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Car Repair Tools

Tools You Need to Get Started in Car Repair

Before you embark on your journey into the realm of do-it-yourself auto repair, be sure your tool box has what you need to make your repair easy, pain free, and safe. There are some really great kits out there if you want to make things easy. Craftsman offers a nice selection of mechanics' tool assortments to fit lots of budgets. I don't care what the snobs say, Craftsman hand tools work well, and they come with a lifetime warranty so even if a tool breaks it gets replaced free.

Every mechanic has his or her own list of "the most important tools" but we'll offer you a basic starter list to get you going. Let's get it together. For more information on any item, click on it and you'll be taken to the details.

Basic Tools:

  • screwdrivers
  • hex keys
  • open end wrenches
  • oil filter wrench
  • ratchet driver in 1/4 and 3/8, maybe 1/2
  • cutting pliers
  • extensions
  • sockets
  • torque wrench
  • PB Blaster or another penetrating oil
  • work light, fluorescent or LED
  • repair manual!
  • pliers (sometimes it has to be)
  • channel locks
  • crescent wrench
  • breaker bar or impact gun

Safety Gear:

  • eye protection
  • fire extinguisher
  • oil spill collector
  • gloves
  • rags
  • line wrenches

Electrical Tools:

  • circuit tester
  • digital multimeter
  • wire snips
  • crimping tool
  • wire strippers, no teeth please