If you think you’re ready to tackle some basic do-it-yourself car repairs, you might be worrying about all the different tools you’ll need to get the job done. You may even be wondering if it will cost more to buy special tools for your foreign automobile than to just pay for the repair at your local garage. Luckily, most basic repairs can be done with standard tools even on exotic foreign cars. Then it’s just a matter of finding the car replacement parts you need online or at a nearby shop.
At-home car repairs are easier than ever today thanks to loads of free online tools. Here, we’ll go over the essentials everyone needs to have in their toolbox to take on DIY auto repair, plus some of the most useful apps and online tools to help you replace a worn drive belt, change out your brake pads or just change a tyre with complete confidence.
Essential tools for DIY car repairs
You’d be surprised at how many different repairs can be done with just a handful of basic tools. Here are the essentials you need to have in your toolbox:
- An adjustable wrench with a good grip
- A torque wrench
- A set of screwdrivers (a few sizes in both flathead and Phillips)
- A set of sockets and ratchets
- A pair of pliers
- A jack, which may be included with your car
This short list will get you through the vast majority of repairs and replacements that a beginner would be able to do. But if you feel like you might be missing something, these free auto repair tech tools can point you in the right direction.
Free tech for at-home auto repair
Before you get started, it’s worth taking a look at RepairPal.com. This site will help you research the average cost of getting your specific repair done professionally, so you can be sure it’s worth it to take a stab at it yourself.
AutoMD.com/how-to is a very useful specialized online resource for DIY car repairs and replacements. Its large repository or tutorial guides, videos and tools for diagnosing what’s going on with your vehicle will prove invaluable while you get the hang of things. YouTube’s Expert Village is another fantastic resource with simple to follow expert videos.
As far as mobile apps go, AutoMD also has an app for iOS devices, so you can have it right at hand as you get to work.
Finally, it’s a good idea to use your phone to take “before” photos to help you figure out what things are supposed to look like under the bonnet in case you get a bit lost after disassembling several pieces.
Doing some basic car repairs yourself is a great learning experience and can save a fair bit of money. Best of all, it just takes a small collection of tools and a quick internet search to get started.