Automotive Tools

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

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 the trouble code readout.

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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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.

  • Best Air Tools for Automotive work

    You’ll get more jobs done faster—and better—by expanding your collection of air tools. Air tools speed up auto work and can loosen just about…

  • 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.