Up Close: CTA Tools 11-pc Flat-Cut E-“Star” Socket Set

March 18, 2024
Designed for "star" bolts and is ideal for tasks such as window regulator repairs, handling drive plates and flywheels, and working on body panels.

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Application

The CTA Tools 11-pc Flat-Cut E-“Star” Socket Set, No. 1469, is designed for "star" bolts and is ideal for tasks such as window regulator repairs, handling drive plates and flywheels, and working on body panels. Its precision fit and flat-cut design prevent damage to low-profile "star" fasteners commonly found in BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar, Land Rover, and other models. 

Features and benefits

  • Effectively engages and grips low-profile “star” or Torx bolts in specific automotive applications.
  • Prevents rounding off flush-mount bolts.
  • Ensures efficient removal or installation, minimizing the risk of damage. 
  • Addresses common challenges with low-profile "star" bolts, providing a purpose-built tool for automotive professionals.
  • Designed for popular models (e.g., BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar, Land Rover, and others), offering versatility and broad applicability.
  • Precision fit minimizes damage, saving technicians time and costs on replacements or repairs.
  • Satin chrome vanadium steel construction ensures a durable and reliable tool for professional use.
  • Packaged on a socket rail for easy access, enhancing workshop efficiency.

Origin

The socket set idea emerged from the recognition that low-profile "star" or Torx bolts and fasteners present a unique problem in certain applications. The company noticed technicians having difficulty engaging and gripping these extremely low-profile bolts which led to frustration and potential damage during removal or installation. In response, the product was developed, and its innovative design ensures a secure grip on low-profile "star" fasteners.

Manufacturing/engineering specifications

The sockets are made in Taiwan from satin chrome vanadium steel. The sockets undergo a meticulous process, involving heat treatment and chrome plating to ensure strength and corrosion resistance. Additionally, rigorous quality control measures ensure that each socket meets specified standards before being packaged for distribution. 

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