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Outside of checking fluids there isn't much you can do on your car with your bare hands. Whether it's a simple task like checking tire pressure or polishing a fender, or a more intricate job like checking ring end gap or installing a ball joint, for any auto service you need an interface between your hands and the work called a tool. A tool can be something as simple as the rag used to remove the wax from that fender to larger, more complex pieces of equipment like compressors, generators, power tools and diagnostic testers. But the one thing all tools & equipment have in common is that just about all of them are available right here.
From hand tools to shop supplies, auto detailing products to battery chargers, we have everything you need to maintain and repair your car or truck. There are other online vendors where you can get parts and accessories for your vehicle, but when you deal with them you have to go elsewhere for the prerequisite tools to complete the job. But not here. We want to be your one-stop destination for all your auto repair, maintenance, performance, and customizing needs. When you shop with us you not only get top brand parts and accessories at the best prices, but you can also get the tools and supplies required to install them.
Check out our selection of automotive tools. More and more repair and maintenance jobs these days demand special tools. A simple procedure like disconnecting a fuel line or removing a fan that formerly could be accomplished with a hand tool now often requires a special disconnect tool or wrench. Tools like these may not be in your tool box, but instead of trying to improvise something or hunt down a tool truck, you can get the right tool for the job as well the replacement part with just one phone call. No matter what part of your car or system you're servicing, engine, cooling system, brakes, suspension, electrical system or heating and air conditioning, we have the tools and tool sets.
Along with the tools and parts, the other elements of the repair process are the supplies and consumables that are a part of just about every kind of automotive service. Many repair jobs involve cleaners to remove grease and gunk, adhesives and sealants to prevent leaks, and lubricants to prevent seizing and allow parts to move freely. Car detailing needs include car wash, polishes, car wax, glass cleaners and tire dressings, and pads and towels. While some supplies are used up in just a few jobs, others have a longer but nonetheless limited useful lifespan and these include drills, sanding discs, saw blades, and grinding bits. And every garage should also have a supply of essentials like electrical tape, wire ties, and wire terminals. All of these supplies are just a phone call away.
While some tools may be necessities, others can make the work go easier and faster. Sure, you can get a tire off with a breaker bar and a socket, but put an air-powered impact wrench on that socket and the tire will be off in no time. We have cutting tools, grinders, ratchets and many other air tools that will help make your time in the shop more productive. And while corded tools can certainly get the job done, today's cordless tools have the power you need and allow you to work untethered.
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- How To Paint Your Replacement Plastic BumperIf you've decided to replace a damaged front or rear bumper cover with a new one, the good news is your vehicle really is going to look a whole lot better once it's installed. Of course, the areas of major damage will be gone and will no longer be a value-deflating eyesore. You'll also have a new piece that's free of the chips, dings, and even cracks you've been putting up with.
- Lift Your Car Easily And Safely With A Quality Floor JackWhen working as a do-it-yourselfer (DIY), whether you're a beginner or an expert, having the right equipment to get your vehicle off the ground is a starting point for easier car repairs at home. You work on your own vehicle because you enjoy the experience of improving your car or truck with your own hands, and you do it to save money. With that spirit in mind, we've written this article to cover the very items that help you get started - floor jacks which are the right size, quality, and price for your home garage workshop.
- Portable Generators: Superstorm Salvation For The HouseholdWith storms and weather events that intensify with every passing year, power outages lasting for extended periods of time have become commonplace - a problem that's only going to get worse in the future. When power outages hit, hot water heaters, heating systems, kitchen appliances, basement pumps, security alarms, and other items that use electricity as their lifeblood are rendered useless. You're left literally powerless to control your environment against extreme temperatures, and you have no way to stop flooding and property damage that tend to go hand-in-hand with heavy storms.
- Lifts & Ramps Safely Bring Your Vehicle Up To Working HeightThe odds are that if you clicked on this article to read it, then you appreciate the idea of working on your own car. Perhaps when you pass by a professional garage or shop, you're a bit envious as you glance in and see service bays filled with lifts and other equipment that make certain repair jobs easier. Professionals use lifts for a good reason - they allow you to perform almost any repair at a more comfortable height so you can see clearly, apply torque easily, reach for tools faster, and have access to areas normally inaccessible with the vehicle on the ground.
