Also called needle-nosed or snipe-nosed pliers, long-nosed pliers have long, tapering flat and serrated jaws for use in narrow spaces. Many also have side cutters.

Circlip pliers make circlip removal easy. Straight tipped pliers for inside circlips, capacity 8-25mm, are generally suitable. There are dual-purpose tools for inside or outside clips, with interchangeable tips.

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Renewing disc-brake pads

It is vital to know when disc-brake pads need replacing. Some makers state a minimum safe thickn...

Checking a Ford VV carburettor

The Ford Variable Venturi carburettor is fitted to many small Fords. It looks like an ordinary f...

Replacing wheel bearings on driven wheels

Driven wheels - independent suspension Cars with front-wheel drive have front-wheel bearings that...

Checking and removing a clutch master cylinder

If a clutch fails to disengage fully when the pedal is pressed, the problem may be the clutch it...

Removing and refitting the distributor

On some cars, because of limited space, the only way of replacing the -breaker points or ...

Checking fuel pipes

Any fuel leak, however small, can cause a fire. Do not drive a car with a suspected leak until yo...

Checking for oil leaks

If an engine needs topping up with fresh oil more than usual, or if you see a pool of oil...

Checking steering-box mountings

Places where vital components are mounted on the bodywork or chassis should be inspected at leas...

Adjusting wheel bearings

Wheel bearings need periodic checking - and adjusting if necessary - usually at 12,000 mile serv...

Checking and cleaning a GM Varajet carburettor

The Varajet carburettor used on many Vauxhalls and Opels is a hybrid between fixed-jet and variab...

Fixing a simple light cluster

It is essential to keep your car lights in good working order all the time. Apart from being dan...