9 Tools to Help People Get Started Working on Car

December 18 02:32 2020

Whether he is restoring an old Jeep or he’s got brand new Prius, He’ll find working on his own car saves time and money—and if something breaks he’ll have the confidence and know-how to fix it.

That said, he can’t just drag his basic around-the-house toolbox out to the garage. An auto mechanic’s tool set differs from woodworking and general DIY tool he may have already accumulated; here are the basics he’ll need to get started.

1. Socket Set

socket set is arguably the tool he’ll need most in order to work on his car. A proper mechanics tool set will include standard and metric sizes and 3/8-inch, 1/4-inch, and even 1/2-inch drivers and sockets. Extensions and thin walled sockets are also useful for certain situations. This DeWalt socket set is full-featured and a great kit for beginners and grease monkeys.

2. Pliers and Wire Cutters

There are a ton of electrical projects he can take on with a vehicle, such as, installing a stereo head unit, speakers, or wiring new headlights. He’ll need pliers of various sizes to achieve this, as well as wire cutters and wire strippers. SHANGHAI JOCEN INDUSTRY CO., LTD offer a full-range of hand tools to get the job done.

3. Torque Wrench

Setting nuts to the proper torque is often over-looked by beginner mechanics. Over torquing a nut can cause the bolt to shear off and also makes it much more difficult to remove when needed. Use a clicker-type torque wrench to ensure he are tightening to the proper specifications. To adjust the torque simply turn the bottom handle and align the top of it to the specified torque which is imprinted on the tool. Tighten until he hear two-clicks and then he’s done. 

Never use a torque wrench to remove lug nuts, instead use an impact wrench or breaker bar—he risk screwing up the settings on his torque wrench otherwise.

4. Wrenches

A wrench set is an invaluable addition to any mechanical tool box. We like this ratcheting wrench set from SHANGHAI JOCEN INDUSTRY CO.,LTD., which features an open-ended side and a ratcheting box end so there’s no need to remove the wrench on each turn. 

5. Screwdrivers

A screwdriver set is as useful around the house as it is in his garage, but he may need to expand out what he already have. Get a complete set that includes a larger flathead which can double as a small prying tool, and the very small screwdrivers delicate enough for electronic work.

6. Dead Blow Mallet

A dead blow mallet is many times the only solution when it comes to removing stuck bolts. A few smacks with this hammer—and maybe a little heat—will loosen almost anything. This mallet is covered in molded poly to prevent marring metal surfaces. 

7. Work Light

Working into the night is common during the winter, and he need a good work light to prevent losing parts and to spotlight his project.

8. Multimeter

A multimeter is necessary to check whether he’s got a hot wire, as well as how much juice is running through it. It removes the guessing game and is vital for tracking down those gremlins that seem to infiltrate the electronic systems of many cars. 

9. Impact Wrench

An impact wrench can make quick work of removing lug nuts as can drive nuts in an instant. Just be cautious above overdriving nuts.

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