One of the best things that the internet has given us is this DIY culture where people can learn how to do simple repairs at home on their own. Whether it be fixing a small auto issue or just getting your lawnmower started. You'd be surprised at how much you can do yourself with some really basic tools.
In this article we’re going to go over some toolbox essentials. This way you will be able to tackle your first automotive DIY.
A regular metric socket set: this is like the absolute bare essential that you're going to need for pretty much any maintenance or modification that you want to do on your car. Generally 8mm through about 22mm is a good range that gets me through most projects, whether it be under the hood or in the suspension.
The next tool that you're going to want to buy is a decent full-size floor jack. A lot of people use the one that comes with a spare tire that you have to hand crank. This is not really designed for you to be able to work on your car, it's really more of an emergency jack. If you’re getting serious you should look at a full size, three ton floor jack. One that you can slide the whole thing under the car, this will make your life so much easier. It makes lifting up your car really accurate. If you have a lowered car, be sure that you get a low profile one that way you can slide under the car without scraping on the bumpers. Important! Be sure to check your owner's manual to find the exact jacking point so that you don't accidentally damage your car while you're jacking it up.
Jack Stands: You should never crawl under a car that is only held up with a jack. These are a critical safety tool whenever you're lifting your car up, you never want the full weight of the car just resting on the jack itself. You want to jack the car up and then use these to support the weight of the car. Here are a few more safety tips:
- Park on Level Ground.
- Secure the Vehicle.
- Find the Correct Jack Points.
Torque Wrenches: Every nut and bolt on/in your car has a torque specification which is a really precise measurement of exactly how tight everything needs to be. So, without using a torque wrench, you're really just guessing on the tightness, you could possibly over tighten something and strip a bolt, or you could not tighten something and not have it come loose over time. You don't want that to happen.
Trim Removal Tools:If you're going to be doing any kind of work on your interior. Whether it's upgrading your speakers or hardwiring a dashcam you will require some interior trim removal tools. These are really great, they usually come in a kit that gives you a couple different sizes so you get the exact angle or the exact shape for the part that you're trying to remove, and the good thing about these is that they're just made out of plastic. So, you're not going to damage your trim in the process. Like you would if you were trying to use like a flathead screwdriver or something like that could possibly damage the trim. Definitely pick up a set of these or a safe trim removal.
Torque Screwdrivers:When you're working on your car you will come across these weird screws that have a star shape on the top, as opposed to a traditional Phillips head or Flathead these are torque screws, and they're going to use special torque screwdrivers to be able to remove them. Some brands use these torque screws more so than others throughout a car. We highly recommend that you pick up a set for your next DIY project.
Wheel Sockets: These have really soft protective sleeves to protect the paint on the wheel when you're taking the bolts off. Highly recommend, especially if you have nice aftermarket wheels, you want to keep looking fresh. So, use one of these protective wheel sockets.
Oil change supplies: It's a good idea to be able to change your own oil, because going to save thousands of dollars over time by doing the simple maintenance yourself as opposed to just go into the dealership for it. It will also help the longevity of your car.