When you have not reached the age of driving, you fancy driving as one of the most fun activities in the world. However, the real drivers will tell you how much of a responsibility it is to own a car and to keep it maintained. The point to understand here is that you can’t rely on a mechanic for every little fix in your car. This will cost you a lot, and at times the mechanic will not be available nearby. It is therefore highly recommended that you learn to fix the little and common problems of your car yourself.
Fixing your car is not a problem. The big problem is when you are trying to fix it with the wrong tools. If you have the right tools in the box, you can fix any problem within minutes. Here is a list of 4 tools that should help you greatly as a mechanic for your own car.
1. Torque Wrench
This is one of the most important tools you must have as the owner of a car. The place for this tool is special among others because it does a very sensitive job. The purpose of torque wrench is as simple as tightening the bolts and nuts on your vehicle. However, the sensitive part of this whole process is that it provides you an accurate value of the torque being applied on the nut or bolt. Why this part is sensitive is because there are certain bolts and nuts in your car that require only a specific amount of tightening. You will need a torque wrench when tightening bolts and nuts on flywheel, camshaft timing gear, lug nuts, connecting rod, main bearing cap etc.
You need not just one but many screwdrivers when you are dealing with auto repairing. It would be best if you could purchase a whole kit that contains many different types of screwdrivers. It’s not that you only need 2 types of screwdrivers, the flat and Phillips screwdrivers. You also need many different sizes of screwdrivers. A lot of times while working on the engine of your car you will need to work in tight places. To work in such tight places, you need stubbed screwdrivers. These screwdrivers are very small in size and let you work in small and tight places with great ease.
You might think that this particular item does not need to be mentioned separately. However, it is no surprise that most of the car drivers forget about having a flashlight with them most of the time. There are times when it’s already dark and you have to work on some part of your cart that has just started acting up. You can’t postpone this particular task because you can’t afford to take risks in the dark. That’s when you need a flashlight to show you what you are working on and if you are holding your screwdrivers in the right position. The flashlight will also help you locate the right tools in your box or bag so you don’t have to spend all your time looking through your tools in a hurry.
4. Extension Bar
Every tool in a tool kit has its own place. You might not always need the extension bars but when you do, you will not be able to do without them. As the name suggests, the extension bar is a long bar that allows you to access places that are not easily accessible with ordinary tools. They are used with socket wrenches and can increase your reach by up to one foot. There are many instances while working on the engine of your car when you will encounter bolts that can’t be reached with your ordinary wrench.