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Timmah
05-27-2008, 10:09 AM
I'm curious as to what the 'go to' tool is for you guys? You know, the one tool that you find yourself using on almost every job and that always gets the job done?

I'm in the middle of stripping down and 'refreshing' the engine out of my Celica, in a carpark, without access to electricity or air, and I know for a fact that I could not have got this thing to pieces without the big f*ck off breaker bar.

It has loosened everything from heat-seized exhaust bolts to hub nuts to engine mounts and everything in between. It has also, by dint of it's length protected my hands from the inevitable sharp objects and sudden impacts. Prior to its arrival I used pieces of pipe slipped over wrenches and ratchets and other unsuitable materials and everything suffered, the tool, the nut being loosened, the other tool at the end of the pipe, his hands etc.

I love my big f*ck off breaker bar and it is the most used and useful tool I own.

Yours?

Mr. Babb
05-27-2008, 06:00 PM
I got a ryobi 18v cordless impact that I use all the time. it is the shiznit when it comes to doing small stuff

Murgatroy
05-27-2008, 06:25 PM
I got a ryobi 18v cordless impact that I use all the time. it is the shiznit when it comes to doing small stuff
I have one of those.

Luni
05-27-2008, 08:42 PM
I have to say my most useful tool I have is a rubber mallet. I call it my "best friend" when Im trying to break stuff loose.

donteatbugs
05-27-2008, 11:27 PM
its a tie between my dewalt 1/2 cordless impact and my 1/4 rachet with 10mm deepwell socket. both are used on almost every toyota job.

The Captain
05-27-2008, 11:58 PM
A pair of 8" long hemostats. They're priceless when you drop a nut or bolt into a deep crevasse.

Luni
05-28-2008, 12:01 AM
I have an extendable magnet for that.

DeeCee
05-28-2008, 12:05 AM
Community forums like Celicatech.. they have 95% of my answers already :)

I'm always popping in from the garage to find out some info on the net

extremeskillz
05-28-2008, 12:22 AM
WEll where should i start? Ctech is a great tool, my air tools, my sockets and wrenches, power tools, cordless drill with driver, etc! I guess its only useful when you use them and they all see bench time!

caneman
05-28-2008, 12:48 AM
My brain. I keep it sharp and shiny by trying to learn something new every day. The internet and my library provide me with external storage space, so important since my hair went gray...

CriScO
05-28-2008, 01:14 AM
My brain. I keep it sharp and shiny by trying to learn something new every day. The internet and my library provide me with external storage space, so important since my hair went gray...

Psh, you don't need that! :)

My extendable magnet has got me out of many a jam.

caneman
05-28-2008, 01:40 AM
Psh, you don't need that! :)
My extendable magnet has got me out of many a jam.I try to keep magnets away from my memory storage devices. ;)

KoreanJoey
05-28-2008, 01:53 AM
My brain. I keep it sharp and shiny by trying to learn something new every day. The internet and my library provide me with external storage space, so important since my hair went gray...

He beat me to it.

2nd would be... my hands.

Luni
05-28-2008, 01:55 AM
Get out smartass mofos.

This is the TOOL forum.

Obviously its a question aimed at TOOLS, like the kind of TOOLS you use to work on CARS with.

So OBVIOUSLY the OP means stuff you will find in your TOOL box. Starting to get a trend?

celica9303
05-28-2008, 02:13 AM
Side cuts or 10 mill ratchet wrench

KoreanJoey
05-28-2008, 02:16 AM
Get out smartass mofos.

This is the TOOL forum.

Obviously its a question aimed at TOOLS, like the kind of TOOLS you use to work on CARS with.

So OBVIOUSLY the OP means stuff you will find in your TOOL box. Starting to get a trend?
LOL, my favorite tool is Luni, or maybe my biggest tool. =)

I love my Snappy finetooth ratchet. Use it everyday.

Aside from that probably a basic crescent wrench.

