DIY Car Maintenance: 4 Essentials for Your Car Toolbox

Regular car maintenance boosts car performance and fuel efficiency and ensures safety. Yet, the average car repair bill can cost an average of $500. However, one in 3 US drivers cannot afford to pay for unexpected car expenses, according to a survey by AAA.

So, if you plan to do your car repairs and maintenance, now’s the time to find the right toolbox that fits your car and load up on the tools you need. Here are 4 essentials you need for your vehicle toolbox.

Torque wrenches

Beginner mechanics often overlook the importance of setting nuts to the proper torque. It is ideal to use a clicker-type of a torque wrench to make sure you are tightening to the right specifications. If you have to adjust the torque, just turn the bottom handle and then align the top of it to torque imprinted on the tool. 

It is also an invaluable addition to your mechanical toolbox to have a wrench set. Most wrenches in the market are available in both standard and metric measurements.

Automotive borescope

Having a car borescope can help you view and detect any signs of damage in the internal parts of your car. According to, an automotive videoscope can be used when diagnosing the carbon deposits, automobile engines, fuel pipes, cylinders, and conveyor systems. In fact, many auto repair shops use this instrument for heavy maintenance for areas that are difficult to see with the naked eye. 

Portable work light

Whether you’re working in your garage or changing a flat tire on the road, you will need proper lighting to spotlight your work and avoid losing any parts. Choose an LED floodlight as it is lightweight and provides a long battery life. Fluorescent work lights can also draw power from the car’s battery and come with changeable batteries.

Invest in a good creeper

A good creeper is designed to save your back because of its padded surface. Reaching the undercarriage of the vehicle can be difficult when it comes to unexpected or routine automotive maintenance. The best creepers are comfortable, slim enough to reach under lowered cars, and easy to move around. The go-to-choice of mechanics are those with a low-profile design, plenty of extra padding, and features six swivel-casters for rolling capability.

Aside from these basics, it is also important to study up on the mechanical techniques needed for vehicle maintenance. So, the next time something breaks in your car, you will have the confidence to fix it knowing that you have the tools you need to get started.

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