Tools used to repair motor vehicles. Avoid shopping questions.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
3answers
2k views

OBD2 to bluetooth adaptor for 2001 Renault?

I have a 2001 Renault Clio 2 1.6 16V (French made) and I'm looking for a OBD2 to bluetooth adaptor to read computer's parameters. There are MANY available with all price ranges, but I'm not sure what ...
3
votes
1answer
124 views

What tools are needed to DIY wheel alignment?

As per this article, DIY-ing wheel alignment requires a camber gauge and either a toe bar or toe plates. Is that a complete list of tools required? Is it better to use a toe bar than toe plates?
3
votes
1answer
27 views

Snap on flashlight lockout mode

I'm looking into a snap-on light, and it features a "lockout mode". Does anyone know what it is?
3
votes
1answer
20 views

How does cylinder leakage tester kit work?

I was browsing Amazon in search for a combustion leak detector (AKA "block tester") and I stumbled upon a cylinder leakage tester kit, which is supposed to do similar things? But I am not quite sure ...
3
votes
1answer
180 views

How should I go about zeroing dial calipers?

I have a pair of very nice dial calipers that display marks every 0.001" and can be used to round to the nearest .0002" accurately. How should I go about centering these so that they are as accurate ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

Better instructions how to use a micrometer

I am confused by these instructions on how to use a micrometer. Does anyone know of better ones? I need to measure the thickness of my valve lifters (and then do a feeler gauge test but that is not ...
3
votes
1answer
135 views

How to properly tighten a wheel on a bench grinder?

I just bought a 8" bench grinder from Harbor Freight to clean up some automotive parts with a wire wheel. On the left side of the grinder has a left hand threaded nut on it, while the other side has a ...
3
votes
1answer
91 views

What kind of tools could I use for some aluminum body finishing work without doing any cutting?

I got into a really bad wreck last winter. My power steering was leaking and had locked up in the middle of an icy road, while I was trying to find a median at night. The guy hit me going around 70 ...
3
votes
1answer
102 views

Can you make a tapped hole deeper?

I tapped a hole in my motor (to hold the valve cover) but I don't think the pre-existing hole was deep enough. Can you make a tapped hole deeper? As the drill bit for the pilot hole should fit right ...
3
votes
2answers
298 views

What functions & features should I look for when buying a multimeter?

Going to be used for car maintenance/restoration work and around the house repairs.
3
votes
1answer
502 views

What tools should every home mechanic have? [closed]

What tools should every home mechanic have in their toolbox? One item per answer please, upvote the best ones. This is intended to be a wiki-style question.
2
votes
2answers
616 views

Air Impact Wrench vs Air Ratchet Wrench

What is the difference between an air IMPACT wrench and an air RATCHET wrench? They appear to be of the same sort. Is there a difference in the drive shape in that the impact has a different drive to ...
2
votes
4answers
958 views

Is leaving either a metric or an imperial wrench set in a GM vehicle sufficient for all (most) emergency repairs?

The title says it all. The flip side of the question is whether a metric wrench set is sufficient for cars from European/Japanese/Korean makers (but, of course, I can't ask that question here lest I ...
2
votes
2answers
603 views

What tools are needed for removing rusted bolts?

Will be removing at least some heat shielding if not also the headers from a Subaru Outback. The car spent the first 6 years of its life in PA and has an excessive amount of rust on the bolts that ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

Rounded bolt head on possibly broken bolt

I'm trying to remove the transmission casing on my belt drive scooter. All of the bolts have tiny 8mm heads, and are very cheap and soft - cheap Chinese manufacture - and one was already slightly ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

How can I check if my 1995 Lancer CC GI has OBD-II

As my title say I want to know if my current car that I just purchased has an ODB-II port. I have looked under the steering wheel and I can see what I think to be a OBD-II connector, but am unsure. ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

What uncommon tools are needed for a GMC Savanna 2500 engine replacement?

I have done simple repairs, such as the water pump, alternator, etc on vehicles. Having gone beyond simple maintenance (oil, brakes, spark plugs, etc) I have a collection of very common mechanics ...
2
votes
3answers
170 views

Which is stronger: solid sockets, or two piece sockets?

My jeep has a lot of torx bolts that I need to remove and then replace some of. A while ago I bought a single torx socket from ACE hardware that is made from two steel pieces of metal. The other day ...
1
vote
4answers
82 views

What good is a scan tool?

Other than reporting error codes, is a scan tool useful? Can it help you to tune the car to optimize gas mileage for example or other helpful things?
1
vote
2answers
268 views

Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

Locating Special Tools for Auto Free Hub Removal

I am attempting to replace rotors on a 1988 Dodge Ram 50 (2.6L, 4WD). To remove the rotors, I need to use a special socket (visible around the auto free hub ) and the special locknut socket. Are there ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Mazda Lantis 323 1997: OBDI or OBDII?

I'm still trying to figure out if my 1997 Mazda Lantis 323 GLX 1.8L DHOC Manual is OBD 1 or 2. It's supposedly similar to the Protege of the same year and it says on autozone: In order to ...
1
vote
1answer
504 views

Tools needed for oil change on 2012 Honda Odyssey?

What tools are needed to change the oil on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?
1
vote
1answer
83 views

What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
1
vote
1answer
114 views

Oil resistant marker for timing chain positioning

This is a bit unusual of a question but does anyone know of really durable markers (as in Sharpie) that leave durable markings that resist erasure due to exposure to oil and other retarding agents? I ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

What resistance is typical across a small engine ignition coil?

I have a hedge trimmer I'm troubleshooting (link) and I'm wanting to rule out the ignition coil. What resistance should I measure across a typical small engine ignition coil? I would have thought down ...
0
votes
2answers
45 views

Software Scanners vs. Handheld Scanners

Are there any software based scanners which are comparable to a high quality hand held scanner?
0
votes
1answer
85 views

Craftsman Bolt-Out and similar tools

I've seen Craftsman Bolt-Out mentioned in several questions/threads about removing stuck or rounded-off bolts, a problem I've run into many times. There's no particular problem I'm looking to solve ...
0
votes
1answer
839 views

Are some drill bits better for mechanical (metal) work than others?

I am looking to buy a set of high quality metal drill bits. Usually, drill bits out there on the market are not classified for metal vs. wood and other softer materials. Are some drill bits better ...