The parallel hooks on the end of OTC’s serpentine belt installation tool allow you to grip serpentine belts, V-belts, or timing belts and maneuver them around pulleys, especially in hard to reach areas. The 25″ long tool weighs 10 oz. and runs about $20.
The bigger the tire, the harder it is to remove and replace a wheel on the vehicle. At some point the wheel gets larger than you can safely handle — that’s when you pull out the Wheel Mate from OTC Tools.
OTC constructs the Wheel Mate from structural steel tubing, and its U-shaped base gives it clearance to fit around the wheel and under the vehicle. It moves freely on heavy-duty ball bearing casters and locks with a foot-operated lever so it won’t go rolling about.
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From time to time when you’re taking something apart, you run into an e-clip. Sure, you can pry them off with a screwdriver, but getting them back on can present a problem if you don’t have the right tool. This set of tools from OTC allows you to both remove and install four different sizes of e-clip.
The set comes with tools for 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, and 9mm e-clips. One end of the tool removes the e-clip while the other installs them. Each tool locks into the provided handle to give you a better grip.
To buy this tool set you can pay anywhere from $10 to $20 before shipping and handling.
If you only use a pry bar occasionally or don’t have the room for a full-out pry bar, this pry bar head attachment from OTC Tools fits onto a 3/8″-drive breaker bar or ratchet and turns it into a rolling-head pry bar. Even though OTC specifically says ratchet, we wouldn’t risk a good one.
Measuring 2″ long by 2-13/16″ wide by 5/8″ thick and weighing about 3oz., this little tool is surprisingly expensive. Most places charge $50 or more — but not good old Harbor Freight. For $7 they sell a tool that matches OTC’s description and picture almost identically. We’d be willing to bet it’s the same tool.