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DIY Car Maintenance – Top Five Must-Have Tools – Parts Experts

Car Maintenance

You might question if you need as many tools for DIY car maintenance and repair when you see a professional mechanic's toolbox, which can easily weigh over a tonne. The short answer is "No, you don't need that many tools," but whether you're maintaining a new automobile, fixing a used car, or restoring a historic car, there are a few necessary items.

Repair Manual

Even though car manuals are sophisticated, many automakers no longer publish them since each year, make, and model takes up more shelf space. The abundance of knowledge included in printed or online car maintenance and auto repair manuals may seem intimidating at first, but it is essential for maintaining and repairing your vehicle.

Basic Tools

Ratchets and sockets, combination wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, punches, chisels, and maybe a toolbox make up the standard mechanic's toolkit. Some tool sets include both imperial and metric tools, which is not necessarily essential. Although most automobiles today are metric, you may require inch tools if you're working on an older model, something you know to be SAE, or specific lawn and garden equipment.

Torque Wrench

A few torque wrenches should always be available to mechanics. Every fastener on your automobile does, in fact, have a torque specification, and you wouldn't want your brake pads to come out due to improper torque. You don't want to over- or under-torque anything because torque is crucial. Undertorque can result in missing parts or inadequate sealing, while overtorque might cause damage.

Lifting Tools

Never place any portion of your body under a car that isn't fully supported by jack stands while lifting something that big. Block the wheels to the opposite of the lift on a level surface, then elevate using a hydraulic jack. Lastly, place the car on the jack stands. To avoid harming your car or yourself, consult your owner's handbook for the proper lift points.

Scan tool

The check engine light alerts you to a problem, but you cannot afford to make an educated guess as to what it may be. Thankfully, scan tools are accessible and simple to use. Many automobiles can connect to OBD2 scan tools. This Bluetooth adapter for the Bosch OBD2 Mobile Scan Tool may turn your tablet or smartphone into a potent diagnostic tool.

The typical person travels more than 15,000 km annually. Regular automobile maintenance is necessary to keep it operating strong and effectively. But you don't have to waste time seeing a technician. You can perform many automotive maintenance and auto repair activities yourself if you have the right tools and a little know-how.

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