As you search for the right car parts for your automobile, you can end up at a car salvage yard. Because you’ll need to find and take off your necessary parts yourself, you need tools to get the job done. Here are five tools that you should bring with you on your next visit to a salvage yard.
Tool 1: Socket and Ratchet Set
Having the right socket and ratchet set is a must when visiting a salvage yard. Make sure to bring both a standard and metric set. Although you may think you know exactly what size you are going to need, many cars have had work done in the past, and the previous owner may have decided to use different types and sizes of fasteners.
The general rule of thumb is to bring half-inch, quarter-inch, and three-eighths sockets. Those typically cover most of your fastener needs. A socket and ratchet set comes in handy when removing panels, car seats, or any mounts.
Tool 2: Cordless Impact Driver
The most important tool to have in your arsenal when going to a pick and pull lot is a cordless impact driver. An impact driver can be the difference between a quick part removal and a time-consuming one. Make sure that you have one with variable speeds and that comes with a rechargeable battery.
Paired with your socket set, you will be able to effectively and efficiently pull most car parts and minimize the amount of effort it would take to turn a wrench by hand. Some of the parts you can remove with a cordless impact driver include rims, engine mounts, and car doors.
Tool 3: Screwdrivers
When going to a salvage yard, you are going to need to bring a set of screwdrivers. Bring both a Phillips head screwdriver and a flathead.
In most cases, standard length screwdrivers will be enough to get the job done. However, if you are going to remove a part from deep within the engine, you will need a long screwdriver to get into those hard-to-reach places. Bring along a universal screwdriver base with multiple tips to ensure that you will always have the right screwdriver for the job.
Tool 4: Work Gloves
Most people often forget to bring work gloves with them when they go out to pull car parts. A salvage yard can be a dirty place, and the possibility of cutting yourself on a rusty surface is high. This can lead to infections or tetanus.
Use protection to prevent any cuts or to protect a wound you may already have. Additionally, work gloves can help you grip slick surfaces, such as those covered in oil or mechanical fluids, allowing you to grip them tightly with your hands.
Tool 5: Adjustable Wrench
An adjustable wrench is one of the handiest tools you can bring. When pulling parts that have easy access to the fastener, this wrench will come in handy, especially when you are removing a car battery or working on larger vehicles such as trucks and SUVs.
Having an adjustable wrench keeps you from looking around for the right size socket. You can adjust the wrench to the correct size, allowing you to remove your part with ease. Be sure to use a heavy-duty wrench, as a regular one can break when working on a car.
Bringing the right tools to a salvage yard will help reduce the amount of time spent pulling your part and help ensure you can remove the parts. Here at City Auto Wreckers, we have all of the parts you may be looking for. Visit us today to pull a replacement part for your vehicle.