There is no need to buy me a Christmas gift. As your professional mechanic, the gift of your loyal patronage is more than adequate; in fact I should be giving you and your family a gift. However, I would like to help you to buy the mechanic that works diligently in your home garage a great gift for Christmas. Whether it is your son or daughter, niece or nephew, wife or husband, or even girlfriend or boyfriend, the “shade-tree” mechanic in your life needs certain items in order to hone his (or her) craft. Here is a list of five items that are sure to put a smile on your mechanic’s face.
- Prepare for lift-off; amateur and professional mechanics alike need to have access to a reliable vehicle jack. While the need for a high quality floor jack should be top priority, an economical exhaust jack could be a viable alternative. The exhaust jack is easy to use for lifting both wheels on one side of the car, for easy tire rotation. The exhaust jack is not a method of lifting that you are going to use for under car service but it is a quick method of raising the car when changing tires and brakes.
- Get geared up; GearWrench is a fast rising tool company based out of Sparks, Maryland. They have taken the professional automotive market by storm with ratcheting wrench sets that are durable, economical, and innovative. They offer combination ratcheting wrench sets in standard and metric sizes, as they do flex head ratcheting, long pattern ratcheting, indexing wrenches, and reversible wrench sets. I personally own several of these sets and I have bought them as gifts for my sons and techs. They come with a free lifetime replacement warranty that you will rarely need to use.
- Just the facts, Man; small, easy to read, and inexpensive, code readers have become such a great investment that you can’t afford not to own one. They offer a brief code description that you can take to the internet and research until you find the problem. These handy little gadgets are also great for clearing trouble codes to ensure that you aren’t dealing with a passing fancy. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a diagnostic scanner, then a code reader and digital volt/ohm meter can help your mechanic to get at the root of the problem.
- Dig deeper; the perfect companion to your mechanic’s code reader is a digital volt/ohm meter (DVOM). With a DVOM, your mechanic can monitor live data right at the chosen engine control component. Simply use the code reader to obtain a trouble code and then obtain a diagnostic chart online. Now you are ready to determine exactly which part is faulty, just like the pros do it.
- Remember the little things; a pocket screwdriver is often the professional technician’s best friend and a tool that I have personally reached for hundreds of times during a busy day. A high-quality rechargeable flashlight is also an invaluable tool for your mechanic, as are a pair of grease and oil resistant work shoes or boots.