- Caliper Covers vs. Caliper PaintOne consequence of the trend toward larger diameter wheels is that previously hidden mechanical components are now clearly visible. We are referring, of course, to your brake calipers. These dirty, dusty, and rusty parts used to function in obscurity, but with plus-size thin-spoke wheels, they're now on display for all to see. If you happen to drive a late model performance car with a nice set of multi-piston Brembos, this is not an issue. Nor is it a concern if you have the coin for an upgrade to a performance brake kit. But what about the regular Joe who just blew his wad on wheels and tires; what can he do?
- Why is it important to do a brake fluid flush?If you've ever visited an automotive dealership service department, you may have been told that your vehicle needs a brake fluid flush. Or you might have received a coupon mailer offering this service for a discounted price. Maybe you thought it was an attempt on the part of the dealer to separate you from your money for something you don't really need. After all, you have made the effort to learn more about your brakes, and you understand that occasionally, the brake pads and rotors will wear out and need replacing. However, you've never heard of a "brake fluid flush".
- How To Replace Disc Brake PadsDisc brakes have been the most common setup on modern vehicles for decades, with just about 100% of today's vehicles using them in the front, and many cars and trucks also equipping the rear with disc brakes. The brake pads are the wear items which will need attention sooner or later; there will be wide variations in brake pad life depending on the vehicle, driver, driving style, etc., but rough estimates are that front pads will need attention every 15,000-30,000 miles, with rear disc pads lasting 50,000-100,000 miles.
- Glossary of Brake TerminologyWhether you're looking to replace worn brake pads and rotors or delving into more detailed brake repairs or upgrades that involve new calipers, proportioning valves, master cylinders, vacuum boosters, and more, you will come across a lot of different terminology when it comes to brake components. Depending on your knowledge and experience, a lot of these terms may be elementary. However, because many of them use similar words but represent completely different things, we've created this glossary to help you understand exactly what you need, and what you don't.
- What Special Tools Are Available For Suspension Repair?Seasoned professional automotive technicians often say if you're using too much physical effort during a repair, you're simply not using the right tool. This is true, and a perfect example is repairing and replacing suspension components. If you've ever done this type of work or attempted to do it, you know it can be trickier than merely loosening and tightening bolts.
- The Trick Way To Determine What Size Wheel Spacer You NeedLet’s say that you’re in the market for wheel spacers. Whether it’s because you’ve added jumbo brakes, sprung for a set of custom wheels, or just want to widen your car’s stance (the VIP look), you’ve concluded that spacers are going to do the trick for you, and will solve your fitment dilemma.
- How To Choose The Best Custom Headlamp Assembly For Your CarCustom headlamp assemblies on the market today tend to be grouped into four main designations: "Projector" style, "Halo" style, "LED" style, and "Euro" style. This can lead to confusion, because "Halo" style headlamp assemblies may also be equipped with projector lights and LED bulbs. Or, "Euro" style headlight assemblies may be equipped with halo rings, projector lights, and LEDs… or they may not be. You may be asking yourself which style is the best choice for me? See our Custom and Factory Headlight Glossary for definitions and more details about each style.
- Trailer Jacks Keep Your Load Level and SecureEven the smallest of trailers needs the assistance of a jack to get the trailer tongue raised off the hitch ball, or vice versa - especially if you hitch up and drop off regularly. And if you have a travel trailer which is a mobile home on wheels, auxiliary jacks are the lifesavers that can be positioned around the corners (or anywhere) to ensure everything stays steady and level when weight shifts inside. Good jacks make a trailer feel like a rock-solid building instead of a temporary structure that might blow over in the wind. In the scope of this article, we'll discuss the variety of trailer jacks and related products we offer on our trailer jacks web page.
- Performance Transmission Coolers Keep Your Temperature Down When TraileringRecent data from USA Today states that only 6.5% of new vehicles sold in the U.S. are equipped with manual transmissions. The reverse of that means 93.5% of all new cars and light trucks are sold with automatic transmissions. Therefore, the odds are that your ride has an automatic. A less-known fact about those transmissions is that they all have built-in oil coolers, and the vehicle's radiator does double duty, shedding heat from both the engine coolant and the transmission fluid (ATF, or "automatic transmission fluid").
