Are you Savage, or a Gentleman?
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Heads up from MING’s newly created automotive department. There isn’t much I would consider more manly than being able to turn wrenches on your own vehicle. Even better, keeping those hard-earned greenbacks in your wallet to do more important things like buying guns or fishing gear is a great bonus. It can even score you some of those coveted brownie points with your wife or lady friend and let’s all face it, who doesn’t need more of those?

So what automotive repair work you talking about?

I’m not talking about overhauling engines and rebuilding transmissions here; those days are long behind me. We’re going to focus on the automotive repair work any American Joe ought to be able to tackle in his driveway over the course of a Saturday with the help of a buddy or two depending on the job at hand. I’ve been spinning wrenches as long as I can remember, but that doesn’t make me the automotive genius. The automotive world breaks down pretty easy here at MING. Oil change? No problem. Grinding brakes? We’ll fix that. Didn’t know you’re supposed to service your transmission? Got it covered!

Having what it takes

First, we have to be able to complete the job we’re setting our eyes on and for that, we need tools. Just a basic set will get most of your jobs complete. There are a few higher end jobs that may require a specialty tool. Fear not though, most box stores rent these specialty items. Basic stuff you should have are items such as ratchets, sockets, extensions, wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers. Maybe a few other items such as a small pry bar. Stick to metric-sized sockets and wrenches as all cars made in present-day use metric bolts.

drawer full of socket wrenches for automotive use
Various sockets will be needed when working. There’re several types out there. Deep & Shallow are the most common. Suggested sizes 8mm-19mm
Picture of box end wrenches for automotive use
Open/box-end wrenches are one of the most common tools used in automotive repair. No tool set is complete without them! Suggested sizes 8mm-19mm
Picture of several sets of red-handled pliers for automotive use
Pliers vary in type and size and can have many uses. From top to bottom: Channel Locks, Lineman’s pliers, Needle-nosed pliers (Straight & Angled), Side-cutting pliers. Recommended sizes vary – not tiny, but not huge.
Picture of three screwdrivers for automotive use
Screwdrivers are another very common tool we use. They are even available with smaller sized sockets on them (nut drivers). Always have a good set of screwdrivers on hand, spring a little money for a name brand here, your knuckles will thank you. Recommended sizes – Vary, but make sure you at least have a #1 & #2 Phillips head and a 1/4-inch slotted screwdriver. They will also come in various lengths.















I hope to bring you more about the automotive world soon! This is my first article for MING and, over the following months, I will introduce a topic in the automotive field. The possibilities here are endless, and with the most basic of tools paired with a little bit of knowledge, you can accomplish far more than you thought imaginable when it comes to your ride.




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