automotive tools


One of the questions that I get all the time from customers is, what essential automotive tools should have in my garage to do maintenance on my car? The response you’ll probably here at your local shop is, “None, just bring it into the shop”.  But I know that there are a lot of hands on people out there that are looking for this list.  So here are my top tools that everyone should have in their garage.


  1. Pro-Lift Convertible Creeper
    • Easily converted from creeper to seat for your maintenance convenience
    • Thick padded cushions create a comfortable base for easy access and movement during your maintenance tasks
    • 6 swivel casters for easy maneuverability
    • 300 pounds weight capacity
    • Easily retractable pin to change sea
  2. Bayco 26-Watt Fluorescent Work Light
    • Durability and Safety tested for the toughest situations
    • Designed in the USA with quality materials
    • Used in Tactical, Outdoor, Recreation levels
    • Vision enhancing 26 watt fluorescent work light has comparable light output to a 125 watt incandescent.
    • Independent rocker on/off switches allow full or half power light output
    • 6ft 16/3 SJT cord
    • Electronic ballast for instant no-flicker cold weather starts
    • 2 Cool running 13 watt 10,000 hour rated fluorescent bulbs (both included
  3. Strongway Hydraulic Quick Lift Service Jack
    • Durable tubular frame is constructed of high-grade steel and built to exacting standards for quality and durability
    •  Lead-free paint finish is applied after a thorough chemical wash to ensure a long-lasting finish and to help prevent rust
    • Paint is oil, grease and dirt-resistant for easy cleanup
    • High quality large diameter hydraulic steel cylinder unit results in lower oil pressure needed to move the load, which helps to reduce wear and extend service life
    • Piston-ram is treated and polished to resist skiving
  4. Briggs & Stratton 5431K Oil Extractor Pump, 4-Liter
    • Briggs & Stratton 5431K
    • Genuine Briggs & Stratton Oil Extractor Pump 4L
  5. BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool
    • The Professional OBD2 Diagnostic Scan Tool trusted by mechanics and developed by Professional Engineers in North America
    • Officially licensed and certified for Apple and Android devices
    • The BlueDriver App and BlueDriver Sensor work exclusively with each other to ensure quality
    • As easy to use as a code reader with all the capabilities of an expensive handheld scan tool, plus the benefits of your smartphone or tablet (free app updates, portability, saving data, interactive graphing of live data)
    • Free vehicle-specific Repair Reports drawn from a database of over 4.3 million fixes verified by certified auto mechanics
  6. Milwaukee M18 Fuel High Torque Impact Wrench
    • The product is easy to use and durable
    • The 2663-22 kit is made up of the 2663-20 Impact, (2) batteries, charger, and carrying case.
    • Milwaukee-designed impact mechanism provides best-in-class torque, 475 ft-lbs
    • 4-pole motor provides maximum speed and power
    • Compact size and weight reduces user fatigue(Friction ring allows quick, easy socket changes to increase productivity)
    • Overload protection prevents damage to the tool and battery in abusive situations
  7. Craftsman Digi-Click Torque Wrench
    • Use the Craftsman 3/8-in dr digi click torque wrench for tightening and adjusting various mechanical
    • With an LED backlit screen, it’s easy to see every readout, even in the darkest garage
    • The digital-click torque wrench converts from ft. lb. to in. lb. and to Nm simply by touching a butt
    • Comfortable handle with ergonomic styling reduces fatigue and provides a sure grip
    • The 3/8-inch drive click torque wrench measures from 5 to 80 in .25 increments
  8. DeWalt 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit
    • Constructed to minimize user fatigue. Dual speed range, 0-450/0-1,500 rpm, delivers optimal performance
    • Includes two batteries, one hour charger, double ended screwdriver bit and kit box. Contractor bag
    • Compact size fits into the tightest conditions.1/2-inch single sleeve key-less ratcheting chuck for tighter bit grip
    • Lightweight design (5.2 pounds) minimizes user fatigue
    • High performance motor delivers maximum power of 380 unit watts out. Battery Amp hours – 1.2.
  9. Shop Rags
    • VALUE Pack:Set of 25 matching auto shop towels for your home garage or work place. Perfectly sized at 14″ x 14″ inches Grade Commercial The pack quantity ensures that you always have a towel around when you need one.
    • MULTIPURPOSE: It can be used on furniture and mirrors or for car cleaning and drying. Each towel is strong, durable and absorbent,Safe for use on clear coats. Can be used to remove oil from car parts. Protects auto paint and gently wipes away dirt.
    • DURABLE:100% cotton is highly absorbent, long-lasting, and quick drying. Over locked towel edges ensure durability Towels are hemmed for extra strength-perfect for wiping up oil, grease and lubricants. The generous size lets you dry an entire car with only one towel. This premium drying towel reduces drying time with less wring outs and leaves a spot free, swirl free finish.
    • EASY CARE – Machine washable and dryable. Especially processed to resist shrinking and minimize lint.
    • GUARANTE:You are covered by our 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. We want our customers to be 100% happy.
  10. Snap-on Adjustable Torque Wrench
    • 1/2″ Square Drive. Torque range is 30′-250′ Lbs./47-332 Nm. Adjustable in 1′ Lb./1.4 Nm increments.
    • Positive lock with spring loaded pull down lock ring. Dual scale, calibrated dual direction.
    • Features quick release buttons which provide good socket retention as well as easy socket removal.
    • Fast, accurate and easy to set. Easy to read laser marked dual scales. Includes Certificate of Calibration and storage case.
    • Accuracy: +/- 3% CW, +/- 4% CCW of indicated value, CW, from 20% to 100% of full scale.
  11. Craftsman 220-piece Mechanics Tool Set
    • Mechanic’s Tool Set includes Metric and Standard Tools
    • 128 sockets in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 in. drive sizes
    • 41 screwdriver & nutdriver bits
    • 3 quick release ratchets and 6 wrenches
    • Contains sockets in both metric and standard sizes; deep well and standard depths
  12. Dremel MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
    • Accessories include: 1/8″ high speed cutter, 401 mandrel, 402 mandrel, 403 bristle brush, 407 1/2″ d
    • 7.2V cordless rotary tool
    • 3-hour battery charger
    • Lawn mower and garden tool sharpener
    • Ideal for cutting, grinding, routing, drilling, polishing, carving and sanding
  13. Irwin Vise-Grip 10WR
    • Can ream and smooth inside and outside of conduit
    • Ideal for liquid tight fittings and caps
    • IRWIN VISE-GRIP pliers tighten
    • 10″, with jaw adjustment up to 1 7/8″
    • Curved jaws, knurled tips and wire cutters
    • Locks instantly, releases quickly and adjusts to plier action

I really hope this list helps you get your garage into shape.  If you don’t have all of these items, you may be able to manage.  But trust me, you’re life will be easier if they are all available.


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