Basic Auto Repair Tools List for DIY Mechanics

Auto Repair Tools and Parts List

Looking for DIY auto repair tools and parts for vehicle diagnostics, repair or maintenance? Get your complete list of the best repair equipment right here.

Being a certified mechanic, I am quite particular about the products I use – They must offer both quality and value for money. I personally use and recommend these essential auto repair tools and parts:

Recommended Tools for Diagnosing and Fixing OBD II Codes

OBD II Scanner: Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool

Combustion Leak Tester: UView 560000 Combustion Leak Tester

Compression Tester: Innova 3612 Compression Tester

Fuel Pressure Tester: Actron CP7838 Professional Fuel Pressure Tester

Leak Down Tester: OTC 5609 Cylinder Leakage Tester Kit

Recommended Tools and Parts for Fixing Car Won’t Start Problems

Compression Tester: Innova 3612 Compression Tester Kit

Fuel Pressure Tester: Actron CP7838 Professional Fuel Pressure Tester

Inline Spark Tester: Lisle 20610 Inline Spark Tester

Multimeter: Innova 3220 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter

Noid Light: Lisle 27800 Universal Noid Light

Recommended Tools and Parts for Replacing Spark Plugs

Spark Plug: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Compressed Air Duster: Maxell 190026 Blast Away Canned Air

Screwdriver Set: Stanley 60-100 10 Piece Screwdriver Set

Socket Wrench Set: Stanley STMT71648 40 Piece Socket Set

Spark Plug Gap Tool: Lisle 67870 Spark Plug Gauge Gap

Spark Plug Socket: GearWrench 80546 5/8-Inch Swivel Spark Plug Socket

Recommended Tools and Parts for Changing Car Batteries

Car Battery: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Adjustable Wrench: Stanley 90-947 6-Inch MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench

Anti-Corrosion Solution: VHT SP229 Rust Convertor Can

Contact Cleaner: Max Professional 2015 Contact Cleaner

Memory Saver: NOCO BTE296S Onboard Computer Memory Saver

Safety Goggles: Dewalt DPG82-11C Concealer Safety Goggles

Wire Brush: US Forge Welding Stainless Steel Wire Brush

Work Gloves: Wells Lamont 167L Heavyweight PVC Gloves

Recommended Tools and Parts for Changing Brake Pads & Rotors

Brake Pads: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Brake Rotors: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Brake Caliper Compressor: Lisle 25750 Dual Piston Caliper Compressor

Brake Cleaner: 3M 08880 High Power Brake Cleaner

Brake Lubricant: Permatex 24125 Ceramic Extreme Brake Parts Lubricant

Disposable Towels: Scott Shop Towels

Floor Jack: Powerzone 380044 3 Ton Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack

Jack Stands: Torin T43002 3 Ton Jack Stands

Mechanics Wire: Dorman 9-741 Gauge Coil Mechanics Wire

Pry Bar: Tradespro 835682 Pry Bar Set

Screwdriver Set: Stanley 60-100 10 Piece Screwdriver Set

Socket Wrench Set: Stanley STMT71648 40 Piece Socket Set

Suction Gun: Lumax LX-1185 Suction Gun with Vinyl Hose

Torque Wrench: Tekton 24335 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench

Wheel Chocks: FloTool 11930MI Heavy Duty Wheel Chocks

Work Gloves: Wells Lamont 167L Heavyweight PVC Gloves

Recommended Tools and Parts for Adding Brake Fluid

Brake Fluid: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Funnel: Hopkins Multi-Purpose Funnel

Testing Strip: Phoenix Systems BrakeStrip

Disposable Towels: Scott Shop Towels

Recommended Tools and Parts for Changing Oil & Oil Filters

Motor Oil: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Oil Filter: Click here to find one for your vehicle make and model

Floor Jack: Powerzone 380044 3 Ton Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack

Gas Can: No-Spill 1405 2.5 Gallon Poly Gas Can

Funnel: Hopkins Multi-Purpose Funnel

Jack Stands: Torin T43002 3 Ton Jack Stands

Oil Drain Pan: Lisle 17942 Black Pan 4.5 Gallon Capacity

Oil Filter Pliers: Tekton 5866 12 Inch Filter Pliers

Socket Wrench Set: Stanley STMT71648 40 Piece Socket Set

Strap Wrench: Boa BO13010 Constrictor Aluminum Strap Wrench

Wheel Chocks: FloTool 11930MI Heavy Duty Wheel Chocks

Work Gloves: Wells Lamont 167L Heavyweight PVC Gloves

Recommended Tools and Parts for Washing Cars

Car Wash Shampoo: Meguiar’s G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo

Cleaning Brush: Mothers Detail Brush Set

Contact Cleaner: Max Professional 2015 Contact Cleaner

Engine Degreaser: Gunk FEB1 Foamy Engine Brite Engine Degreaser

Glass Cleaner: Stoner 91164 Invisible Glass Cleaner

Microfiber Towel: Meguiar’s X2020 Supreme Shine Microfiber Towels

Pressure Washer: GreenWorks GW1501 1,500 psi Electric Pressure Washer

Update: Having bought countless items from different retail shops and websites over the years, I now buy almost all auto parts, tools and supplies from Amazon: Automotive.

I begun buying vehicle replacement parts on Amazon a few years ago due to the cost savings and convenience. I find that Amazon sells most automotive products about 20 to 30% cheaper than retail stores, plus the free shipping helps me cut down traveling expenses and time.

Amazon’s Automotive Part Finder also makes it a breeze to find the correct parts and accessories. All I have to do is to enter the vehicle year, make and model… and Amazon will show me a list of parts which fit that specific vehicle.

If you sign up for Amazon Prime, you can expect to receive most items within two days. This is far quicker than other online auto retailers who often take 5 to 14 days to deliver.

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