Armed with online guides, a few handy tools and a drive to succeed; it is possible for anyone to work on their car. Not only is this a fantastic way to avoid mechanic bills, but it can also be immensely rewarding and fun. Before getting your hands dirty, it is important that you have these 5 pieces of equipment readily available.
- Tool Chest/Cabinet
In order to work on your car, you are going to need a fair amount of storage space. You will quickly acquire dozens of tools, fluids and accessories, and these will all need a home. This is so that you can find a tool quickly, but also for safety. Working on cars can be dangerous, so it is important that the floor is kept clear to avoid tripping.
- Mechanic seat
Carrying out any kind of work on your car can be strenuous. You will therefore want a comfortable chair which enables you to move around with ease. Mechanic chairs have wheels that allow you to move around, whilst many are adjustable so that you can get to the right height.
- Jack Stands
A lot of the work that you will be carrying out will be underneath the car. This means that it will need to be elevated, but this must be done in the proper way to protect both yourself and the car. This will require heavy duty jack stands, available from specialists including SGS, which will easily and safely enable you to raise the vehicle.
- Car Creeper
Now that you have access to the underside of your car, you will want to easily be able to get in and out. It is likely that you will suddenly realise you need a piece of equipment whilst under the car, and you will want to be able to quickly slide out, get the tool and slide back in. A skateboard would be a very uncomfortable way to do this, whilst a car creeper is comfortable and easy.
- Air compressor
An air compressor opens up a whole new avenue and will enable you to carry out hundreds of different projects. Not only will it enable you to inflate tires, but you can also use it to power hundreds of different air tools. Air tools can make it fast, easy and safe to carry out many different projects on your car. They can also serve many other functions and will be a great addition to your home. 150 psi air compressors are always useful too!