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Craftsman Serpentine Belt Tool 12.94, Free Store Pickup where available

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Steel construction
Coated handle
Long design

This Serpentine Belt Tool Delivers the Grip You Need
Designed to make a tough job easy, this Craftsman serpentine belt tool includes range of 3 crow's foot wrenches and 3 sockets to deliver the grip you need to get pulley tensioners moving. Crafted from durable alloyed steel, the bar and extension deliver plenty of torque, while designed to give you a firm hold, the bar features a dipped handle that gives even oily hands a solid grip.
Featuring a long bar, solid holding extension and a mess of sizes, whether you're working on a foreign or domestic vehicle, this serpentine belt tool delivers. Simple to use and fast, it's built to get the job done and you up and running. add this tool to your kit and get that belt swapped.
Craftsman serpentine belt tool includes: Belt tool, extension, 3 crow's foot wrenches and 3 - 12 point sockets
Steel construction delivers solid torque
Extension helps you reach hard to get to pulleys
High traction handle gives you a grip
Long design increases leverage
Product Overview:Item Weight :2.3 (lbs.)
Number of Pieces:8
Auto Tool Type:Engine
Materials & Finishes:Material:N/A
Included with Item:Case Included:No
Guides & Instructions:User Guide Included:Yes

https://www.sears.com/craftsman-s...941831000P
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To the folks claiming you can just daisy chain wrenches...that might work when you have some clearance....but on some cars there is barely room for a flat box wrench. Also, trying to manage a Rube Goldberg tool while simultaneously twisting and slipping a belt off, without hurting yourself, isn't worth it.
Good advice. But not very relevant to somebody who just wants to do basic maintenance on their limited number of vehicles. These days it's pretty easy to find a DIY or a YouTube video that explains the process, the tools you need, and any issues with that particular car.

If I was a mechanic, I'd absolutely get one of these because you never know what your next vehicle coming in will need and it does make the job easier/faster/safer. But for most people, this tool is just going to take up space until it's needed again like 4-5 years from now.

I love tools. But the difference in owning a tool that never gets used and not is the extra money in your bank account.
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in for 1. time to change the belt of my Camry. Shipping is free~ sweet.
How did you get free shipping? They want to charge me $6.25.
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There are some vehicles with so little clearance that you must use one of these. A ratchet and regular socket won't fit. Most Autozones and O'Reilly's will lend them for just a refundable deposit.

Add Advance Auto to the list. That is where I got it to change the alternator on a 2007 CRV. $58 charge, $58 refund.
But it wouldn't work. The handle was about 6" too long and bumped against the wheel assembly. If it was mine I would have cut it shorter.

In the end I used my 1/2 to 9/16 double box end.
9/16 is close enough to 14mm. Then in the 1/2 end I had a 1/2 inch allen wrench that I got 30 years ago at a garage sale. Then a 10" length of pipe on that and BAM it worked.

If they had just left a little more space so a ratchet would fit, the job would have been a breeze. Or if I invested in a 14mm ratching box end.....
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Sears would still be in business (not closing so many stores) if they were just smarter.

They tried to sell too diverse a product line instead of invest in the merchandise that was most profitable. And buying K-Mart was just dumb.

Sears became very bureaucratic like an inefficient government.
You're about half right. Sears made a lot of bad decisions lately. However, buying KMart was actually not one of them. I say this only because the acquisition actually went in the opposite direction; KMart (by then under private ownership) actually bought Sears. For many of us this seems completely impossible to even fathom, but KMart was actually the buyer. Sears was on shaky ground before the purchase; the new buyers just took the foundation out from underneath and they've been in free fall ever since.

Those who still have a store within driving distance might be able to get a good deal in the next few months when the whole chain finally implodes.
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Sears would still be in business (not closing so many stores) if they were just smarter.

They tried to sell too diverse a product line instead of invest in the merchandise that was most profitable. And buying K-Mart was just dumb.

