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Old 06-01-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default What kind of Automotive tools should a mechanic have?

Since ebay is switching over their search interface to the "new and improved" for good on June 10 (can't opt out), I want to buy what I need off ebay before they do this because once they do, I won't be able to use the site at all. Anyway, I wanted to know the extent of the type of tools you guys have to work on your cars. I want to have enough tools to do an engine rebuild (I think?), transmission rebuild, and just basically have enough generic tools that'll allow me to do most things on a car. I'm not really interested in tools that can only be used on a specific model or make of car, I'm looking at tools that can be used on multiple makes of cars such as a tool for working on drum brakes..

I'm already looking at/have purchased some torque wrenches (250ft-lbs - 75in-lbs), feeler/spark plug gap gauges, allen wrenches in metric and standard, sockets/ratchets/wrenches that has metric and standard sockets for 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2, Universal joints plus extensions and or angle joints, wire stripper, pliers, flare nut wrenches, spark plug sockets, multimeter with different probes, Multipurpose screw driver with 54 pc. (multiple heads), flash light, gas can, funnel, strap wrench, and I can't think of anything else.

The only items I can think of that I would need are a Vise, some hammers- plastic, ball peen - can't think of any other kind, jack stands, scales for various weights and I can't think of anything else.

So, if you can, please post what else you think a mechanic should have in his garage and why. Sure you could just say, look at this catalog and be done but a lot of those things are just there to make things "easier" and aren't really necessary at all such as a lift or some strange type of tool that is used specifically on Audi TTs suspension component.
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Why would you buy tools off of Ebay anyway? Theres a reason why Snap-on and Craftsman have lifetime warranties on their tools.
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Why would you buy tools off of Ebay anyway? Theres a reason why Snap-on and Craftsman have lifetime warranties on their tools.

I'm sorry, but I never knew, why does Crapsman have lifetime warranties on their tools? I never understood that because the few times I went in there in the past to warranty anything, they strongly reminded me that Craftsman doesn't warranty tools for professional use.

Fukk Craftsman.

OP, get Snap-On, Mac, Matco, or even Cornhole if you must, but don't buy Craftsman junk. I used to get crappy condition tools off of e-bay, then wait til the Snap-On/Mac guy rolled around and then warranty them.
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Wait until the Snap-On or Matco guy rolls through your shop, go onto their truck, and prepare to sign over half your paycheck to them.
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I'm sorry, but I never knew, why does Crapsman have lifetime warranties on their tools? I never understood that because the few times I went in there in the past to warranty anything, they strongly reminded me that Craftsman doesn't warranty tools for professional use.

Fukk Craftsman.

OP, get Snap-On, Mac, Matco, or even Cornhole if you must, but don't buy Craftsman junk. I used to get crappy condition tools off of e-bay, then wait til the Snap-On/Mac guy rolled around and then warranty them.
i use craftsman and i broke breaker bars, sockets they replace 'em. I would NOT go into detail how i broke the tool just bring it in (broken tool) and honor my warranty.
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i use craftsman and i broke breaker bars, sockets they replace 'em. I would NOT go into detail how i broke the tool just bring it in (broken tool) and honor my warranty.
Seriously. Just don't wear your work shirt and don't bring in garbage bags full of broken tools and you should be fine.

I'm not a professional, but I've warrantied 3 3/8" rachets at a time before. Cashier didn't even look at them. They know their tools are junk and they aren't surprised when you return them.
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Wait wtf is going on with eBay?
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EDIT: micrometer and caliper
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What kind of tools do you need?

I would say all of them. Any tool you can purchase would be of use at some point working in the automotive industry.

I have a plum bob in my matco box. I use it for stringing links and finding centerlines for rear ends.
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Besides checking your brake rotor or clutch disc thickness, what else would they be used for? (In non fabrication circumstances, cause I really don't know)
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Besides checking your brake rotor or clutch disc thickness, what else would they be used for? (I really don't know)
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i've learned from years of working on cars the tool's you need are the ones that you don't have...alot of my tools seem to come up ''missing'' so i'd suggest buying 2 of everything that you can and getting a locking tool box
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You'll want pry bars; a full set of (deep) impact sockets, extensions, u-joints and a nice gun; every strange-looking set of pliers you can find; an impact driver; a timing light; a bunch of portable lighting (drop lights and stand lights); a tap and die set; etc.

You need a bunch of everything.
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Don't skimp on cheap screwdrivers or wrenches either.

IMO Matco makes the best impact sockets and universal pinless sockets...and Snap-On makes the best screwdrivers by far. Half of the Mac tools catalog is the same as Craftsman.
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Take arch's list, add an air hammer, air ratchet (3/8 and a good butterfly 1/4 if you can find one), 2 cases of PB blaster, a couple of different height bottle jacks, a small set of ratcheting wrenches, vise grips and a big breaker bar.
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and ****, you need an air compressor all the basic attachments, impact gun, air chisel, some sort of grinder.

also

needlenose pliers, crescent wrench, tin snips, good soldering gun, a 135W MIG welder, die grinder/dremel, angle grinder, sawzall, cordless drill, a good jack...

and the list goes on and on
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and ****, you need an air compressor all the basic attachments, impact gun, air chisel, some sort of grinder.

also

needlenose pliers, crescent wrench, tin snips, good soldering gun, a 135W MIG welder, die grinder/dremel, angle grinder, sawzall, cordless drill, a good jack...

and the list goes on and on
HAHA... most of the expensive stuff you can rent from a local place tho, such as the mid, sawzall, etc etc. Somethings are nice to have on hand tho.
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Multi-meter. Test light. And ability to use them can get you very far.
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