Basic Tools For Fixing Your Own Car


one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel today I’m going to show you, what basic
tools you might think about buying if you’re planning on fixing your own car,
now being a professional mechanic, I have drawers, and drawers, and drawers of
tools, but you don’t need them all, to start out with, get a decent socket set,
with a ratchet, you can get a decent ratchet and socket set at any discount
auto parts store, a lot of them give lifetime guarantees, you don’t need
to buy a really expensive set, I used to buy really expensive stuff, snap-on, Matco,
you name it, but hey I’d buy these duralast ones from autozone, as you can
see here and it says guaranteed for life, if it ever breaks, I go three blocks
down the street and get another one free you can’t beat that,
and these days hey, all the cars are metric, so make sure you get a metric set,
then of course if your going to do any kind of suspension or break work, you need a
jack, to jack the car up in the air, now as tempting as it may be, don’t buy one
of these little cheap jacks, they’re just not stable enough, get a nice solid jack, hey I
got this low-profile large Jack at Harbor Freight tools, it was only 20
bucks more, than this tiny little one that I stick in the trunk for
emergencies, and with the design of modern cars, make sure you get one of
these low-profile Jack’s, so it actually fits under your car, but of course if you
have a truck or a higher vehicle, you can just get a plain jack that isn’t low
profile, and of course get a good set of jack stands, I buy steel ones, the
aluminum ones aren’t quite as strong, even though they weigh less, now being
a professional mechanic, I cheat and I use air tools, but then you have to my
compressor and air tools, and hoses, and all kinds of stuff, so if you need power,
you can just get a giant cheater bar and a socket, and use that to get stuck
nuts and bolts off, and if that’s not enough power, you can use the poor man’s
air wrench, a giant piece of pipe, just stick it on the end of the cheater bar,
you get so much leverage anything easily comes off, because yes I have to admit it, I’m a
tool fool, I’m one of those guys that goes out and buys tools because they look
cool, I got tools in my garage some of them I’ve actually never used to fix
cars, so don’t go buying all these fancy tools that you don’t
need yet, now when it comes to working on any car that’s 1996 or newer, you really
need a halfway decent scan tool, to analyze what’s going on with a car, but
don’t think that’s going to break the bank, there are scan tools out there that
go anywhere from fifty, to two hundred dollars when on sale, that can do all
kinds of stuff on your car, now this particular model cost me $200 on sale at
autozone, and it does an awful lot, I use it all the time as a professional
mechanic, let’s say you got four or five guys, you can each pitch in with 40 bucks,
buy one and share it you won’t use it all that often, and it fits all the different
cares, so why not go that route, of course you can go buy a lower price one
but take my warning here, do not buy one of those 20 or $30 Bluetooth ones that
work on your phones, because I’ve seen them damage cars, at least buy one that’s
50 or $60 that stand alone like this, when you’re using other devices often
they’ll be interference, all you have to do is get the machine, plug it under the
dash into the port, then it’ll give you all kinds information, it can read the codes
or erase codes, tell you about the most status, tell you if it’ll pass the state
obd test, it will view the live data, records data, they do all kinds of things
that’ll help you figure out what’s wrong with your car, let’s say even if it gets
over your head and gives you information that you can’t figure out, at least
you’ll have codes, you’ll have solid information, then when you go somewhere,
they can’t rip you off because you got a reasonable amount of information and you
can say, hey here’s what’s going on with my car, and if they don’t fix it right
and it still has the same thing with the scanner, you’ll know they didn’t fix it
right, but there’s a lot you can figure out yourself,
this car has P0100 code for intake air temperature sensor, then you to just go
to the internet and type P0100 104 for a 2003 Sonata, which is what the car
is, and when you google it, you’ll see there’s all kinds of articles about what
the problem is and how to fix it, Google to the rescue again, what would we do
without it in our modern society, now another basic tool I advise buying is a
giant screwdriver, it makes a great pry bar when you have to pry things off, and
it makes a great listening device, when you’re trying to find the source of
car noises, it’s also a great emergency tool, let’s say you get in a wreck and
the fender is rubbing on the tire, you can always get it in there and pry it away
from the tire, so you can at least drive home, and of course you want some basic
hand tools, like a good set of pliers, an assortment of different screwdrivers, buy of course
you can buy those in any good discount auto parts store, as a kit like a handy man’s tool kit, and you’ll get them all together and
don’t have to pay the individual prices where they cost more, so now you know
what kind of basic tools you need to start fixing your own car, and remember
if you do eventually need a specialist tool, hey wait until you need it, then
when you go to get the part, buy the tool at the same place and save time and
money that way, because with a little imagination,
you can make some basic tools do some pretty complex jobs, and remember if you
have any car questions, just visit the Scottiyy Kilmer channel

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  2. You can use the jack to push a fender off a tire. I highly recommend the small jack to have in the trunk to change a tire.

  3. I would add a good quality set of ratcheting wrenches. They are a real time saver when working in tight spaces, which is pretty much anything made in the last 20 years

  4. Do you know which tools were used first on my Xterra every time I took it to the shop? The scanner. If not the scanner, it was a multimeter. When I was growing up, multimeters were something that were only used by electricians. Personally, I think those were better days.

  5. I really like this guy. I do automatic pool covers for a living so my job is a quirky mix of different trades but mostly auto mechanic type tools and methods. keep it up scotty I really enjoy these videos

  6. Since metric entered the American market I haven't seen a great wrench or socket set … Each "mechanics" set includes both a 19mm as well as 3/4"

  7. Hey Scotty I fixed my own drop link last week and I'm not mechanic I'm a gardener so thanks to YouTube. So ring my Bell pleaseeeeeeeee

  8. I'll never buy those small jacks again. I've had a few (different brands) and they don't last more then a few uses. I had one that gave out after the first use. They are nice when they work but not reliable.

