Hammers For Automotive Work
Welcome back to our series on automated tools for the new comer to automated work and tools. In this article I'm briefly going to cover the basic theory of what kind of hammer to use in mechanical automotive work. Auto body work and hammer use is a much more complex topic, and often takes years of training to understand fully. Hammers are used in mechanical automated work to "Persuade" a tight object to come loose. Do not use a hammer to pound something into complete submission.
You may be familiar with the much more common carpenter hammer. They can be useful for some forms of automated work, but they are not the preferred hammer to use. By carpenter's hammer, we are talking about a claw hammer with one end serving the purpose of removing nails. What you really want is a ball peen hammer. However, if you already have a claw hammer and do not want to buy a replacement, the claw hammer will probably be okay for most jobs. Just make sure that it does not have a loose head as claw hammers often develop. The shank of the hammer absolutely must be strictly sunk into the head of the hammer or you run the risk of it dislodging and damaging you or your car. A flying claw hammer is not a great safety idea so please use caution when using a claw hammer to work on your car.
As is the rule with everything that requires force and automated work, use forceful blows judiciously. Many of the car parts under your hood are made from cast aluminum that will crack and break if stuck hard. Just be sure that you are aware of what you are hitting and how hard you hit it, or you could end up with a much larger repair than you intended.