Sears became very bureaucratic like an inefficient government.
K-Mart bought Sears, not the other way around.
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How did you get free shipping? They want to charge me $6.25.
I used Sears app. I see some of item are eligible for shipping free. I guess I got free shipping because the eastern area around D.C still has couple of Sears stores.
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I love tools. But the difference in owning a tool that never gets used and not is the extra money in your bank account.
... and room in your tool chest and garage. (and for anyone who doubts that can be a factor ... it can, let's say hypothetically if a national retailer making good tools were to go on a decade-long spree of unloading good tools for practically free)

That's it right there, for me too. I've removed and installed many dozens of drive belts over the years, and have never used a special purpose tool. My garage is already full of tools, and for me, it's tough to justify a special purpose tool for something I know I can do without.

It does seem like a good tool (USA made even, maybe) at a good price, but I can see that even if I had it, I would not even use it. I am tempted though. But when I'm looking at it, I'm looking at it thinking of applications other than belt removal where it might be useful.

So for people out there who have never removed a belt before and think you need this, you almost certainly don't, as long as you have a good assortment of general purpose tools.
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While many people don't need a special serpentine belt tool to change their belts because their cars have plenty of room around the tensioner, other cars have a really tight space down there and a tool like this (or the much better Gearwrench one) can turn a very frustrating and time consuming job into a quick and easy process.

So while you might not need this tool for your car, stop telling others that they don't need this because you don't know what the clearances are for the vehicles that they are working on.
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Two wrenches stacked together will get the job done for free. Or "borrow" one from the auto parts store (you pay for it and they refund you upon return) for free.

If you do decide to buy it, make sure that it fits your car. My honda's have 14mm nuts and crow's feet won't fit inside the pully. A better solution (besides wrenches, which take a little finagling) would be a breaker bar, a section of pipe to extend the breaker or ratchet, and some low profile sockets (https://www.amazon.com/OEMTOOLS-2...hi&sr=1-21).
Did you ever see the trick using the 14mm wrench and then a 1/2" ratchet into the open end for extra leverage and whatever angle you need? Works great!
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You're about half right. Sears made a lot of bad decisions lately. However, buying KMart was actually not one of them. I say this only because the acquisition actually went in the opposite direction; KMart (by then under private ownership) actually bought Sears. For many of us this seems completely impossible to even fathom, but KMart was actually the buyer. Sears was on shaky ground before the purchase; the new buyers just took the foundation out from underneath and they've been in free fall ever since.

Those who still have a store within driving distance might be able to get a good deal in the next few months when the whole chain finally implodes.
I did not know this. Evidently, I had it backwards.

Thank you for the clarification.

As someone who always liked Craftsman hand tools and looking around at tools at Sears (before Home Depot and Lowes chiseled away at their market share) it's kind of sad to see a great USA company going under.
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How did you get free shipping? They want to charge me $6.25.
Download the Personal Shopper app on ios or Android, select a personal shopper and send this item link and you can get free shipping (this works good) Or you can bug a Sears support chat rep (YMMV) and try to convince them to give you free shipping or tell them that you will only buy it if they refund the shipping cost, tell them that you can no longer pick up this item at Sears due to it selling out for store pickup, or tell them that you no longer have a Sears store around.
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the next few months when the whole chain finally implodes.
If I had a dollar every time I heard this statement in the past 10 years, I could buyout everything off this blowout sale on Sears website.
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Thanks to not having this tool I basically stripped my tensioner and had to replace it which includes removing a motor mount. Learned my lesson.
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Add Advance Auto to the list. That is where I got it to change the alternator on a 2007 CRV. $58 charge, $58 refund.
But it wouldn't work. The handle was about 6" too long and bumped against the wheel assembly. If it was mine I would have cut it shorter.

In the end I used my 1/2 to 9/16 double box end.
9/16 is close enough to 14mm. Then in the 1/2 end I had a 1/2 inch allen wrench that I got 30 years ago at a garage sale. Then a 10" length of pipe on that and BAM it worked.

If they had just left a little more space so a ratchet would fit, the job would have been a breeze. Or if I invested in a 14mm ratching box end.....

Same on a Chevy HHR. I borrowed one from auto zone. The clearance is almost non existent and the handle was too long. So then drove out to HF which was about 20 min each way, bought one, cut the handle down, then it was a less than 10 minute job. Should have just bought one from HF from the start. It was the last thing on the list after wheel bearing, struts, rear spring and shocks. So I was not in the mood for it to take longer than planned.
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Dang crazy bought it for $25.** about 2 months ago. Sweet deal 👍
I am on the same boat.
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