Do you ever feel like you could take on some of your own auto maintenance? Indeed, while there are many jobs that you will likely need to turn to our auto bodyshop in Seattle for, there are also plenty of tasks that even the least engine-savvy driver can shoulder. All you need is the right set of tools, and you should be able to tackle many of your routine (and a few of your not-so-routine) maintenance and repair jobs by yourself. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Screwdrivers: A good set of screwdrivers goes a long way. At the very least, it’s good to have a medium-sized flat head and a medium-sized Phillips head, but a complete range of sizes can be a boon for many repair jobs.
- Pliers: These tools are valuable for manipulating metal parts and cutting wires. You can find them in sets, including expandable combination pliers, wire cutters, and needle-nose pliers.
- Wrenches: When looking for a set of wrenches, you want to look at your car’s manufacturer. This will tell you whether you want a metric set or an SAE set. In addition to conventional wrenches, it also pays to have a set of allen wrenches for most modern cars.
- Ratchets: Though ratchets and wrenches do a lot of the same jobs, there are times when one works better than the other. As with wrenches, you’ll want to check to see if you need a metric or an SAE set.
- Jack and Stands: If you want to work under your car, you’ll need a jack and at least two stands. Be sure that the jack is up to the task of supporting your vehicle.