10 Must-Have Tools for an Automotive Technician
An automotive technician’s toolbox is jam-packed with important tools which help bring vehicles back to life. In that sense, it’s sort of like a first aid kit.
If you have long aspired to work in the automotive repair industry, a properly stocked toolbox is key. For those who are looking to put together the perfect toolbox, Automotive Training Center has the top 10 tools automotive technicians need to have in theirs.
Flex Head Ratchet
This ratchet comes with a skinny head and body, allowing you to get to those tough-to-reach bolts and fasteners on your car. The flex feature allows you to pivot the handle for maximum leverage when tightening or loosening bolts.
These pliers can be used for almost any automotive project. Any automotive technician will tell you to have a pair at the ready when working on a car.
You may frequently handle battery issues. A battery carrier makes it easy to remove older batteries and carry it without having to use your hands. The right battery carrier will lock the battery securely in place, so you can pull it out easily.
Clip-On Hood Light
This foam-covered fluorescent light can clip onto your hood and provide the illumination needed when working on your car. This comes in handy when it’s dark or you’re in a dim area. The foam prevents the light from breaking or scratching, while the spring-loaded snaps make it easy to clip onto almost any hood.
Battery-Powered Impact Wrench
These cordless wrenches can provide anywhere from about 500 to 600 lb-ft of torque, to help with blasting off any bolt. Adjust the size of the wrench to remove any stubborn or rusted nut.
Keep your workspace as clean as possible with a flexible funnel. Want a no-mess oil change? These funnels are available in different sizes, so it’s simple to move liquid right into a drain pan.
Spare Power Battery
Technicians enjoy having portable, battery-powered tools, like an impact wrench or drill. However, you don’t want to get caught without a working tool, so having an extra battery that can be snapped on at any time can keep you prepared during any repair work.
When repairs are needed, access to the underside of a vehicle may be required. Getting under the car is easier with a hydraulic lift, which elevates the vehicle quickly.
Vise grips allow you to tightly grab on to anything. They can save a project when dealing with stubborn bolts and nuts. In a pinch, they can also close off a leaky radiator tube.
Phillips Head and Flat-Head Screwdrivers
Every technician should always have screwdrivers in their toolboxes. Phillips head and flat-head screwdrivers can be used in various ways. You never know when you might need them, so it’s good to be prepared.
Learn More About the Tools Automotive Technicians Use
If you are to become a successful automotive technician, you’ll need to become familiar with a wide array of tools. Check out the 5 Unusual Tools Used in Today’s Auto Shops eBook, and you’ll see some of the intriguing tools used by technicians each day.
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