What is a deep socket used for?

Deep sockets are useful for turning nuts onto bolts when the bolt extends upwards into the socket (as in the case of many bolted joints), a very typical example being exhaust clamp bolts on a car.

Deep well sockets usually are for reach, not to have the nut deep inside them. More modern design has a stronger socket by making the points shallower. They are used instead of a shallow and an extension, or to go over a bolt or spark plug body.

Additionally, what does drive size mean for sockets? Drive Hole indicates the size of the drive hole (also referred to as the “driver hole” or “square hole”), which determines the torque size of the driver tool you’ll need. For example, you’d use a ½-inch drive socket with a ½-inch drive ratchet. L indicates the overall socket length.

In this regard, what is deep socket?

Deep Socket Wrench. Far less common is the deep socket wrench. You’d need it where the bolt is recessed, and a normal, standard socket wrench wouldn’t reach it. The clamp bolts on an automotive exhaust are typical of the bolted joints where you’d need to use a deep socket wrench.

Should I get shallow or deep impact sockets?

Shallow are good for smaller bolts and where you need clearance, but deep sockets are saviors for those hard-to-reach bolts and will let you get a better grip on nuts threaded far down a blind bolt/stud.

Can I use impact sockets for everything?

If it’s there then you can use impact sockets for everything. Without enough room they become useless. Impact sockets do wear out faster because they are softer, but that probably doesn’t matter.

Can you use a deep socket for spark plugs?

Re: Deep sockets for spark plugs I use regular deep well sockets for spark plugs unless clearance is an issue, which is rare.

What are the most common socket sizes?

There are four common socket sizes: 1/4 inch (0.6 centimeters), 3/8 inch (0.9 centimeters), 1/2 inch (1.3 centimeters) and 3/4 inch (1.9 centimeters).

How do I know what size socket I have?

How to Determine the Right Size Socket for a Nut Turn on the digital caliper and set it to read in inches, not millimeters. Close the caliper jaws until each jaw rests on one flat side of the nut on opposite sides. Check the caliper display. Turn on the digital caliper and set it to read in millimeters, not inches.

What are the four socket drive sizes?

These drive fittings come in four common sizes: ?1⁄4 inch, ?3⁄8 inch, ?1⁄2 inch, and ?3⁄4 inch (referred to as “drives”, as in “?3⁄8 drive”).

How much torque can a 1/4 drive take?

1/4 drive, rated for up to 90 ft/lbs of torque.

How much torque can a 3/8 ratchet handle?

depending on the size, 130 foot-pounds of torque is within the capability of 3/8, at least at 3/4″ / 19mm.

Are impact sockets better?

Impact sockets are made with a softer steel that can handle impacts better. They are thicker because the steel is in fact softer and easier to bend (but not necessarily break). Chrome sockets are made from a harder steel that is also stronger, but it is more brittle and cannot take impacts well.

Are 6 point or 12 point sockets better?

Answer: It’s true that 12-point sockets are fine for most lightweight repairs, but heavy wrenching calls for a six-point socket. A six-point socket is much less likely to slip off a stubborn fastener or round over the corners. Here’s why: (1) Six-point sockets have thicker walls, so they’re less likely to flew.

Do you need deep sockets for lug nuts?

You will need to use a shallow to be able to start the nut on the lug. I usually put the nut in the socket on a short extension and finger start the nut. So to answer the question, 21 mm short socket if your putting a kit together to carry around in the car. generally deep wells are the way to go.

What is socket used for?

What are sockets used for? A socket is a tool that attaches to a socket wrench, ratchet, torque wrench or other turning tool in order to tighten or loosen a fastener such as a nut or bolt by turning it.

How much does a spark plug socket cost?

On average, spark plugs usually can cost around $30 while going to a mechanic might add between $100-$200 in labor costs (assuming the mechanic charges $100/hour for their time).