Automotive Tools projects
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…
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…
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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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Diagnose Car Problems With a Stethoscope
Diagnosing many car problems is easier with an automotive stethoscope, a tool that lets you hear inside the engine. Here's an introduction to…
How to Use a Torque Wrench
Buy and use a torque wrench to prevent common over-tightening problems and avoid expensive fixes later.