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10 Tools Every Professional Automotive Technician Needs
Automotive technician jobs are made easier with the right tools. The Tite-Reach Ratchet Extender lets you access tight spots without removing parts.
The Best Tool to Eliminate Air Bubbles
Air bubbles can form while mechanics perform service on coolant systems. A vacuum coolant filler helps eliminate this problem to avoid serious damage.
The Best Tool to Find Coolant Leaks
Diagnosing a car issue can be a tricky without proper tools. A coolant pressure tester is useful for diagnosing overheating issues and coolant leaks.
10 Best Online Stores for Automotive Tools & Equipment
Shopping online provides an endless catalog for the right automotive tools you need to be a mechanic. ASE Deals offers free shipping for many items.
The Best Tool to Scan for Extra Diagnostic Capabilities
Scan tools help mechanics quickly figure out what issues are present in a vehicle. Snap-On's Versus lets technicians look at several areas at a time.
The Best Tool to Reach Hose Clamps
Hose clamps are present in most cars, but can be hard to reach. Remote access hose clamp pliers solve this common issue for automotive technicians.
5 Essential Items to Keep In Your Car
A first aid kit, jumper cables, a tool kit, a flashlight, and a spare fuel can are five of the most important things you should keep in your car.
The Best Tool to Diagnose Sensor Failures
Mechanics may regularly run into sensor failures when performing a repair service. Automotive oscilloscopes help properly diagnose these issues.
How to Maintain Automotive Power Tools
Automotive technicians take care of power tools to save money. Check for dirt and debris and change filters and oil regularly to maintain longevity.
Should I Buy Electric Automotive Power Tools?
Automotive technician jobs require electric power tools, which are user-friendly and easy to transport, but can be expensive.
Should I Buy a Bidirectional Scanner?
Automotive technician jobs require mechanics to use bidirectional scanner to take as well as input information when diagnosing car problems.
Is It Time to Upgrade Your OBD Scanner?
Automotive technician jobs require OBD scanners. Use yours when a problem is obvious to check if you need to upgrade your Onboard Diagnostics scanner.
How to Maintain Automotive Hand Tools
Automotive technicians take good care of automotive hand tools to stay safe and save money. Keep parts clean and in working order to maintain tools.
What Type of Scanner Should I Buy?
Automotive technician jobs require OBD scanners. Live data, Mode 08-capable, and heavy-duty scanners take the guess work out of diagnosing cars.
10 Best Brands for Automotive Tool Sets
Automotive technician jobs require a good set of tools. Craftsman, Makita, and Husky are some of the best brands that sell quality mechanic tools.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: September 17-23
Michigan is sued over dealer licenses, new self-driving car policies, introduction to ADAS diagnosis, and Tesla safety concerns are the top stories.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: September 24-30
Uber enters trucking market, Land Rover takes autonomous off road, and VW introduces a long range electric concept.
The Best Tool to Heat Up Rusted or Seized Parts
A micro torch is a great addition to a mechanic's tool box. It can clean rust that has built up in various parts of a car.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 15-21
This week: home-brewed autonomous car, sneak peek at future Jeeps, scheming car hackers, Ram's off-road TRX concept, new turbo test kit from Lisle.
How to Use a Ratchet on a Car
Ratchets are hand-held mechanic tools used with sockets to remove or tighten bolts or lug nuts. Ratchets use leverage in a free-spinning motion.

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belts could not be changed because they couldn't not be removed by mechanic
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was trying to turn up the injection pump can broke off the tip of the Allen wrench and it fell inside the pump what do I do now
Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1990 Ford F-150. You should try and use a magnet tip tool to try and extract the broken piece of the Allen tool. The piece could get in and cause the injection...
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Obd scan tool is not reading. Car wont start. An battery keeps dying. New battery
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Tools needed to change rear brake cylinder
To replace the brake cylinders, you will need a brake pliers and brake spoon. To bleed the brakes you will need a manual brake bleeder tool. The rest is going to be regular metric hand tools. Make sure to do...
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What tools do I need to rebuild my engine?
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Why can't a normal wrench be used as a striking wrench?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. A striking wrench is designed for a hammer to come in contact with the end to help aid a nut or bolt off. The materials are strong and thick for prying and hitting it...
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Need to change a CV joint
There are quite a few special tools required. Although all of the tools are important, of high priority you will need a high capacity, properly calibrated torque wrench because the CV axle nut is torqued to 188 ft-lbs. For ease,...
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If I want to do most maintenance / fix most problems myself, what tools should I buy?
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replacing broken chain guide top bolt has 10mm hex plug that willnot accept the tool. any idea?
Hello. If the timing chain bolt does not accept your 10mm tool the first thing I would do is try a different one. A different tool, even if it is of the same size, may have different clearances, perhaps enough...
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What tool is needed to open the bleeder valve on a 2006 Jeep Wrangler's clutch slave cylinder?
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I have two questions about an oscilloscope and measurement conversion.
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How do I remove a CV axle that is stuck in the transmission?
If the CV axle is stuck in the transmission it will likely need to be removed using a bit of force and the correct tool. If you cannot pull the axle out with your hands, then an axle removal tool,...
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It is possible to bring all of your tools by motorcycle? If yes, how?
If you have a powerful enough motorcycle, you can probably pull a small trailer with tools behind it. This also depends on the level of mechanic. A beginning mechanic with few tools may be able to carry everything in saddle...
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We are replacing rhe water pump and the special tool is not working it just keeps slipping the water pump is very rusty need help
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I'm trying to purchase a car sander.
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I have to replace my IAC valve myself but don't know how to go about it.
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Need help with key transmitter programming procedure.
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Alternator needs changed out. What tools is best for this?
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truck was fine, put a diagnostic machine on it took it off now it won't start? what would cause it to to that?
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Oil filter is stuck on!
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