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Tools for DIY of Vehicles

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Guys... I am thinking of collaborative effort to assemble a list of DIY tools for day to day vehicle maintenance.....Many thanks for your contribution.....

1. 1/2 in socket set -and ratchet

          Concerns: SAE or Metric? or both, what is the range of socket sizes, whether 3/8 socket set and the ratchet will be more useful?

2. Torque wrench (depending on the choice of 1) 

3. Vehicle stands and a Jack

4. Breaker bar

list to be completed....

                              

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Voltmeter + 12V Tester

Long Screw Drivers Flat/Philips

Short Screw Drivers Fat Philips

Spark plug sockets

Set of wrenches, open end, + ring spanners

Torx Screw driver set

Hose Crimp Pliers

Hose Clamp Pliers

Wire Stripper, wire crimper

Hydraulic 2tonne - trolley jack

Drill with Dremel , Extension Cord, bits, hole saws

Angle Grinder

Universal Filter Removal Tool. or to suit your car(s)

Metric Socket set with ratchet and angle

Vice

Small Compressor with paint gun, with tyre attachment

Plastic trim removal tools

12v light to hang into car

Plastic funnel

PLastic oil tray,

Jerry Can 

 

 

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Like to add following to  @tiv's list.

  1. Hammer(s)

  2. Set of Hex key (Allen Keys)

  3. Chisel

  4. A soldering iron - 60W or 100W

  5. Working table with metal top

  6. Old engine block or a piece thick H iron bar

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Gasket removing scraper

Set of feeler gauges

Vernier calipers

Valve spring compressor

Set of copper bristle wire brushes

Paint brushes (1/4")

Spill free funnel

Metal file

Piston ring expander

Pliers - nose, circlip compressing,

Gear puller/harmonic balancer

(OBD Scanner, dwell angle monitor, compression gauge, timing light. Not diy tools per se)

Measuring ruler, marker, ziplock bags, paper and pen, sticker, a camera come in handy for any DIY job.

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12 hours ago, vitz said:

1. 1/2 in socket set -and ratchet

          Concerns: SAE or Metric? or both, what is the range of socket sizes, whether 3/8 socket set and the ratchet will be more useful?

2. Torque wrench (depending on the choice of 1) 

1. SAE or metric depending on your vehicle. Isn't it? 1/2 would be the best in my opinion.

2. Doesn't it depend on the torque range you need? There are digital torque meters with a range from 8-500Nm. Looks versatile. I don't have one to test the accuracy. Also, is there any place that hires torque wrench? I'm planning to invest on one. A set of quality torque wrench costs a fortune.

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21 minutes ago, varotone said:

1. SAE or metric depending on your vehicle. Isn't it? 1/2 would be the best in my opinion.

2. Doesn't it depend on the torque range you need? There are digital torque meters with a range from 8-500Nm. Looks versatile. I don't have one to test the accuracy. Also, is there any place that hires torque wrench? I'm planning to invest on one. A set of quality torque wrench costs a fortune.

Thanks. 1/2 socket set would be more useful it seems. 

Yeah, digital torque wrench like https://www.amazon.ca/ACDelco-ARM602-4-Measurement-Adapter-4-147-6-Feet/dp/B004VYURT0/ref=sr_1_1?crid=17XI02TO6A5MU&keywords=digital+torque+adapter&qid=1558321468&s=gateway&sprefix=digital+torque+%2Caps%2C193&sr=8-1 would be a good pick. I am not sure it is available in Amazon Asia

 

 

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Disk break spreader

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IMHO it's very hard to lock it down to a particular set. As you grow in capability and skill, more and more tools will be required and it is a never ending process :) 

 

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1 hour ago, Ripper said:

IMHO it's very hard to lock it down to a particular set. As you grow in capability and skill, more and more tools will be required and it is a never ending process :) 

 

I would stop at microfiber cloth 

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5 hours ago, Ripper said:

IMHO it's very hard to lock it down to a particular set. As you grow in capability and skill, more and more tools will be required and it is a never ending process :) 

 

Spoken by someone who literally taught the words DIY to this forum,

nice to see you back mate!

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When you do DIY safety is 1st as I haven't noticed anything related to safety above list.

- Disposable rubber gloves

- Safety glasses

- Some plasters or FirstAid box

- fire extinguisher (Better be prepared)

My favorites:

- Cordless impact wrench (love it)

- Mini cordless drill 

- Laptop or a IPAD with internet (without youtube video to explain how we all lost) especially when I removed the 4JG2 alternator sure I looked at the same video 15 times.

Most important, "beer"

Hope you like my list or at least the last on the list :-)

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