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Mechanic tool list

Mechanic tool list — tools you need to do your job as an auto tech

Mechanic wrench list

•12-point Combination wrenches – metric (8 – 21mm)
•12-pointRatcheting combination wrenches metric (8 – 21mm)
• 6-point Combination wrenches – metric (8 – 21mm)

What’s the difference between a 6-point and 12-point combination wrench?

A 12-point combination wrench is great for 90% of the work you’ll do. A 12-point wrench allows you to grab onto the bolt head or nut, turn it and get another bite every 30°. With a 6-point wrench, you’ll need to turn the wrench 60°.

Here’s where you need 6-point combination wrenches: Any time you’re working on a rusted bolt or nut, you have a better chance or loosening the bolt without stripping it. 12-point wrenches and sockets will strip a rusted bolt head or nut much easier than a 6-point wrench or socket. You won’t use a 6-point wrench often, but when you need one, it’ll save the day.

Why you need ratcheting combination wrenches

It’s simple; they save a LOT of time and effort. And when you’re an auto tech, time is money.

Mechanic wrenches
Adjustable wrenches – metric (8 – 19mm)

adjustable wrench
Hex wrench sets – standard and metric

hex wrenches

Air Tools for auto technicians

Impact wrenches – standard (3/8” and 1/2”)
Air Chisel
Air Ratchet

What to look for in an air impact wrench: Maximum REVERSE torque. Forward torque is irrelevant.

air toolsBattery Powered Tools for mechanics

battery tools

Torque wrenches for auto technicians

torque wrenches

Hammers for auto technicians

hammers

Pliers for auto mechanics

Mechanics pliers

 

Punchdrift and center punches, drift, and chisel set

You’ll use these a lot to remove bolts from passages. You need brass punches to prevent damage to components. You’ll need chisels to break nuts and spot welds. You’ll need a center punch for drilling in steel and you’ll need steel punches to remove roll pins and to align components when reassembling.

Screwdrivers for auto mechanics

Straight-blade, Philips and stubby of each, Torx screwdriver set, Pozidrive (for some older vehicles) and JIS for Asian vehicles.
screwdriver sets for auto mechanics

Socket & ratchet sets for auto mechanics

You’ll need these:

1/4″ drive chrome 6-point standard and deep metric sockets
3/8″ drive chrome 6-point standard and deep metric sockets
1/2″ drive chrome 6-point standard and deep metric sockets
1/4″ drive chrome 6-point standard and deep metric FLEX sockets
3/8″ drive chrome 6-point standard and deep metric FLEX sockets
3/8″ drive impact 6-point standard and deep metric sockets
1/2″ drive impact 6-point standard and deep metric sockets
1/2″ drive impact 6-point standard and deep metric FLEX sockets
1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ chrome and impact extensions

Socket adapters and universal joints

socket sets for auto mechanics

Miscellaneous Tools for auto mechanics

Scrapers
Flashlights
Hack saw
Pry bar

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