If you know what you’re doing, there are many reasons to skip out on an overpriced trip to an automotive servicer. Buying and installing parts yourself saves you boatloads, and for many, it provides quiet refuge on a day off. If you’re interested in fixing your car at home, here is just some of the equipment you’ll need.
For those without any formal auto repair training, you likely need help finding solutions before you try to fix your car’s problems. Luckily, plenty of reputable resources abound in the age of the Internet. Step-by-step resources such as AutoMD and YouTube videos will demonstrate in great detail how to make simple repairs. Your owner’s manual may also be of help.
Repairs as simple as an oil change will require you to get under your car. Keep your safety in mind by investing in a quality jack, ramps, or a car lift. Most cars come with a jack stored in the back, but a Dannmar car lift will give you more room to work with. If using a floor jack or ramps, be sure to secure your car in place with jack stands for your safety.
Every job you’ll perform on your car requires at least one of the following: pliers, torque wrench, adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, and a socket. Preferably, you need to own complete sets for these, as variations in sizes will give you more flexibility. While not tools per se, you’ll also need WD40, and a digital OBD2 scanner will diagnose potential problems.
You can’t rely on always having clear skies. Make sure you have a dependable, constant source of light when working on your car.
Even experienced mechanics accidentally drop their tools in hard-to-reach places. Having an extendable magnet on hand can get you out of a tough jam with ease.
For oil changes, you need an oil funnel and pan for when you drain the oil. For any job, you’ll need a good pair of gloves. Keep in mind your gloves are likely to ruin with the amount of dirt and grime you come in contact with, so invest in high-quality disposable gloves.
Car repairs will cost you time and money no matter what, but DIY car repairs keep some money in your wallet while making you proud at the end of a long day’s work. With enough practice and the right tools, anyone can be an amateur mechanic.