Stocking my toolbox

ToolboxWhen you are first starting out in the Automotive Technician field, a mobile tool truck, or an on-line store like ours, looks like a candy store to a little kid. All these wonderful, shiny new tools, gleaming at you, calling too you, wanting to be inside your tool box. But, (and sticking with the candy store analogy) you can not pick up a small color sack, fill it with wonderful treats all for a small price, like you would in a candy shop. No, those tools come with a price and generally that is pretty high.

So where do you start?

More than likely you already have a bunch of tools, perhaps the trade school you attended had a required tool list or maybe you have been turning wrenches for a while and just decided to start making money doing it.

A Tool Box- Since you are generally paid flat rate, you want to be able to get in there, fix the problem, flag it and move on. You need to stay on top of your game, and your tools. So ditch that old hand held tool box and invest in a real box. It doesn’t have to be a big fancy one (like the guy in the bay next to you). There will be plenty of time in your career to get one of those but you should get a decent one who draws open and close nicely and one where you can be rather organized. We always look at how well the drawers are constructed and how smoothly they roll in and out, so look for a tool box with drawers using Ball Bearing Slides. This will not be cheap but it is necessary. So choose wisely.

Hand Tools

Below is a list of tools that are required if you attend automotive school at St Louis Community College. I know it looks like a lot but it really isn’t. Some of this stuff is small and inexpensive. I have linked each one of these to the corresponding tool in our on-line tool store to make it easier if you want to take a look.

Tool List
1/4″ Drive  – Gearwrench makes a great combo set that contains 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ drive. Check it out Here

3/8″ Drive

  • 1 Ratchet – approximately 8″ in length
  • 1 Extension 1″ in length . Here is a Extension Kit with a bunch of different sizes
  • 1 Extension 3″ in length
  • 1 Extension 12″ in length
  • 1 Standard socket set, 1/4″ through 7/8″ 6 point recommended
  • 1 Deep standard socket set, 1/4″ through 7/8″ 6 point recommended
  • 2 Spark plug sockets, 5/8″ and 13/16″ flex
  • 1 Universal
  • 1 Metric socket set, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19mm
  • 1 Deep metric socket set, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19mm
  • 1 Set torx drive bits

1/2″ Drive

  • 1 Ratchet 10″ in length
  • 1 Socket set 7/16″ to 1″
  • 1 Breaker bar 18″
  • 1 Extension 3″
  • 1 Extension 10″
  • 1 Adapter 1/4″-3/8″ This is a kit with several different sized adapters.
  • 1 Adapter 3/8″to 1/2″
  • 2 Impact sockets 3/4″ & 13/16″
  • 1 Impact socket 19mm

Wrenches

  1. 1 Set, combination box – open end wrenches 1/4″ through 1″
  2. 1 Set, metric combination wrenches 9mm through 19mm
  3. 1 Set, allen wrenches standard shank
  4. 1 Set, metric allen wrenches
  5. 1 Set, metric flare wrenches
  6. 1 Set, standard flare wrenches
  7. 1 Crescent wrench 12″

Pliers

  • 1 Common slip joint
  • 1 Diagonal cutters
  • 1 Needle nose
  • 1 Adjustable joint (channel lock type) 12″
  • 1 Vise grip 10″

Screwdrivers

  • 5 Straight blade, one each: stub, small, medium, medium large, large
  • 3 Phillips blade, one each: #1, #2, and #3
  • 1 Set small torx drive screwdrivers

Miscellaneous Tools

  • 1 Tool box, that locks, at least three drawers (we already talked about this one.)
  • 1 Center punch
  • 3 Punches – 1/8″, 3/16″, 5/16″
  • 2 Chisels – 7/16″ and 5/8″
  • 1 Plastic tip hammer
  • 3 Ball Peen hammers, 12 ounce, 24 ounce and 40 ounce
  • 1 Rubber face mallet
  • 1 Pair safety goggles/glasses (instructor must approve)
  • 1 Tire pressure gauge
  • 1 Tire valve core remover
  • 1 Flat hand file 10″ mill bastard, with tang handle
  • 1 Gasket scraper
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Prybar, ladyfinger or crowbar
  • 1 12 volt test light
  • 1 Flashlight
  • 1 Oil filter wrench
  • 2 Brake tools, return spring pliers and hold down spring installer
  • 1 Brass drift
  • 1 Inspection mirror
  • 1 Pick-up magnet
  • 1 Measuring tape, six foot or longer
  • 1 6″ Steel rule graduated in 1/64″
  • 1 Spark plug gap adjusting tool flat or round wire type .024″ through .080″
  • 2 Flat feeler gauges, metric and standard
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