T-spoon
05-28-2008, 02:21 AM
Obviously things like ratchets etc. are high on the list, but honestly the tool I use the MOST is any kind of plier I can find. This is probably bad and I shouldn't be lazy and find the appropriate wrench or socket, but when I'm in a hurry and not scheduled to be working on the car, I'm more often than not just going to grab some pliers. Locking (such as vice grips) are highly used.

donteatbugs
05-28-2008, 03:41 AM
i forgot about my extendable magnet and my small flat head. those are up on my list too.

goretro77
05-28-2008, 04:05 AM
Helping me to see in bad lighting helps my other tools be more effective...so I say my headlamp with 2 LEDs for bright lighting and one red lamp:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01851.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01849.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01845.jpg

the light tilts down too:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01846.jpg

I use it for automotive, home theater,fishing at night, etc...where it keeps both your hands free but yet the light is right where you need it.

caneman
05-28-2008, 04:26 AM
Get out smartass mofos.
This is the TOOL forum.
Obviously its a question aimed at TOOLS, like the kind of TOOLS you use to work on CARS with.
So OBVIOUSLY the OP means stuff you will find in your TOOL box. Starting to get a trend?Well, I don't know; I never work on my car without engaging my brain first. Are you saying that you don't use your brain while working on your MR2 (actually, that might help explain a few things)? ;)

5gen91st
05-28-2008, 05:20 AM
hmmm I would have to say my left hand. she usually does the job =)


haha but no probably a set of pliers?

H8PVMNT
05-28-2008, 06:14 AM
The shop press my wife bought me... You may not use it for every job but you can press bearings on and off, or wheel studs or bushings and other major things. With one of these you can do the work that usually costs you big $$. A nice impact and an air rachet is pretty universal. The air rachet makes you fast! And that old inner strut tube that I use as a makeshift cheater bar. :)

The balls to tear into any fix or rebuild is the most important tool... If you don't try you'll never learn! Most stuff is pretty simple after you figure it out the hard way.

Timmah
05-28-2008, 09:46 AM
Some interesting responses there, thank you people.

Sounds like the impact driver is a popular choice, I shall have to investigate getting one. I may also look into the availability locally of a brain, although I'm not really sure how to use one. Hopefully I can pick it up as I go along.

91 Celica GT-S
05-28-2008, 12:00 PM
seriously my stinger flashlight i got a piggy back charger with a back up battery costed a good $120 but a visual inspection is the most important part in trouble shooting other than that trusty 4 pound harbor freight hammer and a big pry bar

caneman
05-28-2008, 05:15 PM
Some interesting responses there, thank you people.

Sounds like the impact driver is a popular choice, I shall have to investigate getting one. I may also look into the availability locally of a brain, although I'm not really sure how to use one. Hopefully I can pick it up as I go along.I'm not sure that he has a web site, but check into seeing the Wizard, he lives in the Emerald City in the Land of Oz. Tell'm the Scarecrow sent you... ;)

Dave9284
05-28-2008, 05:49 PM
I'd have to say my 1/2" socket wrench. Strong enough to break anything loose without stripping, can use a pipe as a breaker bar for it. I can use it for 3/8 and 1/4 with adapters. And I've use it as a hammer many a times then went right back to using it as a rachet. Last one lasted 3 years until it got stolen along with other tools out of my truck. So I went and bought 3 of em.

Timmah
05-28-2008, 09:05 PM
I'm not sure that he has a web site, but check into seeing the Wizard, he lives in the Emerald City in the Land of Oz. Tell'm the Scarecrow sent you... ;)


That sounds like excellent advice thank you. I've got a day off today with nothing better to do, so I'm off to see this Wizard, this wonderful wizard.

donteatbugs
05-29-2008, 12:52 AM
ive got 3 or 4 of those headband lights laying around and a mini 9 bulb led flashlight in each car. you gotta be able to see where the oil is leaking from.

Audi90Quattro
06-06-2008, 01:10 PM
My most important tool as of right now would be my air inflator chuck. On a hot day in the shop when I've got nothing going on, I jam it down the side of my boot and just sit there with the air on. It cools me down pretty well. Now I just wish I had two of em so I could do both feet at the same time. :lolhittin

Dr.Auto
06-11-2008, 05:01 AM
dang, some of the stuff you guys are listing is kindof scaring me.........

The one tool I once tried living a day without and found my self grumbling about not having it was...........

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/OBJECTS/19000/18933.JPG


yeah, kind of funny huh. but its true.

KoreanJoey
06-11-2008, 07:57 AM
Yeah the little pocket screwdriver is pretty awesome to have. They're free off of the tool trucks but they disappear like crack! Either other people steal them of the magnets stick themselves onto various metal objects... some of which drive away.

