Five must-have tools for your garage

The OBD2 code reader pulls the diagnostic trouble codes for most cars, light trucks, and SUVs released after 1995

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With the holidays now upon us, here’s a list of the top five must-have tools for your do-it-yourself (DIY) garage.

As the trend of longer vehicle ownership holds steady, many car owners are attempting their own DIY repairs.

These gift ideas fit almost any budget.

1) Hydraulic Floor Jack and Jack Stands – A must have for any DIYer. A quality hydraulic floor jack and jack stand kit not only allows you to lift and secure your vehicle safely, but empowers you to complete auto repairs like replacing front brake pads and rotating the tires.

2) OBD2 Code Reader – An invaluable diagnostic tool for both new and veteran DIYers. The OBD2 code reader pulls the diagnostic trouble codes for most cars, light trucks, and SUVs released after 1995 – providing the first step in troubleshooting a check engine light or drivability problem. Many models also include an Internet USB cable ensuring the product can be regularly updated, guaranteeing compatibility with newly released vehicles for years to come.

3) Digital Multi-meter (DMM) – A DMM is a hand-held device essential for troubleshooting electrical problems – useful for basic fault finding, the instrument can measure to a high degree of accuracy. As a bonus, DMM’s can be used to troubleshoot electrical problems not only in vehicles, but in most basic electronic equipment, domestic appliances, power supplies, and wiring systems.

4) Vehicle Specific Repair Manual – Even veteran DIYers need to consult the books occasionally. A quality repair manual will provide vehicle specific troubleshooting and How-to Guides for your DIY project. At a little under $30 each, the manuals provide an in-depth look at specific areas of auto repair and include step-by-step procedures, enhanced photos, troubleshooting guides, electrical diagrams, and valuable short cuts.

5) Air Compressor – A simple yet essential tool for your DIY garage. An air compressor allows you to not only inflate vehicle (or bicycle) tires, but it will provide the power needed to operate pneumatic tools. As a bonus, some of these portable air compressors include a 12-volt battery pack for jumpstarting the car in the case of a dead battery.

Other DIY workplace gift suggestions include a tool chest, a torque wrench (to apply proper torque to nuts and bolts), a mechanic’s tool set, a shop light, a work bench with a vise, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, and Personal Protective Equipment (safety glasses and gloves).

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