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Auburn Auto Repair

Must-Have Tools For DIY Car Enthusiasts

Whether you're a seasoned DIY mechanic or someone who likes to handle basic car maintenance tasks, having a well-equipped car garage is essential. Even the smallest repair can last hours with the wrong tools. That's why we have compiled a short list of tools that will help you quite a lot in the garage.

Car-Specific Tools:

  • Spark plug tool - used specifically for spark plug removal/installation
  • Torque wrench - a wrench that gives a signal when the desired torque is reached
  •  Oil filter wrench - a wrench specifically designed to fit around an oil filter
  • Jack/jack stand - used to lift a car safely

Socket Set and Wrenches

A complete socket set is a "must" of any car garage. It should include a range of metric and standard sizes to accommodate various nuts and bolts found in your vehicle. Additionally, invest in a set of combination wrenches for tasks that require more torque or when access is limited.


A good set of screwdrivers is essential for removing or tightening screws, whether it's for interior panels, electrical connections, or engine components. If you want to go a step further, invest in ones with magnetic heads, so those little bolts don't go flying all around the garage.

Pliers and Vise Grips

Pliers are versatile tools that come in handy for gripping, bending, and cutting wires, hoses, and other small parts - you will be surprised how handy they actually are. Vise grips, with their locking mechanism, provide a strong grip and are useful for holding objects in place during repairs or removing stubborn fasteners.


For electrical troubleshooting and diagnostics, a digital multimeter is invaluable. It is a simple tool that has hundreds of uses and applications - some multimeters are more complex than others so keep that in mind.

Brake Tools

Maintaining your vehicle's braking system requires specific tools like a brake bleeder kit, brake piston compressor, and brake caliper tool. While it might seem like a lot, if you are into DIY repairs, it's a good investment - it saves time and money!

Having Issues With Your DIY Project?

If you started a DIY project or repair but it doesn't seem like you will complete it, make sure to visit us at Fuller Automotive! We will make sure that everything is mounted properly so you don't have to worry!

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