The Top 10 Tools That Every Mechanic Must Have
Whether you’re a Pro mechanic or an avid DIY, having the correct tool is important when it comes to making the repair right the first time. Let’s face it, if you’re serious about being a mechanic, you’re going need a lot of quality tools. So let’s take a look at just a few that are essential to repair today cars:
A Diagnostic Scanner is a “must have” for those who want to really work on cars, keep them running smoothly, or fix check engine light problems. There’s no real substitute for the car diagnostic tools that a mechanic has at his or her disposal.
Although, automotive technology has come a long way in recent years, knowing the trouble code is the first step in the repair process. Without a good Diagnostic Scanner this could potentially be a long and complicated diagnostic process. Retrieving this code will definitely get you on the right track.
Working under the hood of a car can be the worst lighting situation for a mechanic. The structure of the hood can make the engine compartment a dark cavern, and, when a problem is difficult to fix or when you’re hot, tired, and frustrated, working on your vehicle can be painful. One of the biggest pains is when you lose something down into the engine compartment, and it seems to disappear. One of my personal favorites is when you can’t see a nut or bolt but you can feel it, so you’re working blind and hoping for the best. A good Underhood Light will remedy this frustration.
Have you ever lifted a ratchet or extension after finishing with a bolt only to find that the socket’s still attached to the bolt and not the tool? Have you dropped a socket into the engine compartment, or elsewhere on a vehicle? This often means downtime while you hunt for the lost socket. A Locking Extension would prevent that from happening in most cases.
When it comes to ROI (Return on Investment) an Air Ratchet is one of the best investments that a mechanic can make when it comes to his or her tools. Time is money and having the right tools can make virtually impossible tasks possible and make any job easier by eliminating hand wrenching. Similar to a manual ratchet, an air ratchet uses compressed air to rotate a motor, which transfers the force to an attached socket. Also, you can get an Air Ratchet into tight places in your car and get those tough nuts loosened. Another great thing about this tool is you can get leverage on bolts and no more busted knuckles. Those days are over with this air tool.
Crowfoot Wrenches are open-end sockets that come in handy when reaching around obstacles. They work where common 6pt and 12pt sockets and wrenches simply cannot fit. These handy problem solvers give you more options when you are trying to get at fasteners in tight, awkward spaces.
Believe me when I tell you that you’re going to need a Crowfoot Wrench. Sooner or later, you will find yourself in some kind of nasty situation where you can’t reach the bolt no matter what. In those kind of situations, tools like this, that seem to be unnecessary when you’re thumbing through a tool catalog — all of a sudden become a real lifesaver.
Air Impact Wrenches are used to transfer much larger amounts of force to the fastener, making it easier to remove or install fasteners than with a standard air ratchet. Also when using an Air Impact Wrench, you will notice that your projects will become more efficient and reliable than if you relied only on muscle power. It is a great time saver and a must have for every mechanic’s tool box.
On today’s vehicles, proper bolt torques have become more and more important, if not completely necessary. The days of doing it ‘Gutantight’ the German way are long gone. To be compliant with manufactures spec’s a Torque Wrench is needed. An improperly torqued fastener can shake loose and fall off. On the other hand, if the tension is too high, threads can strip and fasteners can break apart. This could amount to very costly repairs or even the loss of life.
When car enthusiasts and mechanics are asked what tool in their shop they couldn’t do without, the Floor Jack is by far the most popular choice.
Floor Jacks are a must have in any garage. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to change your oil or a tire. It is one of the most essential garage items to own because there’s no way of working without it. You wouldn’t be able to change brakes or your transmission fluid without a floor jack readily available. Floor Jacks are also good for helping to lift other heavy objects in the shop. You’d be surprised what you’ll be able to do with a floor jack.
Digital Multimeters are the most commonly-used test instruments by automotive technicians to troubleshoot electronic circuits. If you work with automotive electronics or electrical circuits, either as a professional or as a hobbyist, you need a Digital Multimeter. Without one, it’s almost impossible to troubleshoot circuits.
A Digital Multimeter will open up the world of electricity and electronics to you. With a multimeter, you’ll be able to make measurements that will show you what’s going on in a circuit. With that knowledge, you’ll be able to determine what repairs need to be made in the electrical systems.