Mechanics are our go-to persons whenever there’s something wrong with our vehicles. In order to provide us with the services that are needed, they make use of a wide variety of tools together with their inherent skill and knowledge of auto mechanics. These tools range from the most basic and simple to most sophisticated and high tech. Below is a mechanics tools overview of some of the most common tools found in every mechanic’s shed.
Wrenches are among the mechanic’s most utilized tools. They are used for removing bolts and nuts. These come in wrench sets, where there is one wrench for every size that can possibly be needed. There are also special wrenches for unique sizes and uses. Some of the types of wrenches include Allen wrenches, high powered air ratchet wrenches (great for more difficult tasks that require a lot more than pure muscle when removing nuts and bolts), and a ratchet and socket set.
Again, there are different types of screwdrivers, each catering to the specific need for the task at hand. Mechanics need to have such variety when it comes to different screw types, sizes, and locations. Both phillips and flathead screwdrivers are a must-have in a mechanic’s toolbox. We also have magnetic-tipped ones that can enable the mechanic to maneuver along areas where he or she could not easily reach otherwise. Bendable screwdrivers also allow the mechanic to go to places that are hard to reach - especially small spaces and narrow areas.
Even non-professional mechanics have hammers in their tool shed. Hammers are essential for fastening and securing different auto parts. Mechanics make use of a full set of hammers, including different types like three-pound sledge hammers, claw hammers, plastic tip hammers, and ball peen hammers.
Auto shops would not be of much use without nails. Any mechanic shop has to have nail sets and punches. Auto mechanics make use of center, taper, and pin punches to help them nail and drill parts.
A variety of pullers is necessary to get the job done most times. Examples of the many kinds are ball joint separators, slide hammers, bearing pullers and gear pullers. Using the right kind of puller for the job not only completes the task - it also protects the parts that you are removing. Remember that using pliers or other tools not specifically designed for the task can only cause damage to the vehicle or the specific part in question.
Now, for the proper use of pliers: Pliers are used basically to grip different mechanical components, including bolts, screws and pins. They have two major parts - gripping heads and hinged handles. The name of a pair of pliers implies how it should be used or applied, which varies depending on the pliers’ heads’ shape. Vise grips, for instance, are the most common types, while round-nose ones are useful for tight spaces and stubby-headed pliers can also cut in addition to bending and gripping.
Power drills that are equipped with a driver bit allow them to fasten and remove bolts or screws. Those that are equipped with a boring bit allow them to bore holes through metals or plastics. Usually, power drills are handheld and look like a huge pistol with a lengthy shaft bending at a 90 degree angle forming its handle. The trigger that protrudes from inside the grip handle operates the fastening bit’s or the attached drilling’s rotation. These are able to minimize the amount of effort and time needed to install fasteners. These tools’ motors are powered by pneumatic force or (more commonly) electricity.
This tool is used to check for voltage as well as for basic troubleshooting. It is used to diagnose the electrical components of a vehicle, to check for the status of the battery, and identify if there is a bad connection or a shorted wire.
These replace the light bulb that is used for working underneath the car. Fluorescent drop cords are almost 100% break resistant and are cool to the touch, which helps prevent any burns to the body (from the bulbs) and also minimizes the possibility of broken glass from any broken bulbs. They emit a huge amount of light but with minimum glare.
We have come far in terms of technology in auto mechanics. Now, we use diagnostic software to help us with identifying problems and narrowing our options for solutions. Vehicle management software is very helpful for recording repairs. Computerized systems are great for assessing any damage.
These are only a handful of the many tools that mechanics use for their work. A lot of new tools are in the arsenal today, thanks to advancements in technology that help make the job a lot easier to accomplish. It is always important to have the right tool for the job to minimize the needed time and effort for the task at hand.