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Top 10 cool automotive tools

Popular car repair and maintenance tools

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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If you own a car, you're going to deal with car problems and minor repairs from time to time. If you already know your way around an engine or car body, there are a few repairs and maintenance jobs you can do yourself to keep your vehicle on the road. Here are nine tools to help you with common car repairs and basic auto maintenance.

Battery terminal brush

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $3.96
  • For top and side terminals

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You don't want to get caught out in the elements with a stubborn engine that won't start. A good corrosion-proof battery terminal brush is an inexpensive item to keep handy so you can brush those terminals clean, which extends the life and improves the performance of your battery.

Socket wrench set

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • 34-piece set
  • Lifetime warranty

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A socket wrench set is a must for car owners and mechanics alike. This 34-piece chrome vanadium DEWALT socket set (with standard and metric sizes) is just the right size for storing in the back of your truck or car. You’ll be happy to have invested in a portable socket set if you're stuck on a backcountry road or highway and need to make a quick repair.

Tire gauge

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $17.97
  • Easy-to-read glow dial

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The Vondior tire pressure gauge is a handy tool to have at home or on the road. The 2-inch glowing dial is easy to read during the day or night. This gauge helps you keep your tires properly inflated, which is crucial to get optimal performance out of your vehicle and increase your fuel efficiency.

Torque wrench

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $39.97
  • Comes with adapter and extension bar

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When you need to loosen or tighten stubborn bolts, reach for a torque wrench for extra leverage. This TACKLIFE lightweight steel torque wrench set with clockwise and counterclockwise rotation helps you apply the right amount of torque in tight or restricted engine spaces.

Dent Repair Kit

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $139.99
  • 89-piece kit

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Dents and dings are inevitable. This dent repair kit comes with a dent puller, tap-down hammer and everything else you need for a hot glue dent pull.

Funnel set

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • 4-piece set
  • Durable, easy plastic

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A well-made funnel set ensures engine fluids pour directly into spaces they were meant to go without spillage. Use these bright orange funnels to assist you when pouring engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid and other vital lubricants into your car or truck.

Oil and fluid drain pan

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $19.99
  • Heavy-duty construction

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When you need to drain the engine oil, coolant or transmission fluid from your ride, you need a sturdy oil and fluid drain pan. This oil pan comes with oversized rear and front handles to facilitate a smooth pour and a wraparound anti-splash lip to limit spills. If you’re planning on more DIY auto repairs and maintenance, a robust oil pan is a must-have for your growing arsenal of car tools.

Spark plug tester

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $7.75
  • Universal fit for all engines

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A simple spark plug tester helps you quickly figure out which spark plugs have defective points or a bad connection. Once you’re armed with a little more information, you can then clean or replace (using a magnetic spark plug socket wrench) the defective spark plugs and keep your car’s engine running in top shape.

Tire repair kit

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • $27.99
  • 62-piece kit

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The 62-piece AUTOWN tire repair kit was built to handle all kinds of tires and tire repairs. This portable kit, crafted out of high-quality steel, is a smart buy for any DIY car repair enthusiast who wants to repair tubeless tires at home.

Extended auto warranty

Not all repairs can be made at home, so an extended auto warranty is an important tool to protect you financially in the event of a major vehicle breakdown. To find out if an extended auto warranty is right for you, check out our guide to the best auto warranty companies.

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.