Essential Tools For DIY Auto Repair

Working on and maintaining your car can be rewarding and can save you money on mechanics bills. It’s a solid skill to have, which can help you out in a sticky road-side situation or if you have plans to customize and modify your car.

If you’re just getting into car repair, the amount of tools, equipment, and supplies needed can seem pretty daunting. Don’t stress out, the vast majority of maintenance and repairs on your vehicle can be done with a basic set-up that won’t break the bank. Here’s a list of tools and toolsets that will get you on the road to DIY repair.

Socket Set With Ratchets

socket set with ratchets essential car tool
Photo by Doresoom Tool Reviews/YouTube
Photo by Doresoom Tool Reviews/YouTube

What It Does: The vast majority of your car is held together with nuts and bolts. A good socket set with ratchets will give you the ability to remove and install all of those fasteners. The longer the ratchet, the more leverage it has to help with removal.

What To Look For: Start with a basic set that includes both metric and standard size sockets. You’ll want to have an assortment of 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ sockets and ratchets. You don’t have to buy every size now, you can add more to your set as you get more skilled.