There are ways to work on your car without needing to go to the mechanic each time. If you went to the garage every single time there was something little wrong with your car, the amount of money it would cost you would have been a lot more than what you could have invested in a simple toolbox! Having a toolbox at home will be a lifesaver (and money saver) when it comes to making little repairs. And not only that, you are helping prolong the lifespan of your car without really doing that much to the car. You don’t have to be a qualified mechanic to make little adjustments to the car, as long as you have the right tools for the job.
If you do work on your vehicle, you need to make sure that you are safe. Have the right tools and clothing to be protected. Keep your eyes protected by using safety glasses or goggles to stop anything hitting you in the eye if you are checking underneath the car. As well as this, hearing protectors should be used and have gloves handy if you are working on the hotter parts of the cars. It should be said, if it’s a small job that you feel comfortable doing, that’s fine. However, if it is a big job, leave it to a professional mechanic. There are many firms, such as RC Auto Specialists, that can help you without you diving headfirst into a problem you have no idea how to solve.
Regarding the hand tools you will need, they are:
Wrenches – these can come in different sizes and designs. If you are planning on doing some very simple and straightforward maintenance or repairs, these are very important and should be an essential part of your toolkit. The different types of wrench include open-end, box-end, speciality and adjustable.
Sockets – you connect these to a ratchet or to a driver extension or universal joints. Sockets tend to come in classes of either regular or deep well. The deep well socket fits over the threads of a long bolt. The standard socket has either 12 or 6 points that fit over the long bolt thread. A way to figure out if you need to use 6 or 12 points, you use a 6 point if the head of the bolt/nut is slightly rounded. Make sure that you only use a wrench or a socket that fits the fastener properly i.e. tightly. Because if it is loose, it could round the fastener corners.
Ratchets – these are used with the sockets to turn the nuts and bolts. The typical size of a ratchet is usually ⅜” and they are common in basic toolboxes. The size of the square driver head will determine the appropriate ratchets, such as a ¼” drive ratchet will have driver heads sized ¼” x ¼”.
Pliers – last but not least! You can use these in many situations, whether to grab a cable, cut through something, or bend items. Typical types of pliers include groove joints, needle nose, diagonal cutters, and slip joint.