Blackcloud
06-15-2008, 07:37 PM
Im gonna say these..

http://www.matcotools.com/ProductImages/png3sb.jpg
when my dad gave them to me i never thought that id use them.. but ill be dipped in shit, i use the things alot

theorhetoric
06-10-2009, 03:56 PM
I've found myself needing/using a hook and pick set more times than I can count! Works great for getting stubborn electrical connections off..

Luni
06-10-2009, 06:22 PM
Probably my soldering iron.

My tap and die set has earned its keep also.

Honestly, I guess thinking about it, my rubber mallet is my "best friend". In fact thats what I call it.

So my rubber mallet FTW.

Murgatroy
06-10-2009, 06:30 PM
The internet.

kungFUBAR
06-10-2009, 08:44 PM
It's a tie.
This:
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/7/4/7/1/PBBlaster.jpg
or this:
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/7/4/7/1/ELECTRIC_IMPACT_.jpg

ChrisD
06-15-2009, 06:55 PM
hands down gunk liquid wrench

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31UexItbh1L._SL160_AA160_.jpg

85gtsblackman
06-15-2009, 06:57 PM
my hands....if that dont count then my ingersol rand air compressor

rizin
06-15-2009, 10:20 PM
My wife said that my tools and my hands are not worth anything till I have a beer. So a beer is my best tool nothing seems to work right till I have one.

alltracman78
06-15-2009, 11:30 PM
Don't have a single most important one, too many different tools to have one single best.

evolution
06-15-2009, 11:46 PM
http://graneyandthepig.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/ducttape3m.jpg

RickyNo
06-20-2009, 02:55 PM
Good one! :laugh:

Right now, I'd say my TopTak TP 180 CAN OBD-II Scanner. ;)

Nitro_Alltrac
06-20-2009, 11:55 PM
I'd have to say my 3/8 drive Williams ratchet. I have had it for more than 25 years and used it more than any other tool I have.

joe's gt
06-21-2009, 07:57 PM
I've found myself needing/using a hook and pick set more times than I can count! Works great for getting stubborn electrical connections off..

Anyone want to enlighten me on what this is?

For me, its my extendable magnet.

davmac
06-23-2009, 06:48 PM
Anyone want to enlighten me on what this is?

For me, its my extendable magnet.
Pick set (http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00947090000P)

Waffles!
06-23-2009, 07:33 PM
Right now, METDeath is my greatest an most useful tool. He know so much more than I do right now and is always neat at hand. With the purchase of m first tool set, this can all change.

andy
06-23-2009, 07:51 PM
http://www.toolsnob.com/pictures/skil_wrench_charger-thumb.jpg

Smaay
06-23-2009, 08:50 PM
ill have to take a picture of it, but i made a special tool that i use to compress valve springs and get the keepers in and out. its so bitchen and easy to use.

METDeath
06-23-2009, 08:52 PM
Right now, METDeath is my greatest an most useful tool. He know so much more than I do right now and is always neat at hand. With the purchase of m first tool set, this can all change.
Wait... so I'm a tool?


Dammit :lolhittin

Doowstados
06-29-2009, 01:51 AM
I'd have to agree with the guy who posted the Snap-On pocket screwdriver. I love those things.

Physlis
08-27-2009, 04:13 AM
I hate to say it but I'd have to say my favorite/most used tool would have to be zip-ties. After I messed up the front-end of my GT-Four and I was out of cash I zip-tied the bumper back on and used it to hold a number of things in place.

Other than that I'd say the most useful is my 10mm & deepwell sockets, 14mm socket (for pulling my seats when moving large items), a flathead and my 1/4" & 1/2" ratchets. I list them together for the simple fact that I end up using a combination of them to complete most jobs.

caneman
08-27-2009, 04:58 AM
i forgot about my extendable magnet and my small flat head. those are up on my list too.
Never neglect your extendable magnet and it won't let you down when picking up chicks. As for your "small flat head," I suggest letting your hair grown long or wearing a hat. Then maybe no one will notice it. ;)

caneman
09-06-2009, 05:53 AM
Never neglect your expendable magnet and it won't let you down when picking up chicks. As for your "small flat head," I suggest letting your hair grown long or wearing a hat. Then maybe no one will notice it. ;)
I Get No Appreciation... I thought my post was very humorous. :(

