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Automotive Tools

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

  1. 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 impact wrench, an air ratchet, a bolt spinner, an automotive stethoscope and many others.

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  1. Best Socket Set

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    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 likes best.

  2. 6 Point Sockets vs. 12 Point Sockets

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    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 at the auto supply store.

  3. How to Use a Torque Wrench

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

  4. Repair Damaged Nuts and Bolts

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    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 don't have time to search the stores for a replacement.

  5. Using a Vehicle Diagnostic Code Reader

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    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.

  6. Retire Your Old Automotive Test Light

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

  7. Car Accessories: DC/AC Inverter

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    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.

  8. Ratchet Rebuild

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    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, rebuild it with an inexpensive kit.

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