Choosing your first mechanical hand tools set really depends on the type of work you’re going to be doing. If you are working on older cars, you will possibly only need what is known as imperial tools. Newer cars and trucks, however, call for metric tools, as most of them are computer controlled. Of course, you know the basic tools that you will probably have to have: spanners, socket sets, screwdrivers, (both flathead and Phillips head), pliers, and a good set of Allen wrenches. But how do you go about choosing the correct tools for your trade? Read on for some tips on what to buy for a basic mechanic tool kit.
Nine times out of ten you will be working underneath a truck or car at some time or another. In that case you need a good trolley jack, however make sure that the trolley jack is weighted for the vehicle you are working on. Safety should always come first, and improper tools can lead to accidents. If you are going to be working under a vehicle for a long period of time, you’ll also need axle stands, as jacks aren’t designed to support the weight of a vehicle for prolonged periods of time.
It’s important to remember that some tools may be specific to the vehicle you are working on. These tools include spark plug spanners and oil filter wrenches. Changing spark plugs is something you will do often and without the right size spanner it will be difficult to remove the spark plugs for changing. Spanners come in two sizes, so it’s best if you have both, and an oil filter wrench as well.
When it comes electric tools, jump leads are not recommended since they can do considerable damage and are also considered dangerous. A soldering iron, however, is recommended if you will be messing with electronics.
Working with fluids requires a jug to catch them in. Make sure you get a good sized jug to catch spillage. Jugs also allow you to put the right amount of liquid aside to avoid damaging the engine of the vehicle you are working on by not adding the right amount back in.
Other general tools that are a good idea for you to have in your mechanics kit include, but aren’t limited to, a good degreaser, a water displacer, duct tape, (good for many uses), some oils and greases, and don’t forget the electrical tape. It is also a good idea to have a bright safety lead light. Having a safety lead light will free up your hands to do the work needed while still allowing you to see.
Having the right mechanics tools, no matter what type of vehicle you are working on, will help ensure that you do the best job that you can do. Many auto mechanic shops require that you bring at least a basic mechanics tool kit with you upon being hired for employment. If you have the basic kit mentioned above then you should be good to go for at least a little while.