If you’re considering venturing into the realm of auto repairs, it’s important to have the correct equipment on hand before you get started. This guide does not provide an exhaustive list, but will cover the basics. Even if you’re a complete beginner, you can achieve high quality results by using the correct tools. It’s also important to make sure you have the right safety equipment on hand, including a fire extinguisher within reach at all times, goggles and a covering for your mouth and nose when working with certain chemicals.
Choose a flat head or Phillips head screwdriver as your first auto repair tool. These screwdrivers are quick and easy to work with, and can be tightened with little chance of stripping the screw head. Get a few different sizes that will fit a variety of screws and you won’t need to purchase any other screwdrivers.
The importance of a good quality pair of cutting pliers should not be underestimated. It’s worth spending a bit more on these because you’ll definitely get the wear out of them. Cutting pliers are used for cable cutting and wiring, among other tasks.
Open wrenches or spanners come in fixed sizes and you should always choose the size that is appropriate to the bolt you’re working on. Investing in a good selection of wrenches will make most auto repair tasks much easier. Check whether your car has metric or standard size bolts, as metric wrenches are measured in millimetres and standard wrenches are measured in inches. Never attempt an oil change without an oil filter wrench. These wrenches are easy to use and have a metal strap, an adjustment hinge and a handle. They are an essential part of any vehicle repair and maintenance inventory. Torque wrenches are ideal for tightening nuts and bolts because they tell the mechanic when to stop. They are most useful for mid-level repairs and can be purchased from specialist suppliers like SGS Engineering Solutions.
Penetrants are lubricants that help loosen rusty or corroded connections within the vehicle. Invest in one that works for you. There are lots of different brands available, some with a slightly different chemical makeup. It can a case of trial and error to find the correct type for your needs and the specifications of the vehicle you’re working on.