What's Your Car's Favorite Tool?

You wish your garage was this tidy! (Photo Credit: Les Chatfield/Flickr)

Somehow every project vehicle I’ve gotten acquainted with has had one sacred tool I always need. I think my Integra could have been completely disassembled with a 10 millimeter socket. In my Scout, everything comes apart with a Phillips-head screwdriver. What tool does the most to keep your car alive?

The Scout is sort of a special case because it’s been so sloppily maintained and modified by previous owners it’s hard to know where the factory-work ends and the redneck improvisation begins. Though I suppose that’s a bit redundant, considering how primitive this truck’s original assembly was anyway.


If I’m heading out of my house to work on my truck and I only have one hand to hold tools (since the other is usually loaded with an aluminum can) I’ll grab a pair of vice grips, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, needle-nose pliers, a 5/8ths and a 1/2 inch wrench. And zip-ties. You always need zip ties. But I never get more than a few steps into any project without needing to unscrew something.

I assume this is your car’s favorite tool if it’s a Ferrari, amirite? (Photo Credit: Jalopnik/YouTube)

What’s the “master key” to working on your car?

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Andrew P. Collins

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL