Ratchet spanners are a vital tool for professionals and amateurs alike but when they have not been used for some time they can become stuck, with their lubrication drying up and starting to squeak when utilised. The good news is there is a simple way to deal with this issue.
Why greasing your ratchet spanner is important
The greasing of a ratchet spanner is vitally important and should never be neglected as it serves a variety of different purposes that help to prolong the lifespan of the spanner and ensure it stays in good working order for a long time.
One of the reasons why it is so important to grease a ratchet spanner is that it cuts down the amount of effort that is required for the loosening and tightening of bolts, which can save both energy and time particularly when a great deal of turning is necessary. A ratchet spanner that requires too much force to use could have friction starting to build up between components or moving parts that should be reduced as much as is possible.
Greasing a ratchet spanner also helps to prevent the build-up of corrosion and rust inside of it. This can reduce costs by preventing the need for replacements or repairs while if left unchecked such a build-up could mean that it’s utility and performance or adversely affected and may force a replacement to be purchased.
Greasing also helps the tool to last longer by ensuring it remains in good working order. It ensures that there will be no dust on the surface of the spanner, which can cause difficulties when used for tightening nuts or bolts. Dust particles can interfere with the smoothness of turning the spanner.
Another way that greasing a ratchet spanner helps to save money is by reducing downtime that can be caused by a ratchet spanner that is not functioning in the correct manner. It prevents time and resources from being wasted as well as helping to prevent accidents and injuries.
How to grease a ratchet spanner
There are just a few simple steps that need to be taken to correctly grease a ratchet spanner.
Certain items need to be ready prior to starting greasing – particularly a clean, lint-free rag or cloth to avoid contaminating the spanner with particles that can damage moving parts.
One of the best ways to grease a ratchet spanner is to use a silicone spray. A silicone spray is simple to apply and leaves behind no residue even after it has been used over and over again without being cleaned up. However it is still important to avoid overusing it.
A good tip is to apply a single drop of grease to every bolt head that is used by your ratchet spanner every week as this type of regular maintenance helps to prevent these parts from rusting away and then being in need of repair.
Professional mechanics should grease their ratchet spanner at least once a month as their tools are likely used non-stop every day which can result in poor performance if not properly maintained.