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7 Precision Tools Every Man Needs When Working on Their Car

7 Precision Tools Every Man Needs When Working on Their Car

If you've ever wanted to start make your own car repairs, but felt like you were out of your depth, this list will help you fill your toolbox. You'll be able to fix almost any problem your car can throw at you.

Torque Wrench

Bolts and nuts require specific torque to make sure they're tightened correctly and efficiently. A loose nut or bolt can mean disaster on the road. Each nut and bolt has torque specifications, and a clicking torque wrench provides precision work. Make sure the wrench has 100 pound pressure or more.

Code Reader

A code reader will help you figure out why your check engine light is on, or whether you'll need a professional to fix your vehicle. You won't be at the mercy of a mechanic when you know the code your vehicle is emitting. You'll be able to clear the check engine light yourself instead of spending valuable time and money for a mechanic.

Set of Wrenches

You can buy an entire set of wrenches, or you could buy a few adjustable wrenches. It's a personal choice when you're fixing your vehicle. It depends on your budget as well. The few adjustable wrenches can be much less expensive than buying a toolbox filled exclusively with every wrench you could possibly own. It is important to have a few options though.


When choosing a set of screwdrivers, you should have a few different types of heads for them. It helps if they're magnetized too. With a magnetized screwdriver, you don't have to worry about dropping a screw where you can't reach it.

Ratchet and Socket Set

In some cases, you'll need a ratchet set. If you buy a set of ratchets, make sure you buy an extender to reach those nuts and bolts that are out of the way inside the engine space. It'll save you from having to crawl under the car unnecessarily.


The digital multimeter will help you make sure your battery is fully charged at all times. You'll be able to measure the battery to ensure that it won't die on you at the wrong time. You can also check the other wiring in the vehicle too.

Spark Plug Spanner

Removing and replacing the spark plugs is the easiest thing to do to tune up your vehicle. It's great when you can replace them yourself. Use a spark plug spanner, which has rubber within the socket to keep the wrench from breaking the spark plug.

When you're repairing your own vehicle, think about the seals you'll need to fix it. You can purchase from a company like Phoenix Specialty to make your repairs correctly.

Author: Lizzie Weakley

Written on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Brian
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