Fitting out your garage with a few essential tools will make working on your car less of a chore and more of a pleasure. Whether you are restoring a classic car or performing routine car maintenance, these picks will make your task a little easier:
While you may not have thought of a compressor as a garage essential, once you have one you will wonder how you ever managed without it. A compressor provides air to all your pneumatic tools, and also comes in very handy when blow-cleaning and -drying car parts.
- Air Wrench
Undoing wheel nuts is a time-consuming job, and an air wrench makes the job much easier and quicker.
- Torque Wrench Mechanics know that it is no use tightening everything as far as possible, many bolts are intolerant of being over-tightened. A torque wrench is calibrated to allow you to tighten bolts accurately and securely.
- Good lighting
Every garage needs good lighting, and it is best to have several different sources of diffused light to avoid casting too many shadows. An LED rechargeable magnetic lamp is handy for throwing a bright white light into hard-to reach places.
- Trolley Jack
A versatile trolley jack is useful for all inspection jobs, both indoors and outside.
- Axle Stands
Many jobs require you to raise your car, and axle stands are very useful if you are going to leave your car standing without wheels for any length of time. Get some with safety pins; they are a great addition to your garage equipment.