Photo of a tool set.
Every car owner should have a good set of tools. CC by mtneer_man/Flickr

Some people do their own car repair, and some people don’t or can’t. Some really do not have the time due to lifestyle or career demands, and putting the car in “D” is all some people know how to do. Regardless, some tools should be in the garage or trunk of every car. It is the responsible thing to do. Sometimes, a car can’t be taken into the shop.

A good socket set

First and foremost, keep around a set of socket wrenches. You can find a good set in a lot of stores, be they Craftsman or another company. It should include a full set of English (measurements in inches) and metricĀ  sockets, both shallow and deep. There should be at least three differently sized drive wrenches. A 1/4-inch drive socket is adequate for taking out and replacing the oil drain plug, but not for a belt tensioner. If a person buys only one thing on this list, a socket set should be it.

Heart wrenching

It is a good idea to have a full English and metric set of regular wrenches, whether it comes with a socket set or not, as many do. The closed end ratcheting wrenches are a dream come true for many an amateur mechanic.

Jack to the drawing board

Jacks that come standard on many cars aren’t the best. A good hydraulic jack is a sound and worthy investment. You can even find sets that come with stands, too.

Keep the spark alive

A spark plug socket is a lifesaver, as they are deep sockets that have a rubber washer which holds the spark plug’s long end. Changing spark plugs doesn’t become that much easier, but it does put greater control in the hands of the user. Spark plug changes require accuracy in threading. This becomes more feasible with one of these.

Turn left at the Torque

Some jobs require precise pressure. Therefore, get a torque wrench.

Automatic manual

Chilton published DIY manuals for decades, and Cengage still publishes automotive repair manuals under the Chilton name. After purchasing a car, that should be the first accessory. Remember, the holidays aren’t far off. There isn’t a bad stocking stuffer on this list. Keep in mind, though, that some repairs are best left to those with the expert knowledge. If a person doesn’t feel up to it, the repair should be done by a qualified professional.

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