The most unfortunately named tool in my bag is also one of the most essential. I rarely use it, but when I need it, nothing else will do.
Lately, we’ve been hearing all sorts of noises coming from the right-rear side of the car. After we fixed the noise from the loose muffler, we still heard it. After we fixed the noise from the wobbly battery tray, we still heard it. It would come and go, but we eventually isolated it to the wheel bearings.
Pulling the wheel off, slapping in some grasa, and re-tightening it seemed to have bought us some time – multiple times.
But, I think we’ve now reached the end of the game and need new bearings a little more urgently. I just wanted to give credit to the axle nut whacker for helping us get this far.