Successful mechanics are those who are always prepared and have all the necessary tools at their disposal. Their garage cabinets are always fully equipped and well stocked. It is easier to work effortlessly and efficiently when you know what you have and where you have it. An efficient mechanic inspires confidence in his customers with his prowess and organizational abilities besides the repair itself while an ill organized and clueless mechanic is on his way to his own doom.
Therefore, it is essential that you have an inventory of the most essential tools you must have in your garage. Almost all car mechanics swear by the usefulness of the tools listed below.
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It is a tool designed to deliver high torque with minimal exertion. Often working in confined spaces where reaching the nuts and bolts can be immensely troublesome, time consuming and difficult an impact wrench comes very handy. With minimal force you can undo or tighten the nuts and bolts because of the high torque and very quickly too. The three types of wrenches are powered by air, electricity and battery. The air wrench is used mostly by professionals while most home users prefer the electric or the mobile wrench.
Ratchet is an apparatus that allows uninterrupted motion either in a linear direction or in rotatory motion while preventing motion in the opposite direction. Ratchets are friendlier to nuts and bolts then wrenches. There are four types of ratchets which are used quiet frequently in auto repairs.
- Air ratchet: A very powerful tool which can very easily slip a socket onto a bolt head by just pulling a trigger. Used in confined spaces.
- Flex head ratchet: AS the name suggest this tool can be used in tight spaces as it gives you maximum advantage to loosen spark plugs and fasteners.
- Bent handle flex ratchet: Most often you need a ratchet to reach hard to access places and screws placed at awkward angles; a bent-handle flexible-head ratchet is the ideal tool for such situations. This tool protects your knuckles when the bolts break free.
- Finger ratchet: This ratchet is most convenient to loosen the hex-head screws. Ratchet and Wrench is resource I use to keep up with the latest trends and technology for auto mechanic tools.
A common irritant for a car driver are noises that are hard to place and difficult to resolve. With technological advances even the tools used for repairing, wireless stethoscopes are available nowadays to track down the source of an annoying noise.The set includes microphones which can be clamped at the suspect site of noise and a transmitter which will help in identifying the exact spot.
Extension bar lock
With latest models hitting the roads ever so often, auto repair mechanics are hard pressed to keep up with the new technology and components that area different in each brand. An extension bar increases your reach to practically inaccessible places and helps you replace nuts and install bolts.
Vacuum pump pressure testing kit
This is a really handy tool, a must have when you have to check the status of vacuum controlled sensors and motors or to find a leaking vacuum. The pump can be used to flush the power steering fluids too.
Spark plug pliers
Spark plug wires have an important part to play in the performance of your vehicle and hence they need regular maintenance and periodical changing. This set of pliers helps you reach the spark plug and pull them quite comfortably.
Screw pitch gauge
At times it is quite annoying to not find the right size of nuts and bolts. An inexpensive screw pitch gauge helps you mate the thread of the nut or bolt and find a perfect match thereby reducing the time needed to try and find the correct the size. This single tool can be used for both English and metric thread sizes.
There are other less essential tools which can definitely make your work more bearable and put less strain on your back and shoulders.
When you reach down and lift old and dead batteries and then carry them away, you put a huge strain on your back. With the battery carrier you can do it almost effortlessly and painlessly too.
Angle nose pliers
A plier which lets you see what you are doing under the hood of a car.
Clip on light
You can work effectively when the area under the hood is well lit and you needn’t deny yourself this convenience by using a clip on light.
During servicing of a vehicle the oil needs to be replaced and draining it can be a messy process but with the flexible funnel you can drain oil from almost any spot into a drain pan.
Stock your garage cabinets with the above tools and be ready to offer the best possible service to any customer who comes your way.