  9. In later videos Scotty says a phone-based electronic analysis tool is recommended. Perhaps they have gotten better?

  10. Me my dad and my grandfather used craftsman tools they use some at Sears but now they sell Them at Lowe’s and they’re guaranteed for life

  11. You have to have a spring pickup tool. It's about 36" long, looks like a long spring with a plunger handle at one end. Push the plunger and 3 or 4 metal fingers pop out at the other end. It's indespendable for fishing out small parts (bolts, nuts, etc) that get dropped while working on an engine, bounce around and don't come out on the floor (eaten by the engine). Their only a couple of bucks and have saved my butt a million times.

  12. Hey Scotty I was a mechanic from 1964 to 1990, I had all the tools I needed until the metric system came to the USA. then I started all over again buying Metric tools now I have probably 3 of everything, I think I'll go into the used tools business 😆😆.

  13. I agree 90% I'm a pro mechanic but in my truck I always keep a(fixd) blue tooth coads reader ob2 scanner an it's never let me down when I'm off roading 70mi from help an any way u take everying u may need most the time a power probe an a 8mm-21mm socket set all u need from Harbor Freight an always got home even when my tranz ecm went out an won't let my truck start flash the coads reset my computer an I got home tell I could get it fixed right I got mac an snap on tools u don't need to blow $$$$ to be a engine technician you just got to have a decent code reader and a good idea of what you're doing.

  14. you can get a toolbox full of tools for $30 at the pawn shop. never pay more than half of what they mark the price as being!

  15. Should I buy a 3/8 or 1/2 inch breaker bar?If I bu a 1/2 inch do they make a 3/8 or even a 1/4 adapter for it?Thanks,great chanel.!I'm a virgin mechanic and just replaced my front struts and coils and saved 500$ in just quoted labor cost!

  16. I love you Scotty, but you don't want to be hanging on to a cheap 'guaranteed for life' wrench when it let's go. 😱

  17. You said don’t buy a Bluetooth OBD devices because they might sometimes screw up the car, however in one of your recent videos you mentioned even a Bluetooth one can do a job. It is that you changed your mind in 4 years or do you think we still should stay away from those bluetooth based ones?

  18. Great video and information. I subscribed. I also want to point out that many parts stores like AutoZone rent out tools free of charge, save for a refundable deposit. So while I'd agree with the diyer buying the tools mentioned, if you need a specialty tool that you'll only use once in a blue moon like a ball joint press or something rent it for free.

  19. The thing that kills hydraulic jacks is lack of use. The seals dry out and split if it sits too long. I have a harbor freight jack that is older than me and it has never had any maintenance except a new coat of paint. Still works and no leaks.

  20. I think the point about quality tools is.. like when your wrench beaks under pressure and you unintentionally box your fist into the generator, and then you have to wipe up all the blood out of your engine bay.

  21. Really liking the channel Scotty! Just got my first Jeep XJ and learning how to work on it. I’m a girl named Bug and I’m recording my adventures in building my Jeep.

  22. Scotty, I love your videos, but I disagree with you about "chipping in " with your friends and sharing tools. I think that is a bad nu idea. One other tool I would recommend is an automotive syringe (a.k.a. turkey baster).

  23. Another tool that i can't work without and it substitutes the air impact gun is an 18V battery powered impact gun, no compressor, less noise and weight. And its portable so you can keep it in the trunk of your car.

  24. Duct tape and pony clamps have helped many cars, but it is hard to explain the duct tape to Cops when you get pulled over just saying

  25. Hi Scotty I like your channel And everything, I have a 94 Chevy S10 LS Truck and I need some help on it please more Videos On 94 Chevy S10 LS V6 two wheel drive Truck, I'm not that mechanically inclined but I'm willing to learn if you're willing to teach me ,Thank you and I've subscribed to your channel

  26. Reading that comment that says: Scotty for president. Worth a try, and somewhere there must be a world where Scotty IS president. And all cars work.

  27. the use of a tool is only restricted by the imagination of the one using it…love it thank you!!

  28. All of Harbor Freight hand tools are also guaranteed for life, and trust me, you will be taking some of them back for free replacement.

  29. Scotty thanks for the video, important question: do I also need to buy the wind chimes? Where do I get them? Harbor Freight?

  30. im 22 and all the men in my family know about cars and other trades like electrical, and my mom taught herself about basic repair stuff, but no one bothered to teach me any of it. thank you for your videos it's stuff everyone should know and i bet it helps a lot of peoples education/jobs

  31. Broke a couple lug studs on a Jetta after doing brake pads by using a 3/4 drive breaker bar oops.

  32. Hey Scotty!
    Thanks for the video.

    One question regarding socket drive. What type do you suggest for regular car maintenance?

    I don't own a socket and ratchet set and consider what to buy.

    I read that 1/4" drive is good for small works, 1/2" is good for large bolts and 3/8" is a good place in between. What do you think? Can a 3/8" drive socket set be enough?

    Thanks again,
    Rami

  33. So right Scotty, those cheap Bluetooth ones are not reliable at all. I've never heard of them damaging a car, just mostly not working. You "might" connect with it, you might not, lol. The cord is always more reliable.

  34. If you need to replace timing belt or crankshaft seal you need impact driver to remove /tighten crank bolt if not the crankshaft pulley will spin

  35. Buying cheap sockets was the worse thing I ever did when I first started out. The tolerances are crap and they round off any bolt or nut you touch with them.

  36. I figured low profile jacks are a bit of a luxury if you can find a much better one at the same price. This is because you can simply use some wood or phonebooks to raise it the extra ~5cm that you'll probably need, it will rarely be more.

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