Automotive Tools

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

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  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • How to Use a Torque Wrench

  • Buy and use a torque wrench to prevent common over-tightening problems and avoid expensive fixes later.

  • OBD Scan Tool for Smartphones

  • Using an OBD scan tool you can track down engine problems through your car’s engine control computer, then send the results to your smartphone.

  • Best Socket Set

  • Our staff expert tests and compares 5 socket sets from top manufacturers. Here are the results of his review and a run-down of the features he…

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