- Tire Chains Provide Traction In The Worst Winter WeatherVideos on the internet from all across the world can be found that show cars and trucks sliding out of control on icy roads. While these clips are sometimes entertaining to watch, there's nothing funny about driving in these terrible weather conditions. If you live in a heavily populated area, sliding into a series of parked cars can cost a lot of money. And you know that sliding off the road can slide you right into real trouble - costing property damage and personal injury.
- Lug Nuts and Locks Dress Up And Protect Your WheelsIf you are upgrading from a set of factory wheels to custom alloy wheels, your original equipment lug nuts will be exposed and visible when you make the change. Once shiny, but now covered with rust, grease and dirt, the old nuts may have been fine when hidden behind wheel covers. But once you're rolling on new rims, the dingy look of old lug nuts just won't cut it anymore. In this article, we'll discuss replacement lug nut kits found in the Lug Nuts & Locks section of our website. They'll cover you with good looks, and at the same time will eliminate the threat of wheel theft.
- Portable Shop Lighting Is Bright And AffordableProper lighting while you work on your vehicle can make the difference between stripping a nut with the wrong tool and breaking things loose without drama. Good lighting lets you clearly see what size wrench is needed so you can make one trip to the tool box instead of three. It lets you find the source of a fluid leak or determine which parts are worn quickly and easily. With good portable lighting, not only will finding the right fuse be easier, but you'll locate small bits that dropped into dark cavities that much faster.
- Safety Equipment Protects You As You WorkIf you have been around automobiles as long as we have, you have clearly seen the trend over the past few decades toward greater vehicle safety. Some of us at CARiD are old enough to remember when cars did not have air bags, much less 3-point seat belts. If you are under 30 years old, you (thankfully) don't remember an automotive world without child safety seats, self-tensioning seat belts, side impact beams, and more air bags than we can count.
- Air Compressors For The Home WorkshopHome mechanics invest time and money building up their collection of tools and supplies for their workshop. This process moves very quickly for some, and takes longer for others. Hand tools, electric power tools, tool boxes, a work bench, jacks and jack stands, specialty auto tools, all are accumulated so that she or he has 'everything' needed to work on the family vehicles, as well as take care of various tasks around the home and yard.
- Jack Stands Are The Safe Way To Support Your VehicleWhen you've got repairs to do underneath your vehicle, you need clearance to freely bend your elbows and swing your arms when using tools to remove and install components. Being able to safely suspend your vehicle high enough off the ground eliminates the chore of wriggling on your back. Supporting your car or truck off the ground is an absolute must when taking wheels off to do brake or suspension work. In this article, we'll look at the safety and convenience benefits of jack stands and discuss what's available in the Automotive Lifts and Stands section of our website.
- Powered Drill Drivers: Corded, Cordless, and Other OptionsIn the good old days, it was so simple: if you needed a drill, you went out and bought one. It was made of metal, it had a single speed (fast), and it spun in one direction (forward). You got a drill bit, inserted it into the chuck, and tightened it down with a chuck key. You plugged the drill's cord into the wall and drilled a hole into the material of choice. If what you were drilling was immovable (like your kitchen wall), and there wasn't an outlet nearby, you got an extension cord. Did we ever expect the tool industry to improve on this formula?
- Tool Boxes: Chests, Cabinets, and Other Organizers ExplainedTool boxes represent a great unappreciated necessity for your workshop or garage. As your mechanical skill grows, so does your need to purchase good quality tools. As your abilities continue to advance, you realize that a greater variety of tools helps you get jobs done more efficiently. So your tool collection expands, which is great. But piling your tools on your workbench, or in various portable carriers, or on shelves in scattered locations, just doesn't cut it any longer.
- Automotive Paint: What's Available for the Do-It-Yourself Car OwnerWhen you think of "automotive paint", is a large-scale professional auto body shop the first image that comes to mind? Perhaps you're picturing a well-lit spray booth, filled with thousands of dollars' worth of equipment, manned by trained employees with many years' experience behind them. Or maybe, when it comes to your own vehicle, you recall having purchased a small tube of touch-up paint, the kind with the brush built into the cap, which you used to repair a small rock chip on your hood. You've long since misplaced that tiny tube.
