Car tools are, of course, a necessity for making a proper car repair.

Only very simple tasks like changing a headlight bulb, replacing the windshield wiper blades, refilling various fluids or else can be done without tools.

Other jobs demand that you have at least the basic tools.

In this article, we’ll be talking about what 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.

This is also a key element on this part.

More on understanding how to make a car repair in a separate article you can read by clicking here. 


With car repair, the more tools you have the better.

If you’ve visited a mechanic, you’ll know what I mean. Tools are counted by the hundreds.

Mechanics are professionals thus having all those tools are 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.

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For a basic car repair you’ll need:

  • Basic car tools set

Car tools sets like these are standard and can be bought almost anywhere.

Classified as hobby tools.

These car tools sets contain mostly everything you’ll need for a basic car repair (ratchet, sockets, screwdrivers, basic wrenches etc).

Useful to have around the household, besides doing car repair.

  • Basic set of screwdrivers

Besides the ones found in the cars tools set, a basic set of screwdrivers is good to have at hand.

The ones in the tool set may prove inappropriate as they have a socket system which sometimes can’t reach places that you’ll have to repair.

Couple of small and medium-sized flat-head and cross-head screwdrivers will do the job.

  • Pliers

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 you’ll see the cars have standardized nuts, screws and bolts (standard sizes).

I’m going to talk in centimeters so the most common will be 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 then a necessity.

Comes in handy, although hard to wield around, in most cases.

Anyway, it’s not meant for precise jobs rather for places where excessive force is needed.

  • Diagnostic tools

This mainly means the famous OBD scan tool but also includes tools like a multimeter, basic electric tester and else.

OBD scan tool is a must-have on today’s cars as it gives you fault codes and a good hint what may be wrong. Also, most of them enable you to erase the fault codes (errors) once you’ve finished the car repair.

If you have the time, read a great explanation on OBD tools on Wikipedia.

Most of these tools, if you don’t have them, can be bought pretty cheap. At least the ones you’ll need for a basic car repair.

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.