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Face it: Sometimes when you’re working on your car you need someone else to sit in the seat and push a pedal or hold the wheel straight.  And sometimes you need your getaway car to drive off the cliff — without you in it.

It’s usually at this point that you go and find someone else from your family — personal or crime — who’s, um, less than fully interested in the task at hand and waylay them into doing the job. 

Why not just save yourself the whole hassle and pick up a steering wheel holder and pedal depressor kit?  And even if you have ample help around the shop, it’s pretty much impossible to do your own alignments without one.

As the clever naming might suggest, the kit consists of a steering wheel holder to hold the steering wheel for toe-in/toe-out work and centering the steering wheel , and a pedal depressor for use in tune-ups, brake jobs, clutch work, engine diagnosis, setting RPM speed, air conditioning work, and cylinder balance tests.

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Recently I lamented about not being able to reach the back of an SUV’s engine compartment while standing on the ground.  While this isn’t a problem for some of you gargantuan mammoths, the rest of us average-sized dudes still can’t reach the distributor.  If the topside creeper was too big (and expensive) how about something a bit lower slung like the Wheel Step? 

It’s a step that hooks over the tire, adjusts to 3 heights, and holds up to 350 lbs.  It’ll fit any tire size from 14” to 20”, and unlike bigger systems the wheel step folds up and can be shoved out of the way pretty easily.

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