1) must-have tools (ie. 10 tools you should always bring with you)
well, here's what i have in my car's toolbox and my tiny trunk:
-10mm-17mm close and open combination wrenches
- +/- screw drivers
- crocodile jack
- tire wrench
- 1/2' drive ratchet with short and long extensions, 10,12,14mm sockets
- 3/4" drive ratchet with short extension and 10mm socket
- 2x4" 220 grit sand paper
- electrical tape
- blade cutter
- trouble light with 3-meter wire
- jumper wire
- 12v mini air compressor
- assorted spare fuses
- extra 12-volt brake lamp, either to use it for the brake lights or the trouble light.
- and... a swiss army knife 2) basic tools for the basic DIY person
- the above plus the ff:
- complete socket set (1/2" and 3/4" drive, 6-point and 12-point)
- deep/long sockets
- socket power handle
- torque wrench
- vice grip
- adjustable open wrench
- assorted pliers
- assorted screw drivers
- timing light with rpm advance(optional... way expensive)
- digital multimeter
- asorted allen wrenches
- nylon/plastic/wire brushes, scrapers, etc.
- assorted punch tools
- plastic mallet/hammer or a solid steel one if things gets frustrating
if going DIY engine rebuilding, it's another different story, too long to list. (bore guauges, digital micrometers and calippers, valve and pistons servicing tools, etc.)3) tools a garage geek should have
- all of the above plus a 2-Ton portable hydraulic lifter and how much the money can spend (air compressor, huge toolbox, electric power tools(bench and portable electric drills, air impact wrench, chain block or cherry picker tool etc. etc. sensya na guys ... i'm a car newbie and i'm sometimes overwhelmed at the number of tools being mentions in some boards.
-study and/or review carefully your car's repair manual concerning the procedures required for the repair and go buy the required tools ONLY.
I was once a newbie like you oh and i believe to that quality tools are a must pero pano if talagang lang budget to get those branded stuff?
simple, if you like them, save up for more and don't and NEVER trade your own safety when working on your vehicle. Always remember, SAFETY FIRST