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How to use an extension bar with
a ratchet and socket

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Socket and extension bar being used with a ratchet wrench to fit a spark plug in an engine An extension bar can be used with a socket to help reach into confined and awkward spaces that you would not otherwise be able to access.

Connecting the extension bar and socket

Connecting an extension bar to a ratchet, Line the extension bar up with the drive square of the ratchet and push them together.

Step 1 – Connect extension bar to ratchet

Connect the extension bar to the ratchet in exactly the same manner as you would connect a socket.

Line the drive socket of the extension bar 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 extension bar’s drive socket.
Connecting a socket to an extension bar and a ratchet

Step 2 – Connect socket

The socket connects to the extension bar exactly as it would the ratchet.

Line the drive socket of the socket up with the drive square of the extension bar and push the two together. You should hear a ‘click’ as the ball bearing in the extension bar’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 and ratchet on the fastener you need to turn."
Follow How to use a socket with a ratchet wrench from step 3.

Removing the extension bar and socket

Removing an extension bar from a ratchet, Press the release button to remove the extension bar from the ratchet. To separate the socket and extension bar from the ratchet, press the release button on the back of the ratchet head. This will free the ball bearing in the ratchet’s square drive, allowing the extension bar to be removed.
If your ratchet does not have a push release button, hold the ratchet in one hand and the extension bar in the other and pull the two apart. This should overcome the ball bearing in the ratchet’s drive square.
Separating a socket from an extension bar, Holding the socket in one hand and the end of the extension bar in the other. Pull the two apart in order to separate them. To separate the socket from the extension bar, hold the socket in one hand and the other end of the extension bar in your other hand, then pull the two apart. This should overcome the ball bearing in the extension bar’s drive square.