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Old Ratchet #4626877
01/07/18 01:05 PM
01/07/18 01:05 PM
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Tennessee
SWS Offline OP
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I have a Craftsman 3/8 Ratchet that I bought in 1972. Nothing special / well cared for / occasional use / sentimental value exceeds actual value. The internals are getting draggy / sticky on direction selection and it even drags a lot in the 'free' direction (either way). It appears I can take it apart by removing a C clamp, and my idea is to simply clean and lubricate it.
Any suggestions on the task? And what to use for lube? I was thinking something light M1 0W-20, sparingly.
Thanks for your thoughts!

SWS

Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626883
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One common option, if you want to try the lazy way, just dunk the head in ATF and let it soak a while.

Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626885
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It's not uncommon to service a ratchet. I think the internals need grease, not oil, though. I would disassemble it over a bowl just in case parts fly out smile

Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626899
01/07/18 01:16 PM
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Take it apart,clean with brake cleaner or mineral spirits and grease with a moly grease. I have three and service them about once every two years. Last forever if used for intended purpose. No cheater bars please.

Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626909
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That's what I do with my fine tooth gearwrench brand ratchet. It's an extended handle, flex head that I abuse the snot out of. I take it apart and lube it every few months, and I've rebuilt it 3 or 4 times. I'll be sad when the flex joint finally let's go.


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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626921
01/07/18 01:36 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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Originally Posted By: SWS
I have a Craftsman 3/8 Ratchet that I bought in 1972. Nothing special / well cared for / occasional use / sentimental value exceeds actual value. The internals are getting draggy / sticky on direction selection and it even drags a lot in the 'free' direction (either way). It appears I can take it apart by removing a C clamp, and my idea is to simply clean and lubricate it.
Any suggestions on the task? And what to use for lube? I was thinking something light M1 0W-20, sparingly.
Thanks for your thoughts!

SWS


Do you mean snap ring instead of a C clamp? As others have save take apart, clean and use grease to get it back in top shape.


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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: EdwardC] #4626932
01/07/18 01:51 PM
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Georgia
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Originally Posted By: EdwardC
One common option, if you want to try the lazy way, just dunk the head in ATF and let it soak a while.

Can use any oil really. My automotive instructor told us that he had a coworker one time that stored his ratchets in a ice cube tray filled with oil.

Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626936
01/07/18 01:59 PM
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VA
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Take it down and clean it , relube with Super Lube. It works great on coarse tooth ratchets.


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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626952
01/07/18 02:17 PM
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Check the number on your wrench, but you may can use a rebuild/repair kit.

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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626969
01/07/18 02:41 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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Originally Posted By: SWS
And what to use for lube?


Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626997
01/07/18 03:06 PM
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Charlotte, NC
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I have 2 of those, both 3/8" and 1/2". Bought around 1962 I think. I had to do the 1/2". Take it apart, clean and dry it, the lube lightly with some chassis grease. I used a grease with moly in it. They both still work great.

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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4626998
01/07/18 03:07 PM
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Charlotte, NC
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dupe

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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4627004
01/07/18 03:15 PM
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When you take it apart watch out for tiny stiff springs that'll jump out,
often they are behind ratchet balls inside, once you lose those, you'll
have a hard time replacing them.

Lube with grease, stays in place and won't run out like oil!

Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4627250
01/07/18 06:44 PM
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I just toss them in a can half full with ATF when I am done for the weekend. Been doing this since trade school 40 odd years ago and never had one apart to clean yet (had to rebuild a few for tooth damage or slop though, not related to cleaning or lube).


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Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS] #4627409
01/07/18 09:04 PM
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Waco, TX
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Oil works fine for a (frequent) lube, but grease or STP lasts longer.


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