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Fixing your own car – 10 must haves

If something goes wrong with your car, the first thing you’re likely to think is, ‘how much is that going to cost?’ Car repairs can drain your pocket fast, but the good news is you can fix many problems yourself even with limited automotive knowledge and technical abilities – you just need the right tools. So, with this in mind here are ten items you definitely need if you’re planning a bit of vehicle maintenance.

  • Protective gloves
  • Mechanics are prone to nicks and cuts, so before attempting any kind of DIY make sure you have a pair of protective gloves nearby available from the likes of Brosch Direct. These should be chemical and cut-resistant if possible yet lightweight enough to allow you to work easily.
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Walk into any hardware shop and you’ll see a host of tools laid out in front of you, but which will get the job done? Well, adjustable wrenches are essential when it comes to car repairs as they can be used to screw and unscrew all kinds of nuts and bolts.
  • Line wrench
  • Before starting work on your vehicle, it’s worth investing in a high-quality line wrench – a must-have tool for anyone dealing with any kind of flare-nuts on fuel lines and break lines. These provide just the grip you need for a compression fitting and are a key component of a mechanic’s toolbox.
  • Pipe wrench
  • As you can see there are many varieties of wrenches, each with their own job to do.
    The pipe wrench is no different and is useful when working on heavy-duty suspension components and for removing rusty bolts.
  • Socket and ratchet set
  • In order to make tightening and loosening bolts as easy as possible, it’s a good idea to get hold of a socket and ratchet set. With sockets of all different sizes widely available you’ll be able to unscrew and screw even the largest or smallest of bolts without any hassle at all.
  • Pliers
  • If you want to change hoses, work with tricky connectors or fix the breaks, you’ll need a pair of pliers. While Vise Grips are ideal for taking off clamps and holding up the hood when the hydraulic rod has failed, long and short needle pliers are handy for getting into difficult areas.
  • Screwdrivers
  • New to car repairs? Then don’t do anything until you’ve bought a screwdriver set. There are many different types available, but at the very least you should own screwdrivers with a slot and Phillips head as well as a range of stub screwdrivers for reaching tight spaces.
  • Hammer
  • Going near your car with a hammer might sound a bit daunting, but if a component is stuck or lodged somewhere it shouldn’t be, a good whack with a heavy object might be just what it requires. Make sure you aim correctly, however, or you could leave an unsightly dent.
  • LED flashlight
  • Whether you’re looking underneath the hood of a car or lying underneath it to carry out some repairs, it’s likely to be pretty dark – which is where an LED flashlight and/or headlamp will come in handy. Both improve vision and can be used at night in emergency situations.
  • Jack
  • If you need to take the breaks off or get underneath the vehicle for any reason, an automotive jack is a must have. Of course, working with cars is a risky business so follow auto repair safety rules and use a jack-stand to support the car when using the jack.

So there you have it, ten essential items for budding mechanics.

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