Shadowlife25
09-06-2009, 11:52 AM
^^ Good one! *Ziiiingaa !!!*

I would say my most useful tool is my mind. :)
In all seriousness though, my most used tool is my Craftsman 3/8" flex-head ratchet.
It has a 9" handle section and a flexible head section that can go from 90deg to 180deg. It belonged to my father and he gave it to me as my first tool. :)
It is probably about 40 years old. You'd never know just looking at it though.
My father took great care of it, and instilled that in me as well. Put your tools away as soon as you finish. Clean them and oil them if necessary. Care for them and they will provide a long life of consistent service.

That's my "favorite/most useful tool" story.

-Mario

Unarmed
10-24-2009, 07:03 PM
Craftsman 3/8" drive ratchet, Metric socket set (craftsman), and the bar for my hydraulic jack (makes a great breaker bar). Also flat head screwdrivers (for prying, chiseling, marking, separating, unscrewing).

Unarmed
10-24-2009, 07:05 PM
I only use hand tools on my car, and truck.

schmooot
10-25-2009, 01:50 AM
my 10mm ratcheting wrench..followed closely by the 12mm and 14mm

goretro77
10-25-2009, 02:44 AM
My toolbox so I can find my other tools very fast.

Mafix
10-30-2009, 07:26 PM
a friggin paperclip.

3citytuner
11-08-2009, 03:26 AM
i swear any job i do on my car involves every single tool i own.... if it doesn't i'm not working hard enough...

i went through most of the forum but i don't think anyone has mentioned it but i think my car jack is the most important and useful tool i own. and the other one is the trouble light.

good bright lights is the best!! and i've been recently been using a head lamp. its awesome.

klapa
12-06-2009, 09:14 PM
Difficult to pick any single "one" tool that serves me best - though there are a couple that I seem to always use - regardless of the job.

The first would be my brass drift - perfect for driving stubborn parts without damage.

Next on the list might not be really a "tool" at all - bt a combination. I have this really "old-timey" soldering iron - which is actually just something like a big screwdriver that has a big mass of metal on the end instead of a screwdriver tip. I use this, with "liquid wrench" or other penetrating oil, to loosen up bolts before I attempt to remove them. The way this works is that I'll heat up this iron with a torch till it glows red, and then I'll hold it against the bolt or nut to heat up the area, and finally apply the penetrating oil. In this way the penetrating oil will "boil in" to the threads and really do some good, without waiting for days. This is a good safe way to do this - as direct use of flames in cars might result in "explosions" - especially in small cars with gas lines and vent lines nearly everywhere. Even so - sometimes the penetrating oil might flame up - so I keep the air hose handy.

sodap0p
12-11-2009, 02:40 AM
trouble lights and flashlights...as many as you can get :)

Kanoodle
12-11-2009, 03:25 AM
A condom, saved my tool from acids that may cause corrosion haha jk. I find myself using a 10mm ratchet wrench, combo wrench, and socket for all jobs I have done on my Toyota. I bet you my mr2 has over 60lbs in 10mm bolts and nuts :/

KM
12-11-2009, 03:57 AM
^ LAWLZ SEX J0KE!

So, you see any land around here?

aaronius
07-24-2010, 08:40 PM
Agreeing with the pocket screwdriver people. They are indispensable for anything from dash work to rebuilding an engine. Absolutely worth their weight in gold. Of course, if they were made of gold, they wouldn't be very useful, what with gold being a rather soft metal...

4thgenceli
07-24-2010, 08:49 PM
I find it hard to choose just one tool, as I use so many of them for anything. I think that I'd have to say though it's new craftsman jack handle. That 3' handle that comes off makes a great breaker bar when added to my 3/8" or 1/2" ratchet.

Legacyofdan
07-24-2010, 10:06 PM
http://www.expeditionexchange.com/blaster/blaster003%20027.jpg

ftw

goretro77
07-24-2010, 11:04 PM
Helping me to see in bad lighting helps my other tools be more effective...so I say my headlamp with 2 LEDs for bright lighting and one red lamp:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01851.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01849.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01845.jpg

the light tilts down too:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01846.jpg

I use it for automotive, home theater,fishing at night, etc...where it keeps both your hands free but yet the light is right where you need it.

its been over a year since i posted the above and I still feel this is one of the most useful tools. Car repair , home improvement, firearms related work, etc...

