The Do-It-Yourself Mechanic’s Toolbox
Essential tools for working on your own vehicle
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to perform maintenance on your vehicle. Aside from some complex or challenging tasks, a large majority of auto repairs can be done with basic or intermediate knowledge and a little sweat and determination.
Oh yeah, you’ll need some tools, too. So before you get to work on your vehicle, make sure that you have these essential gadgets in your stockpile.
Outlines your specific car’s maintenance schedule and how each system functions.
Vehicle Repair Guide
Offers complete and detailed repair information and diagrams on various auto systems in your vehicle. Chilton and Haynes are the two most popular sellers.
Safety & Cleaning
Protects your hands with durable leather, form-fitting Spandex, and machine-washable material.
Keeps eyes protected from debris and liquids.
Clean and absorb liquids, grease, and dirt.
Buckets & Pans
Catch liquids or temporarily store tools or auto parts.
Soap & Degreaser
Clean auto parts or your hands/arms.
Wire & Scrub Brushes
Gritty surface removes film and build-up.
Smooths metal, rubber, or plastic surfaces.
Removes small debris in tight spaces.
Elevates the vehicle to make it much easier to work on.
Provide inclined platforms to easily elevate vehicle.
Securely support elevated vehicle to keep it from falling.
Prevent vehicle from rolling forward or backward.
Provides mobile platform to lay on while under vehicle.
Creates ambient light in open or tight spaces.
Provides mobile light and visibility in tight spaces.
Lubricates joints and auto parts.
Easily transfers auto liquids to their proper reservoirs.
Remove screws with both Phillips and flathead, short and long, varieties.
Removes rubber layer from electrical wires.
Create force to remove snug or stuck auto parts.
Uses leverage to remove stuck auto parts.
Hex Keys & Ball Drivers
Installs or removes hexagon shaped screws.
Wrenches & Pliers
Open Wrench Set
Ideal for open spaces, easier to use than closed wrenches.
Closed Wrench Set
Provide a firmer grip than open wrenches and best for tight spaces.
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Tightens nuts to precise torque specifications.
Socket Wrench Set
Tightens and loosens nuts much faster than open or closed wrenches.
Allows your socket to reach deep or awkward areas (such as spark plug shafts).
Creates leverage and added torque to remove very tight nuts.
Needle Nose Pliers
Smaller pliers that reach very tight or narrow spaces.
Slip Joint Pliers
Mid-size pliers that grip powerfully.
Groove Joint Pliers
Larger pliers that create impressive grip and torque.
Maintains sturdy, vicelike gripping power.