How to Automotive’s Recommended Basic Tools for New Automotive Technicians

How to Automotive’s Recommended Basic Tools for New Automotive Technicians


hi I’m Brian essa from how to automotive I’m making this little video in response to a viewers question he asked me hey Brian I’m a new technician and I’m going to start buying tools and start getting serious about working on cars so he asked me what I would start out with and buy so I thought I’d make this little video and walk you through some of the primary tools the basic tools these aren’t specialty tools or anything these are just basic tools so I thought I’d walk you through that and show you what I would invest my money in so one of the first investments I would make is buying a set of quality metric wrenches from seven millimeters all the way up to 22 millimeter these wrenches are going to be your main go-to wrenches so you want to buy the best quality wrench you can find or afford so there’s brands like snap-on Cornwell gear inch all these craftsmen all these make great quality wrenches you just want to make sure they all have lifetime warranties because you do break tools next you want to invest in a set of standard wrenches from quarter inch all the way up to one inch you don’t use them as often but if you run across older American vehicles you’ll definitely need a set of these wrenches to work on them in the case of my wrenches I didn’t go out and buy the snap on top of the line because I don’t use them very often but I did buy a Professional Series craftsman wrenches they work amazing and they cost a lot less than snap-on some of the other brands so I recommend doing something like that the next set of wrenches I would invest my money in is Line riches so I would get both standard and metric line wrenches you’ll use these a lot on brakes power steering hoses AC jobs those type of things and you will definitely need a set of line wrenches the next set of wrenches I would invest in would be a good quality ratcheting wrenches so I would at least get a set of metric ratcheting wrenches from eight millimeter up to nineteen millimeter later on you can get more specialty wrenches to go up in larger sizes and smaller sizes but for now these are your basics and if you’re working in a shop that works on a lot of older cars then you can consider getting the standard wrenches but for the most part the metrics are the ones you’re going to want you have this next wrenches has really made my life a lot easier and they’re made by mountain they’re about eighteen inches long there are flex head ratcheting wrenches these are great for doing oil changes they work great with brake jobs and calipers and stuff like that I would have to say these are actually my favorite wrenches that I own at the end of this video I’m going to link up all the my top ten picks for the tools to start out with these will definitely be in the description so the next investment I would make would be in two ratchets and breaker bars so I would start out with half inch drive 3/8 Drive and quarter inch drive and also torque wrenches so I’m going to start with a half inch drive breaker bar it’s about two feet long you want to get a good quality one with a warranty because you do break these quite often as you work on suspensions and sub frames and different jobs like that so make sure you get a good quality one with a warranty so next I would recommend a long handle half inch ratchet I’ve had the shorter ones and they were just frustrating to use so I definitely recommend the get a long one next I would recommend a straight handle or a straight flex head 3/8 drive ratchet this will be your go to day to day ratchet next I would recommend one of these flex head angle tune-up style ratchets these work great for doing spark plug working in tight spaces that little bend in the handle allows you to put a lot of torque in it when you have the the handle their head flexed over in certain angles next I would recommend a 3/8 drive breaker bar I don’t use it very often but I use cheater bars and put it on there and to help break the nuts and bolts free and you know different angles and stuff so I would definitely recommend having one of those also next I would recommend one of my favorite ratchets in my toolbox which is this 3/8 drive flex head it’s a shorty ratchet and I use this one a lot this one’s very handy and tight spaces so I definitely recommend you pick up one of these for quarter-inch you want to what you’re going to want to flex head in a standard straight ratchet that’s pretty much all I use and they pretty much do everything I’ve ever thrown at them I will say I tend to use this long on flex had a quarter inch ratchet here 90% of the time but due to their length they tend to break a lot because you put a lot of torque on them so and make sure you get one with a good warranty now let’s talk torque wrenches this one here is a half inch drive foot pound torque wrench I use this one a lot for doing tires torquing tires and cylinder heads and suspension parts and stuff like that so you want to get a good quality half-inch drive torque wrench next you’ll want to invest in a three H drive inch pound torque wrench this one you’ll use on more like engine rebuilds like bearing caps and fine tuning type torquing stuff so these are some of the basics you’ll get started with and obviously you’ll grow from here as you grow in your skills and what you’re working on so you’re going to want to invest in some quality extensions wobbly sockets so you’re definitely going to want to invest into at least one long half inch drive extension maybe a medium and definitely short you can probably buy them in a set but I ended up buying these individually I would recommend you buy a set a quarter inch drive extensions and they come with long medium short everything in between then you’re going to want to get a quality set of 3/8 drive extensions with of all the different size adapters and these are the ones you’re going to use most of the time so you want to make sure you have a good warranty on these next you’re going to want to have a half inch drive 3 H Drive and quarter inch drive Universal sockets you’ll find these to be very useful to get to those tight spots you’ll definitely want to invest in the adapter