Sang
07-24-2010, 11:32 PM
Basic car part RnR: 3/8" socket wrench is what I use 90% of the time.
Other stuff: I use my drill press for quite a few things.

Sifu
07-28-2011, 09:22 PM
PB Blaster, a home made pipe breaker bar and safety glasses because you always get crap in your eyes...

Facime
07-29-2011, 12:55 AM
4" angle grinder with a variety of flap disks, surfacers, cut off wheels, and even polishing disks. Rarely a day goes by I dont use it in some way.

Funkycheeze
07-29-2011, 04:53 PM
A BFH. There is a reason the drawer with all the different hammers, drifts and prybars is known as the Toyota drawer.

New Guy
11-16-2011, 08:03 PM
My old 18" long 3/8" drive breaker bar. Loved that thing to pieces... Literally. Was removing a stuck bolt when the head snapped and the handle chipped one of my teeth a bit.

Other than that? My Husky 3/8" drive fine-tooth ratchet. I've used that thing and a piece of pipe or a big hammer to break loose some very stubborn bolts.

Aaron Willis
11-18-2011, 07:31 PM
Tied for first place, because for what I do, one without the other is useless: Jet HVBS-463 and Lincoln SP-125 Plus.

CollapsedNut
11-18-2011, 07:47 PM
I bought a new snap-on 3/8" extremely fine tooth ratchet, its my new fav.

Quakefire
11-24-2011, 02:29 AM
I have my iPad, I get wifi on my driveway, and have used many a forum and diagram to get me sorted out. Combine that with a good penlight and im set

VavAlephVav
08-01-2014, 06:26 PM
a lot of really good ones listed, I found myself using a pick set to get a rubber piece off a cheap plug wire set out of the spark plug tube.
and the 14mm combo wrench with a gear ratchet is nice.

but this serpentine belt tool comes in handy.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-25149?seid=srese1&gclid=CJ3796jK8r8CFStk7AodghAAMA

even though my Celica doesn't have a serpentine belt this helped me reach that bolt on the power steering pump belt.

MCcelica
08-04-2014, 07:08 AM
Right now, my Sawzall and I are best friends. :)

underscore
08-07-2014, 08:21 PM
The BFH, long breaker bar with extension and zip ties are my favourites. I can get mighty creative with some zip ties.

crymson
08-12-2014, 06:49 AM
the garage fridge.

and ratcheting box wrenches. Those things are damn useful.

T-spoon
08-12-2014, 06:55 AM
the garage fridge.

and ratcheting box wrenches. Those things are damn useful.

I keep meaning to get a set of those wrenches and never do... that and a cordless impact... really should have both by now!

4thgenceli
08-12-2014, 05:31 PM
I love my smaller cordless impact, that thing is awesome. It's only a small 18v Ryobi but it works enough for what I need it. I'll be upgrading it soon to a nice big one though with the rebuild. I can't remember who, but someone gave me a gift last year of a set of Metric & SAE ratcheting wrenches. On top of that I bought some crows feet & line wrenches (for brake lines, etc). Those alone have saved me countless hours of grief.

VavAlephVav
08-12-2014, 06:47 PM
:love:
the garage fridge.

and ratcheting box wrenches. Those things are damn useful.

when I did the timing belt the bolts on that front motor mount between the passenger fender would have never come out if I didn't have a ratcheting 14mm box end

:love:

tto010
06-09-2015, 10:38 AM
got a 10kg sledgehammer with a short shaft. Damn usefull when working on cars that has been on salty roads.

Freelancer
12-10-2016, 07:23 AM
https://img.ifcdn.com/images/0f020ccd9a8a899a85f7c092524c50aefce31598acf8079fd1 1aa998bc383568_1.jpg

You know it's true. My right hand guys are a ratcheting 10, 12, 14mm box wrench...except that darn 10mm is always playing hide and seek.

underscore
12-10-2016, 04:28 PM
I'm half tempted to make wrist straps for all my 10mm stuff. Or tie them to balloons or something.

Freelancer
12-11-2016, 06:00 AM
I'm half tempted to make wrist straps for all my 10mm stuff. Or tie them to balloons or something.

Literal LOL there. Exactly. It's hopeless