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…
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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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…