Up Close: ARES Tool 3-pc Spring Loaded Universal Joint Magnetic Spark Plug Socket Set

March 19, 2024
Spring-loaded universal joint design prevents the joint from becoming loose and falling to the side.

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Application

This ARES 3-pc Spring Loaded Universal Joint Magnetic Socket Set, No. 11080, is for removing and installing spark plugs on most common automotive applications. It includes sockets for 14mm (12-pt), 9/16”(6-pt), and 5/8”(6-pt) spark plugs. 

Features and benefits

According to ARES, the spring-loaded U-joint built into the magnetic spark plug socket is unlike anything else on the market. This socket set allows the technician to easily install spark plugs on recessed and hard-to-reach applications. 

Origin

The spring-loaded function in this set came from the difficulty related to installing spark plugs on many of today’s automobiles. Many spark plugs are recessed and require an extension and/or U-joint. A standard U-joint tends to fall to the side while these sockets allow for easier placement while securely holding the spark plugs in place with internal magnets.  

Manufacturing/engineering specifications

Made from chrome vanadium steel (50BV30) with a high-polish finish. The hardness specification for sockets and U-joints is between 42 and 48 HRC. The set meets or exceeds ANSI standards and weighs 0.77 lbs in an EVA foam tray. 

Information provided by ARES Tool.

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