The mechanics arsenal – The right tools for you

Posted by at 29 October 2014, at 21 : 47 PM

The mechanics arsenal – The right tools for you

Having the right tool for the job is an important part in any home auto repair. It also makes the job quicker, easier, and most importantly – safer. I don’t know how many times I’ve opened my knuckles up using a crescent wrench or an adjustable instead of the right socket. If you have the right tools, you can save yourself a lot of aggravation. The best mechanics tool set in the world, however, is no match for common sense!

So now, you probably asking what’s a good mechanics tool set consist of? Best answer – the ones you need. OK, but really, It doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be huge. Buying the right tool set will rely heavily on how far you’re willing to go into repairs at home. If you’re doing engine swaps and or head replacements and heavy duty work like that, then you want to buy a good tool set. The dollar store just dropped off the shopping list. Your best bet for getting a well built and well priced set is your local auto parts store or check out the set at the bottom of the post — either one is geared towards what you’re doing anyway.

Alright, so here’s a list of what you want in a tool set. Remember, this is just a tool set you’re going to have to elaborate on these tools dependant on the job.

1) 1/4 3/8 1/2 inch drive ratchets.

2) 6 and 12 point sockets to match all three ratchets in both metric and standard sizes.

3) A few extensions.

4) Maybe an Allen key

Here are some things you may have to purchase to elaborate on that a bit.

1) A set of deep well sockets (the long ones).

2) A set of torque bits (the ones that look like a star on the end).

3) Vice grips.

4) A hammer.

5) A set of pliers.

6) A socket knuckle or swivel.

With these general tools, you can you can do most jobs on most cars. If you find yourself needing a specialty tool, you can usually rent the more expensive ones from auto zone. Everything I just listed can be picked up over time, or you probably already have most of them and if not, I bet you know someone who does.

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