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Guide: Tools You Will Need To Become A Home Mechanic

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ARE YOU one of those folks that would like to do it yourself maintenance on your 626 and/or just wanting to get into cars but YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO USE? Well hold on to your Nuts :blink:......... and bolts. I got just the list of things for how to prepare yourself whenever you're doing any work on your car at home. Lets start with the basic tool sets! I included the pic links to some of these, I wanted to include my 3/8" and 1/4" socket set pics but they were just too disorganized with extra pieces of sockets all over the place to be posted here.

Basic Tools:

-Mazda 626 service repair manual online, solid copy, or Haynes repair book (you'll need it to know what your doing and the specs for your specific 626).

-Tool Box (17" may be recommended, the bigger the better if you have space to put it).http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1268.jpg

-Flat Head screwdrivers of different widths & length

-Philips screwdrivers of different points & length

-Pocket screwdriver

-Pliers (needle nose, channel locks, & cutters)

-3/8" Drive Metric Ratchet Socket set (SAE optional)

-1/4" Drive Metric Ratchet Socket set

-1/4" Drive Metric Deep Socket set

-5/8 Spark plug Socket (deep socket with rubber inert) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1250.jpg

-10" Long extension (for reaching into spark plug hole and other things) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1264.jpg

-Metric Combination Wrench set 7mm-17mm (ranges of sizes may vary) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1262.jpg

-1/2" Drive Breaker/cheater bar http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1238.jpg

-1/2-3/8, 3/8-1/2" Drive Adapters http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1267.jpg

-Tire pressure gauge

-Drain Pan (Holds at least 4 qt for oil changes & maybe 7-8 qt for ATF or Antifreeze changes, not all of the ATF will be able to drain from tranny).

-Oil filter Wrench (varies in sizes, check fit first) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1277.jpg

-Funnel

-Two 2-ton Jackstands + wheel blockers http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1274.jpg

-Anti-seize grease

-Thor's Hammer!

-Multi-meter (very cheap) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1241.jpg

-OBD II Scanner (if you ever get a check engine light on, it would be convenient to have one with you especially in the trunk).

-Jumper Box with air pump (very convenient for jumpstarting weak/dead batteries or add air to tires) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1272.jpg

-Magnet stick ( A MUST NEED for retrieving bolts, screws, sockets, & tools dropped in the engine bay where its impossible to reach with your butter fingers).

-LED flashlight

-Most important of all, WEAR SAFETY GLASS!! :excl:http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1273.jpg

If you want to get a little deeper into your Mazda, then here are some of the more slightly Advanced Tools that I recommend you get, especially when your doing brake job.

More Advanced Tools:

-1/2" ft-lb Torque wrench http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1275.jpg

-3/8" inch-lb Torque wrench

-1/2" Impact wrench ( I owned an electric cordless impact wrench producing 200 ft-lb of torque, more than enough to get lug nuts off). http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1269.jpg

-Air Compressor that power tools (if you own any air powered tools, I don't and large air compressors can be quite expensive)

-Blow gun (Air powered tool) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1270.jpg

-1/2" Drive Deep Impact Sockets http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1254.jpg

-Oxygen Sensor Socket http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1244.jpg

-RTV gasket maker

-Needle Nose long locking pliers (helps getting stripped bolts/nuts/screws loose) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1237.jpg

-Drum Brake Tool (if you own drum brakes) http://s1270.photobu...nt=download.jpg

-C-clamp (good for pushing caliper pistons in when servicing) http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1235.jpg

-Metric Hex bit set http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1261.jpg

-Brake Caliper Grease

-Very thin T-pins (to diagnose by backprobing connectors)

-Pair of small Alligator clip jumper Wire

-Pair of Wire stripper http://s1270.photobu...nt=DSCN1243.jpg

*There's more to list but this is all I can come up with in my head for now*

Optional:

-Vacuum gauge or Vacuum pump

-Coolant/Radiator pressure tester

-Spark plug wire tester

-Engine Compression Tester

-Four Jackstands

-Can of Brake clean

-Mechanic gloves or disposable Nitrile gloves

-Shop paper towels (good at absorbing oil, it takes a lot longer to use up a roll than regular home paper towels).

I had fun making this list of things and surely these are most of the tools that I've used as an Auto student and at Home. :smile:

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Forgetting scissors, utility knife, Xacto knife, razor blades. Pretty good list, very well thought out.

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Thanks for the fast reply lol

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This website is my porn so it should have a laptop & WiFi. Maybe a big screen TV to play YouTube videos too like ETCG & ScannerDanner. Soooooooo auto learnin' porn.

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i miss having a TV in my garage. :( they swapped to full digital in my area. so every tv needs a conversion box to get cable. and they make us pay for each one. so i havent had TV in the garage for like 2 years. :(

but at least my wireless internet reach's my garage!

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also, every good garage has a porn stash some where.

I wish I had a garage, I could work in the shade in hot summer and rainy days any day :(

I didn't know folks still watch VHS and dirty magazines in this decade. Hahaha I love the internet...ahem. :biggrin:

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really long list,.. im not even near 5% on my tools,.. :wacko:

by the way you should add over-alls,.. (not sure if i called it right,.. kinda like those one peace suit worn by pilots,..)

:ohmy: porn...?

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really long list,.. im not even near 5% on my tools,.. :wacko:

by the way you should add over-alls,.. (not sure if i called it right,.. kinda like those one peace suit worn by pilots,..)

:ohmy: porn...?

You mean mechanics uniform? Nah you don't need those unless you're working in a shop or dealership that they suggest/provide for you. Working at home as a home mechanic, I'll just wear plain clothing that won't mind getting dirty. ;)

I hope you at least have the safety glass, because you don't know how many times it saved my eyes from upper and below the (rusted car). :cool:

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really long list,.. im not even near 5% on my tools,.. :wacko:

by the way you should add over-alls,.. (not sure if i called it right,.. kinda like those one peace suit worn by pilots,..)

:ohmy: porn...?

You mean mechanics uniform? Nah you don't need those unless you're working in a shop or dealership that they suggest/provide for you. Working at home as a home mechanic, I'll just wear plain clothing that won't mind getting dirty. ;)

I hope you at least have the safety glass, because you don't know how many times it saved my eyes from upper and below the (rusted car). :cool:

helps you get into the role,..lol

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I think I'm at least 90% complete on that list. Most of it seems like basic stuff, and when you need it and don't have it, it ends up being something you have to go buy, but then you're set for next time.

If you live in the rust belt, the main things are:

PB Blaster

BFH

Grinder

And with those, you can accomplish many things. :biggrin:

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No do not pay attention to the Haynes manual even for torque specs.  Haynes is a paperweight compared to a factory work shop manual.  Get a factory work shop manual from

 

www.PMX626.info (ABSOLUTELY FREE)

 

with accurate information for your model year.  I despise the Haynes Manual.  They grouped multiple years and models together.  There's a TON of missing relevant information for everything they cover.

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I despise the Haynes Manual. They grouped multiple years and models together. There's a TON of missing relevant information for everything they cover.

I always found Haynes manuals far worse than Chiltons, when both were available, but neither is anywhere close to as good as the official service manuals. Definitely don't waste the time/money on them if you can get access to the FSM.

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