using a round handle ratchet. Nevertheless, as I recall, a beer was consumed sometime during the wheel removal part of the challenge.
This wouldn't be possible if the set didn't include a wide range of hex bit and Torx bits and Torx bit sockets. The set includes Torx bits and sockets from T-10 to T-55 and a wide range of SAE and metric hex bits and sockets. I also used the Torx bits to remove and replace the soft top and side mirror.
I avoided the need for a brake bleeding kit by using the gravity method to bleed the brakes.
Pretty straightforward, mostly because I was able to spin the old filter off by hand. Got lucky on that one!
Replacing Spark Plugs
Easy to do using the 5/8" spark plug socket. The set has a 13/16" plug socket as well. It's nice that the set has a couple wobble-end extension bars. Those come in handy when trying to reach those deeper spark plugs.
Changing Serpentine Belt
Got lucky here too. I just used the 1/2" drive ratchet and a socket to lever the tensioner out of the way so the belt would go slack. I changed the tensioner and idler pulley, then reversed the procedure to seat the new belt.
Challenge Met! Beers Consumed! World Conquered!
- Andy Somerville