Car tools are definitely essential for making a proper car repair.Only simple tasks like changing a headlight bulb, replacing the windshield wiper blades, refilling various fluids, or anything else can be done without tools.In this article, we’ll talk about the tools you’ll need to make the basic car DIY repairs.
Observe the whole mechanism: what size are the nuts, screws, bolts: take a look at the connections (what kind of clamps), is there a seal between the parts and so on.Also, try to understand how the mechanism works and how it’s intertwined with the rest of the car system, which is also a key element on this part.
What car tools will you need to make a car repair?
For car repair, the more tools you have the better. If you've ever visited a mechanic, you'll know what I mean. There are hundreds of them in their auto tools.
Mechanics are professionals thus having all those tools is a necessity for that line of work. They can’t choose between simple and complicated car repairs and they must have it all.
But in the realm of car DIY repairs, the basic tools will do in most cases. You don't need to have the mechanic tools, but the basic ones.
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For a basic car repair you'll need a checklist of automotive tools:
Basic auto tools set
Car tool sets like these are standard and can be purchased anywhere，classified as hobby tools.These car tool sets contain mostly everything you’ll need for a basic car repair (ratchet, sockets, screwdrivers, basic wrenches, etc.).
It is useful to have around the household, besides doing car repairs.
Basic set of screwdrivers
Besides the ones found in the tools set, a basic set of screwdrivers is good to have at hand.The ones in the toolset may prove inappropriate as they have a socket system that sometimes can’t reach places you’ll have to repair them.
Some small and medium-sized flat-head and cross-head screwdrivers will do the job.
Mainly the combined ones: with these you’ll probably be able to do most of the work (twist turn, grip, cut etc.)
Basic set of wrenches (combined ones would be best)
As we know, there is a standardized size of nuts, screws, and bolts from a car.
I will talk in centimeters of the standardized size. The most common sizes are 6,8,10,13,17,19,22,24 cm. Anything under or above this exceeds the probability of DIY car repair.
If possible, buy a set of combined wrenches with these sizes.Most sets include the standard sizes anyway.
Adjustable or crescent wrench
The adjustable wrench is more of an option than a necessity and comes in handy, although hard to wield around, in most cases.
Anyway, it’s not meant for precise jobs but rather for places where excessive force is needed.
OBD2 scanner is a must-have tool on today’s cars as it gives you fault codes and a good hint of what may be wrong. Also, most of them enable you to erase the fault codes (errors) once you’ve finished the car repair.
Most of the tools you can buy in the repair shop, AutoZone, and jbtools are cheap. If you don't have one of them, please make assure to purchase one. You'll use it in the future.
Just to clarify, some repairs can be done without these, but diagnostic tools are a big help for solving a car repair, saving time, money and your nerves.