Top accessories for the home mechanic repair your vehicle to your heart’s content.
But having the suitable kit and all the accessories needed to turn your space into an at-home mechanic shop is not a quick process (or a cheap one). That’s why we have compiled this list of the top accessories that any home mechanic will need.
A mechanics seat
A heavy-duty mechanic’s seat provides a comfortable place for mechanics, technicians, and machinists to sit while they work close to or under vehicles and other machinery. This saves you from suffering from back or joint pain after you’ve completed a job.
All seats are soft-padded to make them as comfortable as possible and have a flexible height option so you can adjust them to the perfect working height for the job.
Some mechanics seats (also known as creeper seats) also have a low-profile tool tray fitted. This helps you to keep your most-used tools nearby at all times and can be magnetic such that screws will not scatter as you move.
Hook and pick set
This set may seem like a particular type of accessory; however, it does come in handy for a wide range of uses. They are worth keeping in your toolset, from disconnecting stubborn electrical wires to pulling off plastic pins and slides.
Hook and pin sets usually come in a pack of four with each hook bent at a different angle, although if you think they are likely to come in very handy, they are available to purchase in larger sets with many more hook options.
A wrench set
Every mechanic needs to use a wrench at some point. Having a good-quality wrench that you can rely on is great, but it may not always be the right size for the job. A wrench set can help fix this problem.
Wrench sets are ideal for a wide variety of different jobs, including removing brakes and power steering lines. You could even get a color-coded set that makes identifying the different sizes so much easier.
Using specific tools daily, especially on cars, means grease can build up quite quickly. This can make tools less efficient and hard to use. An easy solution to this problem is cleaning them.
With a simple parts cleaner, restoring the condition of tools and parts couldn’t be easier (or cheaper). They usually feature a flexible fused lid stand, so in a fire, the lid will snap shut and hopefully distinguish it. Fitting a heating element to the parts washer can also help clean, making the entire process much faster.
A light stick
Most garages have poor lighting conditions, which only get worse at night. This can make evening projects challenging as it can be hard to see what you’re doing. But a light stick can help solve this issue.
This accessory may not seem specific to a mechanic, but we think it’s still a top accessory to have if you’re an at-home mechanic. It can help you see the under-side of a vehicle while solid magnets hold it in place, and you can rotate it to aim the light exactly where you need it.
As a little bonus, it can also always come in handy if the power goes out in your home.