Like other professions, it’s impossible to do work without the right tools. As an automotive mechanic , there are some must-have tools that need to always be with you person for any work you intend to do.
The reason for calling them must-haves is because they are not only applicable to most automotive works, but they are the very essential means to identify as a professional automotive mechanic.
The Set Of Tools You Should Have As An Automotive Mechanic
To be clear, I’m not just going to list five basic tools you need to have. I’m going to do one better and help you categorize your tools into 5 very important sections. You can buy different tool boxes for each category and fill them up as soon as you can afford to.
This is because one of the major mistakes made by mechanics is that they just buy tools as easy as it comes to them. For example, as an intending furniture maker, you could buy a hammer, a saw, and a couple of nails and think you’re good to go.
However, if you categorize your tools into cutting tools, fitting tools, alignment tools, etc., you’ll not only become more effective, but be even more prepared for whatever task you are faced with.
1). Hand Tools :
There are different examples of hand tools specific to different applications. The most essential of them include a full screwdriver set, wrenches and pliers.
Obviously, there are different types of the aforementioned tools. For starters, you’ll be fine with buying universal types such as adjustable wrenches or pneumatic wrenches (which all commercial garages seem to have), and a screwdriver set containing different heads including the flat, star and other Philips heads.
Other hand tools that are just as important include grinders, lathe machines and measuring tools such as pressure gauges and micrometers.
2). Welding Equipment :
As a mechanic, you need to be able to improvise. You won’t always have the freedom to replace broken parts with new ones for a lot of reasons. Your clients may not be able to afford the expenses, and the parts might not arrive quick enough and this could lead to some sort of inconvenience.
Some applications of welding equipment include exhaust systems, which could be removed and repaired using flame-torch cutting. Other times, instead of bolting, you might need to weld a nut to another metal part and this mostly requires stud or spot welding.
In similar occasions, you might need to use a spot weld cutter to remove old spot welds. Having the right tools would increase your productivity and help your clients appreciate your craft better.
3). Hoists and Lifts :
Professional automotive mechanics understand that not all vehicle problems can be solved by sliding under the vehicle. Sometimes, you will need to have the vehicle lifted up for better observation and proper repair.
There are a variety of lifts and hoists that help give auto mechanics better access to the part of the vehicle they intend fixing. Most garages (large ones) have pneumatic lifts that help raise the vehicle to appropriate levels, while others just have jacks or hoist systems and seem to get the job done.
Depending on your budget, you could start out with jacks and then work your way up to the pneumatic lifts. When you do, you’ll find that the job gets easier with the right tools. See the best floor jacks on the market.
4). Diagnostic Equipment :
Technology is the path to the future, literally. The more recent car diagnostic tools (OBD II) consist of scanners and error code readers. With this, you can detect whatever problem the vehicle has within minutes and without asking your clueless client ridiculous questions and making your diagnosis based on his or her guess. Also, you could get information on previous problems the vehicle has had and with it, make the right call based on your repair method.
The importance and advantage of this equipment is that diagnosis is part of your job as an automotive engineer, and clients pay for diagnosis alone. By plugging your diagnostic equipment in, you’ve made yourself some easy bucks even before the real work starts. The key is to work smarter and not just harder with blunt force. See the list of best professional automotive diagnostic scanners on the market.
5). Specialized Auto part tools :
These are tools specific to different parts in the vehicle. For example, the digital and mechanical micrometers are a broader version of the more specialized digital brake micrometers. Others include oil filter wrenches, steering wheel lock plates tools, cutter tools, clutch alignment tools, tire pressure gauges, spark plug sockets and strut spring compressors among other things.
You don’t need to get them in any particular order, but whenever you’re in the market for auto part tools, make sure you grab one or two no matter how irrelevant they seem to your current project. Also, have a separate and easily accessible storage spot for them because you can’t tell when they will come handy.
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