Top 10 essentials for the home mechanic

Before heading to the garage, ensure it’s stocked with essential items.

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According to The Telegraph, home car maintenance is still popular. To get you start ed, here’s what you’ll need.


As the saying goes, if you can’t fix it with duct tape, you can’t fix it. It’s really strong and sticky, easy to tear into pieces, and holds most things together.

A can of spray lubrication should always be on hand. If it doesn’t move and it should, a quick spray does the trick.

Essential tools

Invest in a good set of sockets and ratchets, and you’ll be set for life. Make sure that the set includes 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ drive sockets and ratchets. Go for a set in a storage case so they’ll be easy to find.

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Pick up a full set of combination spanners ranging from 8 to 19mm. Ratchet spanners are also a good buy, although they’re a bit more expensive. They’ll come in handy for hard-to-reach places.

A bit set should also be on your garage shelving. Plastic bits on the car are held on with Torx, Hex and Porsi bolts, and you’ll need to make your way through your bit set for the right tool to remove the plastic before you can get to the heart of the job.

A pair of vice grips is a great multi-purpose tool to have. They can be used as pliers, clamps, or to hold hot things without burning your fingers.

A Stanley Knife is great for opening packets, clipping wires or tearing rags. It’s so much better than a simple pair of scissors.

Motor tools

A torque wrench is an essential piece of kit for tightening nuts, bolts and fasteners to their correct setting.

A brake bleeding kit is useful, and you can choose either a basic model with can and hose or a more expensive one that uses air pressure to work. Of course, the more expensive types work much better.

A ball joint splitter is essential for suspension work, and this is one tool that is worth spending some money on to ensure quality.

Of course, to store all your tools, you’ll need some decent garage shelving like that at

The list of essentials could continue, but with this lot at the ready, you will be set to go.


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