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Old 03-16-2012, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $8 fitv adjuster tool

I noticed ive always had a problem breaking the plastic adjuster for the fitv when using a screwdriver and a hammer. so i made a tool thats perfect and heres how you can make one too!

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i used a bench grinder but a dremel or hack-saw could do it.

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thick putty knife that wont bend. i picked up one from lowes for under $8. you want to be 100% sure it wont bend or twist under load. here is the one i got and its hella strong. this particular blades handle is also solvent resistant so you wont have to worry about getting into auto fluids on it.

Shop Warner 1-1/4" Putty Knife Scraper at Lowes.com

you are going to want to cut it down to 1 inch wide. you only need to remove and inch for about 2 inches of the blade.

once cut down this will fit perfectly into the adjuster nut and deep into the housing. i painted mine with "rust reformer" to give it a nice flat black finish and prevent corrosion.

it should look like this when done.
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FITV, fast idle thermo valve? How do you adjust it, never thought you could?
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Just always used a flat head.
And for this to be a true diy you gotta post pix of your adjusting it lol.
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Nice Kcup machine. Ive always wanted one.
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Just always used a flat head.
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And you don't smash on it with a hammer and screwdriver OP, gentle taps will "break" it loose lol.
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WTF?! Dishwasher?
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mom got as part of her christmas. its the best one they make. i think its like a b70 or something. i just know its the best lol. and get one...they make oatmeal/grits/hot cider like a boss. the coffee apparently comes out cheaper too.

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And you don't smash on it with a hammer and screwdriver OP, gentle taps will "break" it loose lol.
im american so i force it if it isnt working lol

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stubby screwdriver, just twist the plunger.

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ive always had issues with mine getting stuck so thats why this was made
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IIRC as well the little screws that hold the cover on are 7mm. I learned to do then blindly on car.
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8mm. and i have yet to try it with the thing still on the car
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I used to adjust that thing in the dark...with it on the motor still. After the first 3 times, I didnt even need to see what I was doing...but yea, I just always used a flatheat screwdriver...
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