While there is a wide availability of commercial garages well equipped to fix your car, you need a home-based garage to carry out necessary repairs on your vehicle as well as your house. A good well-equipped garage does not only ensure you fix any part of your but also makes your work more effective and saves a lot of time that would rather be spent looking for particular tools that you may not have. Using the right tools is the crucial difference between mechanical excellence and mechanical damage; therefore, it’s crucial to use the right tools for the right job. Garage tools come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs and may perform specific tasks to a wide range of functions. Below are must-have tools in your garage tool kit.
1. Socket and Driver Set
Your house and car key components are held together by nuts and bolts which can only be opened by a good pair of socket and driver set. Therefore, it’s essential to have a full set of metric and imperial sockets along with quarter-inch and three-quarter-inch drivers. Important sockets which are a must-have in your garage include T-Bar drive handles, Swivel-Head drive adaptors, speed wrenches and a complete set of deep-well sockets. With a full socket and driver set, be sure to handle all sizes of bolts including the most esoteric ones you may come across during repairs. A collection of socket extensions will come in handy when accessing hard-to-reach fasteners; therefore, you should also consider having it.
2. A Set of Screwdriver
There are three common types of screws which you are most likely to encounter while carrying out general maintenance. These are Phillips (plus-sign head), flathead (slotted head), and Torx (six-point star). The Torx screw is less common among the three and can sabotage your repairs when you least expected to find it. It is therefore advisable to have a full set of screwdrivers that effectively handle each of the three types of the screws to make your repairs mechanically effective and hassle-free. You may want to go for sets with both long and short handles to enable you to operate on different parts of a car or equipment with varying length.
3. Floor Jack and Jack Stands
Sometimes, you may need to lift your car off the ground to access the undercarriage for repairs and maintenance. A floor jack certainly enables you to lift your car safely. It is low enough to fit under the car but provides a desirable level of ground clearance thanks to its adjustable hydraulic system. A floor jack may not lift your car high enough for you entirely and comfortably access the undercarriage, and therefore you will need to have a pair of jack stands. A pair of jack stands safely holds your car above the ground and provides ample and safe ground clearance crucial during undercarriage repair and maintenance practices.
4. Inspection Lamp
Correct diagnosis of any car problem is the real difference between carrying out accurate mechanical repairs and conducting trial and error which may end up damaging your car even more. An inspection light with a long extension cord solves the problem of inaccurate diagnosis by providing additional illuminations which enables you to diagnose and fix a problem accurately.
5. Torque Wrench
Another must-have tool in your garage is the torque wrench which allows you to tighten car fasteners to their original factory torque specification. Tightening fasteners to their right specifications is vital for ensuring that wheel lug is tight enough to endure normal driving both on the freeway and on rough terrain. It is also crucial in preventing wheel damage which usually results from overtightening the wheel lug.
To conclude, the tools discussed above are used in a wide variety of repairs and therefore should be a must in your garage. Others tools you may need in your garage may include power tools, creeper, code reader, vise grips and a speaker with the best aux cable to keep you entertained while carrying out repairs. Always remember that the correct usage of the right tools always guarantees safety and mechanical excellence when carrying out general repairs or routine maintenance.