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Extracto-Flange-Rangler   (+3, -3)  [vote for, against]
For extracting rangled flanges

This is a very complicated and expensive device that has been invented for the sole purpose of extracting cash from those that know nothing about vehicle maintenance and call a Dial-a-mechanic to help change a tail light bulb. It looks like a cross between a welding mask, a pair or electricians’ pliers and a King Charles Spaniel.

For head light bulbs you need the even more expensive grunge-pinion fitting as well, which stops you skinning your knuckles. It’s a pair of welding gloves.

(With apologies to knowtion for disruption to their idea.)
-- eight_nine_tortoise, Mar 11 2009

link to an honest dial-a-mechanic Dial-a-mechanic
He wouldn't rip you off. [knowtion, Mar 11 2009]

Various Propriatary Tools http://www.tradekey...chnology-co-ltd.htm
"Honda GNA600 interface module kit works with the OEM-Honda Diagnostic PC Software (HDS). This is the replacement for the previous dealer tool Honda HIM. It can diagnose all Honda and Acura vehicle systems on models from ..." [zen_tom, Mar 11 2009]

More tools to suit your speciality needs http://shoptoolssho...utomotive+Specialty
e.g. The Mercedes Go-No-Go Gauge..."needed for checking hydraulic valve lifters. Applicable: Mercedes V-8 engines æ76+. Excluding M119." [zen_tom, Mar 11 2009]

I suspect the alternative medicine industry have a patent on this business model.
-- Srimech, Mar 11 2009

I think you'll find there's a fairly mature market in these types of items.

Of course, as with programmers, proper craftsfolk are measured on the amount of time they spend creating their own tools.
-- zen_tom, Mar 11 2009

random, halfbakery