Tag: tools

6 Posts

Auto Mechanics Must Provide Their Own Tools
Feb 13, 2020

Auto Mechanics Provide Their Own Tools

Dear Car Talk

Those tools may cost more than the cars they repair

mechanics tools

Sears employee 1965
Dec 18, 2015

Sears Craftsman Tools: What Happened?

Craig Fitzgerald

Sears used to be the place to buy tools. What happened? Car Talk's intrepid blogger takes a look. 


How long does a torque wrench last
Jul 01, 2009

Can Jim's old torque wrench still be trusted?

Dear Car Talk

My father taught me a lot about cars by having me do the work while he "supervised." I don't remember how old I was, maybe 8 or 10, but I was young enough that I had to stand on a crate to...


Jun 01, 1998

What do you recommend I include in a toolbox that I'll keep in my car in case of breakdowns?

Dear Car Talk

I am involved in bird research during the spring and summer in western Oregon that has several times left me in the middle of nowhere with a car problem usually a flat tire I drive over extremely crummy roads and...

DIY repairs tools

Nov 01, 1997

Can you recommend an affordable VW scanner for this intrepid do-it-yourselfer mechanic?

Dear Car Talk

My wife and I both have VWs I am a do-it-yourselfer and my car is a ' VW Passat The entire engine management system is the Bosch KE-Motronic pin with an ODB scanner port Does anybody make a scanner for...

DIY tools

Jul 01, 1997

Which settings on my new charger should I use to charge my batteries?

Dear Car Talk

I have received a battery charger as a gift It has the following settings on it -volt amp -volt amp -volt amp I have a Oldsmobile a ' Chevy pickup truck and a Snapper rider mower Which of the above...

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