Ratchet up your excitement! This auto shop tools quiz is sure to make your day! Whether they are pneumatic, electric or manual, many auto shop tools just seem to exude raw power. They help the auto mechanic to take on the most difficult (and sometimes dirtiest) of jobs and resolve whatever issues a vehicle has, often with the greatest of ease. The mechanic and the tools work in tandem to successfully change tires, pull dents and blast away layers of rust and accumulated gunk from vehicle parts—just to highlight a few of their jobs!
Some tools are definite must-haves when it comes to diagnosing engine trouble while others are perfect for reaching deep into confined and concealed spaces on a vehicle. Then there are tools which are specifically meant to be used with particular parts and even take their names from them. Are any of them coming to mind? Think you could ID them all if all you get is a short description? Put your knowledge of garage tools to the test—start the quiz! Professional auto mechanics and avid do-it-yourselfers will most likely ace this one. Are you among their ranks or is the jack the ONLY thing you know about auto shop tools? You'll find out when you take the quiz!
The inspection camera used by auto mechanics is also called a videoscope. It has the ability to take still pictures and show real-time video of the area being inspected. Images can be displayed on the mechanic’s smartphone, tablet or other connected device.
Jack stands should be bought according to their weight and height capacities. The maximum weight capacity of most jack stands is somewhere between 1 and 10 tons but some heavy duty jack stands have much larger capacities. Not all jack stands are adjustable for height since most jobs can be done comfortably at the same height.
Parts washers come in various designs depending on the needs of the repair shop. The manual parts washer is a sink where the parts are cleaned by hand. Some parts washers, however, are enclosed and can allow you to soak the parts before they are washed automatically.
A drill is one of the most basic and most versatile tools in an auto shop. It can be used for a wide variety of jobs, including making holes and driving screws. Drills may be electric or air-powered, corded or cordless, and some are reversible with the ability to turn in both a clockwise and counterclockwise direction.
Lug nuts (also called wheel nuts) fit over special studs and help to hold a wheel securely onto a vehicle. They can be loosened and tightened using a lug wrench, manual socket wrench or powered impact wrench.
The ratchet extender does exactly as its name says—it increases the reach of a ratchet. The reach can be increased even more by attaching several extenders together and then to the ratchet before attaching a socket at the end.
A carefully positioned oil drip pan of sufficient size is a necessity when changing oil in a vehicle (engine oil and transmission oil, for example). The collected used oil can then be stored and disposed of in an approved, environmentally friendly way.
Auto mechanics will agree that a padded mechanic’s creeper is much more comfortable to use than cardboard when lying on the ground under a vehicle. Some creepers can also be folded up into a seat, which is much better than stooping down when you have to work on low areas of a vehicle, such as the wheels.
Auto body hammers are most often used to even out dents in sheet metal. Using an auto body hammer requires special skill, so some amount of practice is advised before trying one out on an actual vehicle.
The headlamp has several advantages over a flashlight and an underhood light. Holding a flashlight leaves you with just one hand available to work with and using an underhood light tends to cast a shadow over the area you are working in. With the headlamp, you can direct the light exactly where you need it and have both hands free to work.
The basic function of a pair of pliers is to securely grip an item. Pliers come in a wide variety of designs, however, to suit specialized needs. These include needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, circlip pliers and spark plug pliers.
The simplicity of a funnel sometimes takes away from how very useful it is. By using a funnel, liquids can be poured faster and more accurately than if they are poured without one. Using the right sized funnel can completely eliminate spills.
There are times when corrosion causes a nut to become completely seized onto its bolt. If other methods fail and the nut does not need to be saved, then using a nut splitter is the best choice. It has a tooth which pierces and splits the nut so that it is easily removed from the bolt.
Some repair jobs are easier to complete if the vehicle is raised off the ground. A hydraulic floor jack uses “liquid power” to lift a vehicle and in many cases, it is much more powerful than other types of jacks.
A needle scaler (or needle gun) has multiple needles and can deliver over 4,000 blows per minute. Some models are sold with sets of needles in various sizes and for use on different types of materials such as metal or concrete.
The trained ear of an auto repair specialist knows which sounds should be coming from a vehicle’s engine and which should not. Using an automotive stethoscope helps by magnifying the sounds while keeping the auto mechanic’s ear and face away from hot surfaces under the vehicle’s hood.
Combination wrenches will typically have the same sized head at either end but one end will be open whereas the other is a box end. It is also not uncommon to see the box end of the combination wrench designed as a flex-head so that it can grip from different angles.
Automobile circuit testers (also known as test lights) usually feature a light up indicator to let the user know when a voltage is detected. Some models are also equipped with a buzzer as a secondary indicator.
As its name suggests, the bench vise is a mechanical apparatus used to secure an object to allow work to be performed on it. It can serve as a strong pair of extra hands when the auto mechanic is working solo on a job.
Due to its shape, the Torx screwdriver is sometimes referred to as a star screwdriver. The word Torx is actually a trademark name for this type of screwdriver and the screws it works with. Torx screws can be found on a wide variety of vehicles, making the Torx screwdriver a must-have for the auto mechanic.
The underhood light is a very good choice for flooding the entire engine bay of a vehicle with light. For convenience, an underhood light most often features LEDs and is both cordless and rechargeable.
It is advisable to thoroughly clean and dry the section of the vehicle where the dent is located before attempting to use the suction cup dent puller. This is so as to avoid the dent puller slipping when it is pulled on and perhaps causing more damage than it is trying to fix.
No spark from the spark plugs is one of the most common reasons behind an engine failing to start. Spark plugs can be checked very quickly using an ignition spark tester. If there is a spark, then the problem might actually be that the vehicle has no fuel—check it!
Trim removal tools are inexpensive and indispensable when removing trim from a vehicle. They are specifically designed to loosen hidden fasteners in odd locations while preventing damage to the trim material.
Engines are big, heavy and cumbersome, therefore moving them requires much care and consideration. Before using an engine crane to lift an engine, you should ensure that the engine does not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the crane. It is also important to know in advance how the crane is operated.
Most modern vehicles use a computer to regulate the firing-the-ignition process. In older vehicles, this is the job of the distributor and these are the vehicles whose engines can be tuned with a timing light.
The hydraulic shop press uses the force of compression to help shape metal. It can be used in an auto shop to either repair parts or make them from scratch, such as fenders and hoods.
A dolly can be used to create curves and creases in sheet metal. The dolly is placed under the metal, like a small anvil, and the metal is then struck repeatedly with an auto body hammer until it takes the shape of the curve of the dolly.
As you can tell by its name, the air hammer is an air-powered or pneumatic tool. It is also called an air chisel and is very effective at cutting sheet metal. The air hammer is often put to use in auto shops which do automotive restoration.
Spark plug pliers have specially shaped and padded tips to firmly grip the spark plug boot without damaging it or the wire. The bent jaws of the spark plug pliers are said to be offset with the most common offset angle being 45 degrees.
Some good advice when opening up a repair shop is to start with a good quality air compressor and hose. A collection of pneumatic (or air-powered) tools can then be slowly built up to use with the compressor.
A stubby screwdriver has both a short handle and a short shaft. Some are ratcheting and some are sold as a set with interchangeable tips to use on different types of screws.
The crooked, or offset, handle and flexible head help this type of ratchet to find its way around obstacles to turn fasteners. It can be of particular use in the cramped space of the engine bay in some modern cars.
The angle grinder is a very versatile tool which gets put to plenty of use in repair shops which have invested in one. They are very powerful and come in both electric and air-powered versions. As with most other power tools, it is important to wear protective gear when using an angle grinder.