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The Top 4 Must-Have Tools for the Home Mechanic

Servicing your own car is not only a leeway to forgoing most of the services offered by your mechanic and consequently saving on your car’s maintenance costs; it also comes with a few bragging rights and a sense of fulfillment. Who wouldn’t enjoy the experience of successfully disassembling the various components of a vehicle and finally putting them up in the right and more functional way?  But before you begin experimenting and improving on your mechanical prowess, below is a quartet of essential tools to consider.

A service jack

Before graduating to rigorous servicing essentials, the home mechanic usually begins with simple but essential regular maintenance requirements such as changing worn out tires and oil. A service jack, accompanied by at least four safety pins, are buy once invaluable tools that will see you through ages of running basic maintenance routines such as oil change to more advanced ones involving many other important components found underneath your vehicle. A good 3-ton hydraulic jack can work best for you as the device safely bears the weight of a range of vehicles weighing up to six pounds.

Good lighting

Misplacing and losing parts in the middle of an operation is surely such a frustrating experience which you wouldn’t love to encounter. Therefore, good lights that can be rotated if possible will prevent you from fumbling with various parts in shadows and darkness. You could opt for a source which can focus lights exactly where you need it, or a number of sources to totally eliminate shadows from your working space.

Socket set

A socket set should arguably form the basis of a good toolbox. And if you land yourself a quality one, then it could be a one-time investment that will last for lifetime. Ensure that your choice of a socket set is compatible with your motor vehicles system of measurement; most of them are usually characterized by ¼-inch, ⅜-inch, and ½ -inch driver sockets. And since you wouldn’t want the different sockets which usually come in large numbers (more than 100 in some cases) falling all over the place upon opening up the case, a case that holds all the sockets and other accessories in place will give you value for money. Do not forget to account for those remote areas of your engine with extension bars that will reduce frustration while working with sockets.


We haven’t mentioned a series of other essential tools that will automatically feature in your home garage such as screwdrivers, pliers, drip pans, the tapes, spare fluids, calipers, and many more. As you consistently collect the needful large number of tools, you will need some order lest your own working space throws you into confusion whenever you need to carry out maintenance. A pegboard, tool cabinets, and shelving units are some of the options that could characterize your garage.

Overly, there are quite a number of great tools necessary to guarantee a smooth operation on your vehicle. These set of tools usually grow with advancements in your expertise in repairing or replacing the different parts of your car.

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  1. Dan

    May 18, 2018 at 10:58 am

    My dad isn’t exactly a mechanic but he’s always working on an engine in his spare time for enjoyment, more as a hobby than anything. I’m not really into that kind of stuff so this little guide has been pretty good for helping me pick a fathers day gift. Thanks!

  2. Jack

    May 30, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Cars need to be regularly checked for tons of reasons. But the primary one is safety. Having a regular check on your cars let you find parts that need to be replaced sooner before they give out.

  3. Trudy

    June 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Some cars just need better maintenance and conditioning. So why not go to service centers with technicians that are highly trained and highly experienced.

  4. Louis Clark

    November 20, 2018 at 5:17 am

    This is a nice post and thanks to you for your great experience shared with us. The socket set is a very important tool for the car owner.

  5. Ashwin

    February 8, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I can check the oil and pretty much look at the tires to tell when it’s time to get them replaced, but other than that, I’m going to need a couple of books and you-tube videos!

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