How to use an adaptor with a
socket and ratchet

     
     
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 Socket adaptors allow you to use ratchets with different drive square sizes to the drive socket size of your sockets. 

If the only appropriately-sized socket you have for a fastener does not have the correct drive size to be used with your ratchet, you will need to use an adaptor.

 
   Wonkee Donkee says: "Adaptors are useful, but it is always better to use the correct size ratchet and socket if you have them available." 
   

Attaching the adaptor

 
 Selecting the correct adaptor for your socket and ratchet, Ratchet with 3/8” Drive square, Adaptor with 3/8” Drive socket and 1/4” Drive square, 13mm socket with 1/4” Drive socket 

Step 1 - Select adaptor

You should select an adaptor that has both a drive socket size that matches the drive square size of your ratchet drive, and a drive square that matches the drive socket size of the socket you wish to use.

 
     
 Connecting an adaptor to a ratchet. Once lined up push the adaptor onto the drive square of the ratchet to connect the two 

Step 2 - Connect adaptor to ratchet

To connect the adaptor to the ratchet, line the drive socket of the adaptor up with the drive square of the ratchet and push the two together. You should hear a click as the ball bearing in the ratchet's drive square locates into place on the internal notch of the adaptor's drive socket.

 
     
 Connecting a socket to an adaptor. Once lined up push the socket onto the drive square of the adaptor to connect the two 

Step 3 - Connect socket 

Line the drive socket of your socket up with the drive square of the adaptor and push them together. You should hear a 'click' as the ball bearing in the adaptor's drive square locates into place on the internal notch of the socket's drive socket.

 
   Wonkee Donkee says: "You are now ready to use the socket and ratchet on the fastener you need to turn." 
     
   

Follow How to use a socket with a ratchet wrench from step 3.

 
     
   

Removing the adaptor and socket

 
 You should separate the socket from the adaptor before you separate the adaptor from the ratchet 

As adaptors can be small and difficult to get hold of, you should remove the socket from the adaptor before you remove the adaptor from the ratchet. 

 

     
  

Hold the adaptor and ratchet head with one hand, and with the other hand, pull the socket. This should be enough to overcome the ball bearing holding the socket onto the adaptor and separate the two.

 
     
 Press release button to remove the adaptor from the ratchet. 

Once you have removed the socket from the adaptor, you can remove the adaptor from the ratchet.

 

If your ratchet has a push release button on the back of the head, simply press this to release the adaptor from the ratchet.

 
     
  

If your ratchet does not have a push release button, hold the ratchet in one hand, and the adaptor in the other, and pull the two apart. This should overcome the ball bearing in the ratchet's drive square that is holding the adaptor onto the ratchet.

 
     
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