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Old 09-03-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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Most important tools to own?

I am new to working on cars, so I want to start my collection of tools that I need for when I work on my car or just do some car maintenance. What is the most important tool(s) to own??
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Standard and deep socket sets, some extensions for the sockets, wrenches, torque wrench, good screwdriver set. A good jack and some jack stands. I have ramps but rarely use them because they don't get the car up far enough for my liking. I'd just do the jack/stands. A good multimeter is dirt cheap and will help you check your battery and finding hot wires.

That's really all you need starting out. It kind of depends what you want to do and what you consider "working on" your car.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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The above plus make sure you get a set of "body tools". They come in sets of 4 to 6 different shapes that look like small plastic pry bars. They are used to take out all the different body clips and to release panels without breaking the clips or marring the panels. They are cheap.

Also - Make sure you get a good quality deep socket for the lug nuts. And make sure the floor jack has a low enough profile to fit under the front of the car.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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The above plus make sure you get a set of "body tools". They come in sets of 4 to 6 different shapes that look like small plastic pry bars. They are used to take out all the different body clips and to release panels without breaking the clips or marring the panels. They are cheap.

Also - Make sure you get a good quality deep socket for the lug nuts. And make sure the floor jack has a low enough profile to fit under the front of the car.
low profile jack and shop towels for sure, get some GOJO! like others have said, socket set is also a must.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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You'll be advised to buy the best you can afford; that is true to some extent - but, since you are not a professional making $$$ from your tools, you can afford to economize somewhat.

If you have access to Costo:



http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...=1&topnav=&s=1
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #6
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:02 PM   #8
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The Craftsman Club at Sears has saved lots of money in the past. Not the best tools, but great warranty and functional. Can't afford Mac or Snap-On for a weekend hobby. Even better, raid the Dad's tool box or find an estate sale. I thought I had a pretty complete set while rebuilding dirt toys, but the Camaro has some odd size metric stuff. More sockets and wrenches are better...
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:07 PM   #9
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:08 AM   #11
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:15 AM   #12
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I would say start with a good basic mechanics kit or set and then keep adding as you go
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:27 AM   #13
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:37 AM   #14
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or a good friend with small hands. (had to play this card in the past while working on my camaro)

start small and buy as needed.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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Good jack and stands will serve you forever, as will a nice tool chest.

Ratchet wrenches are nice to have
Torque wrench is a must.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:49 PM   #16
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A good supply of hand cleaner and shop towels.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:18 PM   #17
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For a single tool, 10mm ....is on everything..
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:57 AM   #18
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I am a Toolmaker by trade, so being accurate is in my blood. I always like having a set of 6" Dial Calipers in the garage. Measures OD, ID, Depths, ect. Kind of funny sometimes when I go to a hardware store looking for a particular bolt or something, and I whip out my own calipers in front of the guy who works there.

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Old 10-04-2012, 12:39 AM   #19
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I'm a technician and let me just say do not cheap out on tools!!! Sure its just hobby work etc but trust me you would much rather have a tool that you know will last... Also if you know anyone in a tech school they get great discounts from snapon


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Old 10-04-2012, 12:58 AM   #20
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:45 AM   #21
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If you own a 5th Gen Convertible, probably just a can of gasoline and a lighter.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #22
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I am new to working on cars, so I want to start my collection of tools that I need for when I work on my car or just do some car maintenance. What is the most important tool(s) to own??
A brain. A lot of people here are lacking that important tool first off. Miss that and all the tools in the world are not going to help you. Watch the advice you get in here. People are not what they seem to be.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:16 PM   #23
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:04 AM   #24
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:38 AM   #25
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BFH - for those special modification projects
Be sure to ask for the Metric BFH. The late model cars allways need those.

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