Utilizing A Feeler Gauge

It might be necessary now and then to set a very specific gap in the middle of two components of a vehicle. For instance, when spark plugs need to be checked, this means that a valve must be adjusted or a distributer needs to be set. If an exact gap is necessary, a feeler gauge – also called a thickness gauge – is the perfect tool to use. So how do you work with a feeler gauge and what is the use of metric feeler gage sets? The following information is set out to answer at least some of these questions, allowing you to have the ideal gap between two components at all times.

The very first thing you must do is determine exactly what the gap really should be in the components you are attempting to adjust. There are various ways in order find out what the measurements of these gaps are. You could look at a help guide, a manual, or, of course, online. In metric feeler gage sets, each blade contains a different measurement, denoted in metric values. A few examples of measurements include.025 or.0015 (this is incredibly thin). You will then need to take out the blade containing the right measurement and make certain you fold the others away, so that you don’t get confused when using them. Sometimes, a feeler gauge features a knob that hinges all the blades together. This is often tightened up so that the blade that you will use will in fact stay in place at all times.

Next, you will need to slide the blade that you are using into your gap that needs to be set. The machinery that is being adjusted then has to be moved so that it is just say touching the gauge itself. Then, it should be moved out a tiny little bit. To put it differently, you will not quite allow the machine to grip the blade; it should always be able to slide out and in. Never use the machinery to totally clamp it in, because this will make the gap too small. Furthermore, you will dent the metal of the blade itself, which happens to be very soft.

After you have managed to set the gap in a way that you are still in a position to withdraw the blade, you can firm up the machinery a little bit. Do not tighten it to full tightness however. Double check once more that you are able to get the blade of the feeler gauge in and out but that it does not rattle. Also make certain you are not able to fit a blade of the next size-up into the gap. If you are sure that it is right, it is time to fully tighten up the machinery.