Automotive Tools

Learn about automotive tools that will make your vehicle repairs easier.

Car Accessories: DC/AC Inverter

Charging a laptop or other electronic device on a car cigarette lighter works differently than charging from an outlet. Here's what you need to know.

Automotive Tools projects

  • Changing a Car Serpentine Belt

    Automatic belt tensioners, standard in most cars now, make changing a serpentine belt a simple DIY repair. Follow the clear photos and…

  • Top Auto Mechanic Tools

    Pro mechanics reveal their top automotive tools, the ones that they keep close at hand and work best for them, including a battery-powered…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Splice Automotive Wires

    Use a professional crimper and electrical moisture sealant to make quick, solid connections in auto wiring.

  • How to Remove Panel Clips

    Panel clips are used to hold door and splash panels in place, and it's important to use the right tool to remove and reinsert them or they can…

  • Ratchet Rebuild

    Don't throw away a good ratchet wrench that suddenly jams or won't change directions. Take it apart and grease it, and if that doesn't work,…

  • Retire Your Old Automotive Test Light

    Invest in a computer-safe test light and retire the old incandescent test light. The old one can damage sensitive electronics in your car.

  • Repair Damaged Nuts and Bolts

    A rethreading kit is an important part of any automotive toolbox. Use it to restore stripped threads on old, rusty nuts and bolts when you…

  • Using a Vehicle Diagnostic Code Reader

    Diagnose car problems without going to a mechanic with an auto code reader. Simply plug it into the car's computer system, then interpret…

  • Tips for Buying a Mechanic's Creeper

    Padded undercar creepers are worth the investment, even for amateur mechanics. You’ll enjoy changing the oil and working on the engine more when…

  • LED Safety Lighting

    A retractable LED work light is safer than incandescent drop lights and a pocket LED puts light right where you need it in tight quarters.

  • 6 Point Sockets vs. 12 Point Sockets

    Are 12-point sockets as good as six-point sockets? Find out the answer—and why—before you buy that expensive set of socket wrenches…

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