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Tools you can't live without

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by slmgt, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    slmgt

    slmgt [OP] Well-Known Member

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    What are the most important tools to have around when working on a Tacoma?

    I have basically no tools or experience with cars let alone trucks and am looking for guidance on what tools I absolutely need. For example...

    If renting/borrowing from a shop is a better idea for some tools, that knowledge would be helpful too!
     
  2. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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    luk8272

    luk8272 Poodoo

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    General service tools are the most important. Get you a good tool set, ratchet, sockets and wrenches. Couple of various pairs of pliars. Not to forget a lug wrench. The best way to keep from having to use those tools is good maintance practice. Check the air, oil, Power steering, and radiator fluid.
     
  3. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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    skytower

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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    A set of metric wrenches and sockets. 10mm-19mm and a 24mm for the lug nuts.
    A set of metric allan keys. This style of oil filter wrench= OF636(measure your filter, I don't remember the size): http://matcotools.com/Catalog/toolcatalog.jsp?cattype=T&cat=2125&select=&page=4#
    Floor jack, jack stands, oil drain pan, oil dry, rags.

    Get good tools once, or buy cheap tools many times... Craftsman or better.
     
  4. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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    Nonfatwater7

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    a hammer

    -Jeremy Clarkson
     
  5. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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    HondaGM

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    hacksaw & a blue wrench
     
  6. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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    luk8272

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    A BMFH to be exact
     
  7. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    Rainman998

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    The most important thing to have around when I work on my truck is.........Beer!!! Otherwise I don't feel like working on an engine. Oh wait I have a Toyota I just drink and stare. :)
     
  8. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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  9. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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    Buy a good set of sockets/ratchets. Minimum quality would be Craftsman or Stanley.

    Get a set of torx bit sockets.

    Get a good set of channel lock pliers, and a regular set of pliers (wire cutters, linesman pliers, needlenose, etc) Get a set of wire strippers/crimpers.

    A good set of vice grips will come in handy in a lot of situations, but not always needed.

    Get a good set of wrenches. Combo box/open ended is great.

    Get a good set of screwdrivers. And there is a huge difference in quality. Dont buy that 27 piece kit for $9.99.


    Those should cover most anything you will do with almost any vehicle you own, as well as a huge amount of general purpose stuff for the rest of your life.

    Most of the rest can be bought as needed.
     
  10. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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    MJonaGS32

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    zip ties and duct tape is all u need
     
  11. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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    my electric impact, it just makes shit so much quicker
     
  12. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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    Gear wrenches. I love those things!
     
  13. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    Dremel tool.
     
  14. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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  15. Apr 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    :popcorn: sounds like this is gonna be a good one
     
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    sorry but had to do that quote
     
  19. Apr 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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  20. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM
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    slmgt

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    So have all the necessary tools been covered? It looks like a solid list with some less necessary recommendations.
     
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