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#4626877 - 01/07/18 12:05 PM Old Ratchet
SWS Offline


Registered: 04/10/04
Posts: 347
Loc: Tennessee
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

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#4626883 - 01/07/18 12:08 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1863
Loc: Chicago, IL
One common option, if you want to try the lazy way, just dunk the head in ATF and let it soak a while.

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#4626885 - 01/07/18 12:10 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2968
Loc: USA
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

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#4626899 - 01/07/18 12:16 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3408
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
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.

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#4626909 - 01/07/18 12:23 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 391
Loc: MN
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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#4626921 - 01/07/18 12:36 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3004
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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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#4626932 - 01/07/18 12:51 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: EdwardC]
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Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
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.

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#4626936 - 01/07/18 12:59 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 786
Loc: VA
Take it down and clean it , relube with Super Lube. It works great on coarse tooth ratchets.
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#4626952 - 01/07/18 01:17 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
Check the number on your wrench, but you may can use a rebuild/repair kit.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAFTSMAN-3-8-DRIVE-TORQUE-RATCHET-REBUILD-KIT/332511727242?epid=1528232994&hash=item4d6b3e4e8a:g:IMoAAOSwC6dZrZRt
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#4626969 - 01/07/18 01:41 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 510
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: SWS
And what to use for lube?


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#4626997 - 01/07/18 02:06 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 5612
Loc: Charlotte, NC
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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#4626998 - 01/07/18 02:07 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 5612
Loc: Charlotte, NC
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Edited by Oldmoparguy1 (01/07/18 02:07 PM)
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#4627004 - 01/07/18 02:15 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 705
Loc: Canada



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!

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#4627250 - 01/07/18 05:44 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18885
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
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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#4627409 - 01/07/18 08:04 PM Re: Old Ratchet [Re: SWS]
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Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
Oil works fine for a (frequent) lube, but grease or STP lasts longer.
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