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Car parts & accessories | 30.04.2014 - 21:32

Car Repairs: Six Tools To Keep In Your Garage

Stocking your garage for basic car repairs can be confusing. Here's some ideas to get you started.

Everyone’s garage deserves to be the man-cave or she-cave of their dreams. Essential to this are tools that make your work and your life easier, here are six tools that can achieve this and leave you ready to tackle any automotive repair project.


1 Floor Jack

Get your vehicle off the ground with a 2 ¼ ton floor jack, wheels into any position with ease and allows you to get to the down and dirty side of that car or truck. From brake jobs, tire changing to major jobs, many require your car to be off the ground.


2 Impact Wrench

Tired of breaking your back while breaking lug nuts and bolts? Stock your garage with an impact wrench, whether electrically or air-powered, this handy piece of equipment will make your job go easier and save time.


3 Combination and other Wrenches

These are the work horses of any tool set, no, they’re not glamorous but they are essential. Combination wrenches serve duty by being able to fit into tight spaces and deal with any gritty job. Be sure to have a set of both metric and standard to cover the varied needs of your vehicle. Throw in a pipe wrench for those heftier jobs and a torque wrench when tightening specifics are required. (Note here that your toque wrench needs to occasionally be re-calibrated to keep it accurate.)


4 Socket Sets

Not a question whether you need socket sets, crucial to getting any automotive job done, make sure you have both metric and standard sets in your collection. Having ½” drive will allow you to work on larger projects but 3/8” drive makes easy work of interior and smaller jobs. Throw in here a flex-head ratchet simply because some things are difficult to reach and it gives you more range to work.


5 Pliers

For every job there are specialty pliers, slip-joint, needle-nose, tongue and groove, or locking pliers, bottom line is you can never have too many pliers.


6 Tool Chest

While this technically is not a tool, its’ place in your garage isn’t questioned, it gives you a place to put your tools and keep them at easy finger tip reach.

Whether you’re a weekend mechanic, casual maintenance person or car enthusiast, a well stocked garage and tool chest makes your life easier, frees up time and saves you money in the long run by doing it yourself. Freedom, that’s what we’re talking about.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Information credited to New Hampshire Honda Dealership.

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