Any mechanic will have a set of tools that he or she uses most often for all of their vehicle repairs. Since this tool set is used frequently, it will need to be properly taken care of and maintained to ensure the tools are in proper working condition and safe to use. You have already spent an abundance of money on all of these tools and your equipment. You want to be sure they are taken care of so all that money does not go to waste and you do not have to spend more on new ones. If your tool set is maintained, it has the potential to last you for a long time to come.
When you work on vehicles, you will most likely get grease and dirt all over your tools. After every use, your tools should be cleaned. At the very least, you need to take a rag and wipe the grease off of the tool. You do not want the grease sitting on it because it will make it hard to handle in the future. Your hands will easily slip on the oil that is caked on, possibly causing you to lose your grip on the tool while you are using it. You would not want something like that to happen, and end up having it fall on you, or even the car and making a scratch.
To fully clean your tools, you may soak them in a bucket of warm water. Add in some dish soap. Once you have let them soak for about five minutes or so, put on some gloves and scrub the oil and grease off of them with a scrub brush. Have a second bucket of water nearby that is only water. Rinse your tools in this once they have been washed. Then set them out on a towel to dry. Do not put the tools away until they are one hundred percent dry.
Oftentimes, your tools will begin to rust. A tool that is too badly rusted will not work very well for you. In order to keep it in good working condition, you need to keep the tool from rusting, as well as remove the rust when it occurs. To keep your tools from rusting, be sure they are always dry. That is not to say they can’t get wet, because obviously they will when you are washing them, but they need to be fully dried off before you put them away. If they sit wet for too long, it could make the tool start to rust.
Take steel wool or a scrub brush and rub the rust off of the tool. You need to do this as carefully as possible so you do not cause any scratches. If there is still a lot of rust on the tool, use a degreaser to get rid of it. You can then spray a corrosion protectant onto the surface of the tool to help avoid rusting in the future. This is especially important for larger, more powerful tools.
If there are any removable parts on your tools that can easily be replaced, do so when needed. For larger tools, this is going to be essential. You do not want to spend a ton of money replacing the entire machine, but you can simply replace a couple of small parts to keep it in good working condition. Be sure to thoroughly check your tools often to see if anything needs updating and replacing.
By maintaining your mechanics tool set, you are keeping all of your tools in proper working order so that they may continue to be useful to you when you need them. Be sure that your tools are kept clean, grease and grime free, without rust, and replace the parts if need be. Tools are one thing that mechanics always need, and the longer they last, the better it will be. There is no sense spending money on new tools often when all you have to do is take care of the ones you already have. Take care of them, and they will be there for you when you need them to work.