- 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. Hydraulic floor jack and jack stand kits retail on average $80-$150.
- 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. OBD2 code readers retail on average $40-$80.
- 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. DMM's retail on average $50-$100.
- 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. While these manuals are a nice addition to the bookshelf of the dedicated, or aspiring DIYer, AutoMD.com provides many How-to Guides, Videos, and access to an Auto Answers forum - as well as an iPhone mobile app - all for the cost of typing in a url: www.automd.com, and these apps aren't as heavy as a manual. Plus, they're FREE.
- 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. Portable air compressors average retail cost ranges $100-$200.
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