Jan 26 2015

Basic Equipment Within the Garage for Tuning Cars

Tuning up your car is a priority from time to time. From changing the spark plugs and oil to checking to make certain that your air filter is not clogged, these (and other) procedures are excellent ways to keep any vehicle in tip-top shape. While some tasks are naturally easier than others, there are still a handful of tools and a selection of equipment that will allow any job to be performed quickly and safely. So, what are some of these basic requirements and what purpose does each serve?

Automobile Jacks

It is likely that you will need to access the undercarriage of your car. This can be nearly impossible without raising it off of the ground. While there are several online resources to help you determine the finer points, it is still wise to only purchase a jack that is manufactured from a reputable company. Also, make sure that the unit in question is able to support the weight of the vehicle.

Vice Grips

This tool is considered by many to be one of the most universal in the entire garage. The reason for this is that it can be adjusted to fit a wide variety of bolt sizes. However, the main advantage of a pair of vice grips is that a secure locking mechanism will keep the handles clamped shut with absolutely no pressure applied by the user. Not only can this enable you to loosen stubborn parts, but the tool can remain firmly in place when necessary (such as if a hose needs to be temporarily crimped).

Ratchet and Socket Sets

Most reputable online resources state that this combination is absolutely essential when tuning up a car. The reason for such a statement is simple. Sockets come in a wide variety of sizes and perhaps more importantly, they are designed to fit both metric and standard parts. Without this advantage, even the simplest of tasks would be nearly impossible. Also, the ratchets will be available in numerous lengths. This is another important factor when removing spark plugs or accessing areas that are hard to reach. As with all tools designed for a proper tune up, only trusted brand names should be chosen. If possible, purchase those with an attached warranty.

Keeping these suggestions in mind will allow any scheduled maintenance job to be completed easily and safely. For the novice or the automobile enthusiast, such items are all but essential.


Jan 19 2015

Special Equipment for the Garage for Tuning Cars

If you have the space and the skills, it is an excellent idea to perform a regular tune- up on your car. Most manufacturers recommend a tune up, or major service, every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The following operations are usually recommended:

  • Visual inspection of the braking system
  • Visual inspection of the wheels and suspension components
  • Engine coolant strength check
  • Brake fluid check
  • Engine oil and oil filter replacement
  • Air conditioning pollen filter replacement
  • Check the condition and tension of driving belts
  • Check battery fluid level in the case of non-sealed batteries

By maintaining your car properly you may prevent many problems from arising. For example, worn spark plugs can cause the engine to misfire, and filters can become clogged and slow the flow of air or fuel to the engine. You probably already have many of the tools you will need for the tune up but some specialised equipment will simplify and speed up your project.

What equipment do I need to do to tune up my car?

  1. Ratchet and socket set
    Needed to loosen and remove spark plugs. Halfords have an excellent selection of socket sets and ratchets.
  2. Set of screwdrivers
    Used for loosening and retightening screws on items that need to be removed and then replaced.
  3. Torque wrench
    You will need this to tighten spark plugs and other items to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  4. Electrical Grease
    As the name implies, this conducts electricity and is used to prevent electrical contacts from rusting.
  5. Extendable mirror
    Set on a flexible wire rod, this mirror allows you to see into all areas of the engine.
  6. Cordless LED magnetic lamp
    You can clamp a magnetic lamp to the underside of the car bonnet to illuminate the engine area clearly. take a look at the range from the RAC shop.
  7. Vehicle mover
    When you are working in a confined space, a vehicle mover makes moving your car both easier and safer. Ergonomically-designed vehicle movers mean that you can move large vehicles without the need to start them, even when working single-handed.
  8. Tablet or laptop with camera
    The internet is a useful resource to research vehicle manuals, and a camera is handy to take photos of your car engine as you dismantle parts. You can then refer to the photos when putting everything back to ensure things go in the right order.