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Aug 26, 2013, 10:26 AM

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Hi I'm new to the forum and wanted some input from some veterans. Im just getting started at auto repair and want to know what your suggestions are for tools I should get. What tools do use most often? What ones save you the most time? What tools do you use for diagnosis?


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Aug 26, 2013, 12:35 PM

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You need to start out with a good box and some hand tools. Diagnostics will come later. When you buy a box I suggest you buy just the bottom section of a very large box. Everybody wastes a lot of money on a "starter" box that ends up getting scrapped for a larger one. Just buy one component of the larger setup now and yop can add pieces to it later.



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Aug 26, 2013, 2:29 PM

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Too late. I guess I should have stated a general idea of what I have already. I have a decent medium sized box, lots of sockets/extensions of all sizes and drives, decent set of flex sockets, impact socket set, lots of screwdrivers, lots of different pliers. Specialty tools - seal puller, slide hammer, couple different pullers, hose clamp pliers, quick disconnect fitting tools, voltmeter, test light, diagnostic tools - solus pro, cooling system pressure tester, fuel pressure gauge, compression test kit. I have more, but thats a general idea of where Im at. Im starting a service shop at our small family dealership and will be working on mostly domestic vehicles. In my opinion i have most of the basics, just looking at more specialty tools for saving time.


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Aug 26, 2013, 2:41 PM

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You can buy specialty tool non-stop for the next year and still not have everything you could need. You have to get an idea of what type of jobs you will take on to decide what else you need.



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Dec 13, 2013, 1:03 AM

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You need to start out with a good box and some hand tools. Diagnostics will come later. When you buy a box I suggest you buy just the bottom section of a very large box. Everybody wastes a lot of money on a "starter" box that ends up getting scrapped for a larger one. Just buy one component of the larger setup now and yop can add pieces to it later.

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2 years in the the field and Im on box 3. 1st upgrade was necessary, this last one was a convenience thing. As far as tools go dont by too many specialty tools. Talk to guys at work and see what is most commonly used. Its inevitable but nobody wants to pay the tool truck weekly for tools they dont use. also, a lot of the expensive specialties the shop should have.






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