It’s about the art of being manly, isn’t it? Fixing a car is one of the manliest things you can do, right after rushing into a burning building to save a child while staying to play dollies with them afterward! Yet most of us don’t know the basics. We all are happy to drop a wad of notes at our mechanic for something as simple as tightening a bunch of screws. But listen up a lot of issues can be done if you have the right toolbox and instruction manual. And here are some of the tools you need to get your wheels up to speed.
These will come in varied sizes or designs. If you’re doing any kind of basic maintenance on your car, you will need a wide variety of wrenches. Some common wrenches include adjustable, combination, box-end, open-end, and specialty.
You use these with the wrenches to turn nuts and bolts (see, we’re learning!). A typical ratchet size is 3/8” and you’ll find these in standard tool-kits. The size of the ratchet is in conjunction with a square driver head, which is just a screwdriver with a… you guessed it, square-shaped head. A ¼” ratchet has driver heads that are ¼” by ¼” and so on.
You connect these to ratchet or universal joints. Sockets have two types of classifications, regular or deep well. Deep well fits over a long bolt through the threads, and regular sockets have 6 or 12 points which fit over long bolt threads. If you don’t know if you need to use a 6 point or a 12 point, use the 6 if you see that the bolt is rounded ever so slightly. You can get a turbo socket set which has all the essential components for ease. You should only use a socket that fits the fastener tight because a loose socket will round the fastener’s corners.
You know the drill with pliers, don’t you? They have more uses than just cutting you know! You can use them to cut, turn, bend, or grab. There are several types of pliers, slip joint, needle nose, groove joint, and some diagonal cutters. Pop quiz, what’s the bit in where the two pieces’ pivot? A fulcrum!
And here’s the safety bit! If you’re going to work on your car, make sure you have all the right safety equipment with you. Get yourself some goggles or safety glasses, so nothing gets in your eyes. When you’re looking under the vehicle, some grit or dirt or metal can easily fall off! And cars get hot! So, make sure you’ve got some really good safety gloves. But if there’s a major problem with your car, don’t pretend you’re a mechanic. Take it to one! Get fixing on your car if you’ve got some little problems, but make sure you’ve got yourself the instructions or done your research before you start pulling out all the wires! Because, boy, that’ll be tough to put back together!