set so you can adapt from 1/2 1/2 inch to 3/8 and 3/8 to 1/2 inch and so on and so on so that’s going to be your basics for extensions adapters and wobbly sockets next you’re going to want to invest in some quarter inch sockets you don’t want to get too fancy with these just your basic standard metrics will work great so you will get from four millimeter up to about thirteen foot and then this set goes from four millimeter up to 15 millimeter in the and you also want to get a set of standard short and deep next you’re going to want to invest in some three h drive sockets I have a set of metric ones here from eight millimeter up to 19 and in my deep here go from 8 millimeter up to 24 millimeter so these are pretty much going to be your standard set you may also want to duplicate this in standard sockets from quarter inch up to one inch from short and deep and that’ll get you start with the basics there from there you can grow to your more specialty socket so next I invested in a set of impact 1/2 inch drive socket the short ones go from 10 millimeter all the way up to 36 millimeter and that’s been a great set for me then you may also want to invest in a deep set of sockets more towards the bigger like 36 34 32 those type of sockets you may or may not want to get them in a set now I’ll go over some basic power tools that you’re going to want to have in your collection so you’re going to want to have a half inch drive either an air or electric impact gun I would actually recommend the electrics to start out with they tend to be a lot more versatile than the air powered ones so you’re going to use your half-inch drive here to remove tires and suspension parts and stuff like that next you’re going to want to have a 3/8 drive impact gun this a little electric one right here is the one I tend to use 90% of the time even over the the half-inch drive they have so much torque and power you can actually remove tires and wheels with these so these will definitely make the list of tools that I recommend in the description of the video now we’re going to move on to air ratchets or ratchets the air just going to have a little bit more torque than the electrics but the electric ones are a lot more versatile and you can take them all with you the next power tool I would recommend is an impact hammer I would recommend to getting the biggest one you can confine there’s like a hundred different attachments you can use with these to get different fasteners and stuff loose and free so these are a great power tool to have the next power tool will want to talk to you about is the die grinder this one you’re going to use a lot to clean gaskets and different jobs so I recommend getting you straight in a 90 degree angle one so these are going to be the standard basic power tools that I would recommend so I’ll definitely link up most of these in the description of the video I also have all these available on my website at how to auto motor comm so next we’re going to talk pliers so you’re going to want to get a standard set of pliers like this one this this one’s going to be like your workhorse you use all the time so these would be considered medium pliers I would recommend a set of these and I also recommend a set of large pliers like this and after that you’re going to get your standard basic plier set and then after that I would recommend needlenose so you’d get your basic needlenose and if you want to get fancy then you can pick up a pair of long long needlenose then you’re definitely going to want to have a set of vise grip type pliers I would get the standard and the needlenose then you’re definitely going to want a set of a service pliers like for oil filters and stuff you’re also going to want to invest in a quality set of wire stripping pliers and wire crimping pliers you’re also going to want to invest in a quality set of snap ring pliers a lot of fasteners are held together with snap rings so you definitely want to pick up a set of these these will also be in the description of the video and they’re also available on my website at how to automotive comm on the tools and product page those are just some of the basic pliers you’re going to want as you can see there’s hundreds and hundreds of different types of pliers and player type tools next you’re going to want to invest in a quality set of screwdrivers nothing fancy just your basic handheld screwdrivers and then also I would recommend you get a set of good quality pry bars I use these a lot on suspension work and stuff like that so you’ll definitely want to get a pic set of these up the next investment I would make would be into a quality impact screwdriver set this allows you to get those stubborn Phillips and flathead screws out that are stuck next you want I want to talk to you about light one of the most valuable tools I have is a flashlight I would recommend that you get a recharge flashlights like this stinger flashlights here they’re a little on the expensive side but they’re so worth it I make more money with this flashlight going to do most of the tools my box the next flashlight I would recommend is this a wand style flashlight they they’re great for illuminating like an entire engine bays and stuff I’ll put links for these in the description of the video now I want to talk to you about service cart I would buy a service cart before I went out and bought a big toolbox so I just get a multi drawer service cart so you’re going to do most your work out of a service cart anyways so I’d recommend you fill it up as much as you can and customize it to the to your likings so I hope this video has helped you guys out you know making the right decisions getting started with your tool purchases I will link up my top ten favorite tools that I that I recommend you get and they’ll in the description of the video and also on my website I have a tools a product page that has night excited these tools that I recommend today on there you can pick those up there I’m Brian acid from how to automotive I like to thank you guys for watching my videos encourage you to subscribe invite you to head over to that how to automotive calm and check out that tools and product page and I also like to thank you again for watching


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