- Car Audio System Wiring BasicsIn this article, we'll discuss the basics of your vehicle's audio system wiring. Specifically, we'll look at the addition of one or two amplifiers to your system, and examine the steps involved for both the mechanical and electrical installation. Refer back to these two illustrations while reviewing the text.
- Car Stereo Installation 101The purchase of a new stereo (also called "receiver" or "head unit") brings the promise of better sound, the thrill of new features, and the enjoyment of simply experiencing music in a way that is not possible with a factory sound system. We hear the excitement and anticipation in our customers' voices every day as they select and order their new equipment, and we help guide them through the process of stereo installation all the time. We know our customers' questions, and we see the most common roadblocks they come across.
- Cleaning and Protecting Your WheelsWheels that catch your eye because they really set off a vehicle do so because they are clean and sparkling, not dirty. If turning back to gaze at your own rims brings disappointment, the time is now to clean them up, get them looking their best with a shine, and develop a routine for keeping them that way.
- How To Use An A/C Manifold Gauge SetAn air conditioning manifold gauge set is a must-have tool for anyone who is interested in performing some basic system work at home, such as checking pressure in a/c lines, determining if there's a leak, adding small amounts of refrigerant, or performing a complete evacuation and recharge. Compact, hand-held manifold gauge sets are used universally when servicing home air conditioning systems as well as automotive ones, and professional technicians use them same way you can in your back yard. Although shops typically have large, costly machines that do the evacuating and recharging work, similar results can be achieved with equipment that can be purchased inexpensively and stored easily.
- Digital Multimeter Basics - CARiD.comThe digital multimeter (DMM) is an extremely versatile tool for troubleshooting electrical systems and diagnosing engine performance – combining the functions of many electrical measuring devices into one. Digital multimeters can measure voltage, electrical resistance, continuity, current, or test diodes in either direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) with just a turn of a knob. They have the capability to make precise measurements out to 2, 3, 4, or more decimal places. In automotive applications, they can test the degree to which wires, switches, fuses, relays, and motors are conducting electricity properly. Top-of-the-line DMM's are also able to read engine rpms and dwell as well as electrical duty cycle, frequency, pulse width, diode condition, and in some cases, temperature.
- Hybrid Vehicle Overview - CARiD.comHybrids are everywhere these days and can be defined as, "any vehicle combining two or more sources of power which can directly or indirectly provide propulsion." Although all hybrid vehicles on the market today use batteries as one of the power sources, there are different mechanical layouts and operational approaches in the way electric motors function alongside gasoline combustion engines. Those that use a combustion engine to generate electrical power are described simply as "hybrids", while vehicles with larger battery packs that can also be recharged with an electrical cord are known as "plug-in hybrids". Vehicles with electric motors and without combustion engines are not considered hybrids, because they are "pure electric" vehicles. These so-called "EVs" are outside the scope of what we are covering here.
- Servicing Your Cabin Air FilterDoes your vehicle have a cabin air filter? You may not know the answer to this question. If you bought your vehicle new, the salesperson may have made a point of letting you know of this feature. If you’ve had your vehicle serviced at a dealership, the service writer may have suggested to you that this filter be replaced. It seems that as opposed to air, oil, and fuel filters, many car owners just don’t know if there is a cabin air filter in their car.
- Clutch Kit vs Clutch Disc or Pressure PlateIf you’ve decided it’s time to replace the clutch on your manual-transmission car, you’ve reached the point where advantages (crisp, new-feeling response) have come to outweigh disadvantages (significant labor costs or time spent doing it yourself). Whether you don’t have a choice because your old clutch slips badly, or you want to take initiative and upgrade your vehicle by sharpening performance off the line, you have high expectations about the finished result once high labor costs are paid or you’ve spent a lot of time and effort doing it yourself. You’re anticipating silky release and take-in of the clutch pedal, smooth running without harshness or vibrations, crisp shifts that chirp tires on pavement, and the fact that your vehicle feels brand new again. Knowing what’s important when a clutch job is being done can get you those results and save you money, because taking shortcuts usually yields disappointment.