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.
Adjustable wrenches – metric (8 – 19mm)
Hex wrench sets – standard and metric
Air Tools for auto technicians
Impact wrenches – standard (3/8” and 1/2”)
What to look for in an air impact wrench: Maximum REVERSE torque. Forward torque is irrelevant.
Battery Powered Tools for mechanics
Torque wrenches for auto technicians
Hammers for auto technicians
Pliers for auto mechanics
Punch, 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.
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
Miscellaneous Tools for auto mechanics
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