Could Fixing a Stuck Craftsman Ratchet be Any Easier?

by birtanpublished on August 28, 2020

Ryan's mobile one this is one of my all-around favorite ratchet and get you in close so you can take a look at it it's the craftsman it's the VL 44 811 and this one is broke you see it doesn't ratchet very good it really hurts my fingers to be doing that

You can still switch the switch works okay this way but it even gets stuck then you can hear it irregular there he goes freaking up a little bit and then it's back to same old what's going on inside of here is usually they

Just get dirty if I go to swap this out for a new one which you could have to drive about 45 minutes and then wait in line and parking and walk anyway it's easier to just do this at your house let's get some snap ring pliers

I've got a whole kit of these just astro it's a ninety four zero one three I'm not sponsored by any of these guys but I just like to pass it around make it convenient for you and you see there's a lot of great on the outside but there's

Also a little bit of rust and it's really dry on the inside if you don't have lubrication on these they just don't hold up at all you see the detent ball is doing okay the teeth on this are okay but mostly this is just full of

Garbage so we're gonna just clean it up and put it back together with some Lube and see if that makes a difference take a wire brush and go over all the teeth on these and clear them up or you can just put it on the wire wheel

You can see this looks a lot better it's nice and shiny and clean you don't have any of those high friction corroded surfaces anymore that were there before as for the ratchet we still have this part that's in there I am gonna scrape

Out anything that's in here go around first and get the big chunky stuff out use some brake cleaner and then I'm also gonna use a q-tip or two or five ain't that nice that's a lot better looking I buzzed this on the wheel and here's what

It looks like with a little bit of cleaner first thing I'm gonna do is a little detent for the switch this is a little bit stiff it's thirsty so I'm just gonna put a little bit of Lube in there and then work it back and forth

Huge difference already all kinds of dirt and grit and stuff floating out of it now next take this mechanism and lube up the detent push this in and get a little bit inside of here hold the button down I send a little bit in this

Way push it a bunch of times this way and then flip it over stuff all around the sides if you have it in the middle position in the back it's easier to load it back together you see the wear marks your witness marks on it I'll show this

Side down just take those a snap ring this isn't a complete rebuild obviously wipe off all the excess and couldn't do that before listen to that so much better and it just keeps getting better sounds

Different than even when it was new other way st. the story that is so much better and that's a whole lot better than having to drive to the store the other thing about when you drive to the stores and you spend money

On things that you don't need it's like when you go to the grocery store for some milk and then you get a whole bunch more stuff whenever I go the other thing is if you have a new one that you bought new it's different than the warranty

Ones that they give you it seems like the warranty ones don't last as long as the new ones if you have a new one you can tear it apart clean it maintain it and then you're ahead of the game you've got a much better unit or intimidated or

Whatever the case may be hopefully by watching this video you feel a bit more confident about doing this feel free to share this video with anybody that you know it's been complaining about tool issues or something or if you know

Something it leaves their tools out in the rain it's a real good idea to take a water displacing lubricant and put it in there and clean it up I like this one because it works really well it's got the extreme pressure lubricant so when

You're real hard on things rather than having something bind or mess up it just keeps on moving so much better than it was you couldn't do that before I wouldn't even think about it looking on the back here this is all crud and

Garbage that came out of here this stuff it makes kind of a plastic type coating it uses antimony and in places like zinc and some other things it's got some zinc and some phosphorus but it's mostly antimony that you see show up on the

Chem lab test look at that the more that I do that the more garbage comes out I'm thinking about doing some of this taking it apart and then doing it again this ratchets never run this good or this quiet it's not quiet what is it I

Thought it's just different just a different sound alright we're all cleaned up switch to the other side it's like changing the oil on your car go the other way it's easier for me to swing to do a felony so you guys want to sum

It up I'll put a link in the description I'm expensive the real sticker shock but I think you'll find it works really well looking at the back and see more stuff coming out she pop it open see what it

Looks like inside there we go apparently it cleans pretty good too there's my buddy Joel he's coming home Wow look at that it's like new it looks so good just sin or drop it in why I did this

So easy so simple so much better bonus footage at the end

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