What You Need To Know About Tools For Automotive Repair

Using tools for automotive repair can be quite daunting if you are a beginner and do not know your way around a tool box. Thankfully, it is not that hard to get the hang of using them. There are many different types of tools that exist when it comes to repair and DIY, but there is a specialised set of tools that come into play when you are talking about automotive repair. You need to use automotive tools on cars only, or else you risk causing major damage to the vehicle itself.

A list of automotive tools

There are different tools for different exercises, namely the body and then under the hood. The focus here is on the tools that go under the hood.

  • Screwdrivers
  • Hex keys
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Ratchet driver
  • Cutting pliers
  • Torque wrench
  • Sockets
  • Extensions
  • Crescent wrench
  • PB blaster
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Breaker bar

This is a list of all of the basic tools that you will need in order to conduct repairs under the hood, or to service a vehicle.

The first thing that you need to buy is a screwdriver. One with a four pointed star at the end is ideal. This will be useful for unscrewing parts of the car that are screwed together. In order to determine the size of the screwdriver, simply measure the screws. Hex keys, also commonly known as Allen keys, are small pieces of metal that have a hexagonal shape. These are also used for tightening parts in the vehicle. The classic open end wrench is the most commonly used tool in automotive repair. It is able to loosen all of the nuts and bolts that are in the car. You will need varying sizes per vehicle. If the oil needs to be changed, the best thing to do is to use your oil filter wrench, as any other wrench will simply cause damage to the filter. Your ratchet wrench is your most useful tool, as it is adjustable and has got the ability to fit into many sockets – so you need this tool in your toolbox for sure. If you want to tackle wiring, you will need to have some pliers on hand that can also be adjusted.

So, there you have the basic breakdown of what you need to know when it comes to tools for automotive repairs. Before you go ahead with a vehicle repair, just remember that you need to have all of the tools mentioned above.

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