Can You Name the Auto Shop Tool From an Image and a Hint?

By: Robin Tyler
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5 min
Pliers The tool in this image can hold, cut and twist if necessary. What is it?
Pliers
Although you think you might never need pliers when working on an engine, you will be surprised the number of times you wish you had one if you didn't have one in your toolbox.
Heat gun
Laser thermometer
Cordless drill

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Flashlight Want to see a little clearer in the depths of the engine, then use this. What tool are we talking about?
Jack stand
Flashlight
A flashlight is crucial while working on the innards of a car, be it the engine, suspension or practically anywhere. And to keep your hands free, use a flashlight that straps to your head. Or employ an apprentice!
Scissors
13-inch socket

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Wrench You won't only have one of these in your auto shop, you will have plenty. What tool is pictured here?
Safety glasses
Drive socket
Wrench
No self-respecting workshop is going to attempt any engine work without a number of wrenches. Available in a number of sizes, these are the easiest way to tighten or loosen nuts. An adjustable wrench where you can set the size is also known as a monkey spanner.
Plastic tip hammer

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Ohm meter Any electrical work might need a piece of equipment like this. Can you name it, please?
Hacksaw
Wire brush
Braking adjustment tool
Ohm meter
Ohm meters are a necessity, especially for any auto electrical work that you might need to carry out. Ohm meters essentially measure electrical resistance.

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Tap and die set Can you name the tool shown here that can create screw threads?
Tap and die set
These special tools are necessary if you would like to create screw threads. This might be necessary when overhauling an engine.
Plug spanner
O2 sensor
Pipe wrench

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Valve checking spring kit In this image we have a tool that you will use when working with a certain part of the engine. What is it?
Fuel pressure tester
Monkey wrench
Valve checking spring kit
This tool is particularly useful when working on the valves of an engine. It helps to determine the right height for both the spring and the valve in their chambers. A micrometer is needed for exact measurements. As measurements will differ between cylinders, use the shortest measurement taken.
Spark plug

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Stud removal tool The tool pictured here helps remove broken fasteners that otherwise could prove troublesome. Please can you tell us what it is?
Oil filter wrench
Breaker bar
Female torx set
Stud removal tool
Sometimes studs can be damaged, making it impossible to remove the bolt off the thread or perhaps the bolt has broken off and the stud needs to be removed to insert a new one. Luckily, in times like this, a stud removal tool is just what you need to get the job done.

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Repair manual Technically not a tool but just as important when fixing a car, what is shown in this image?
Car creeper
Repair manual
When working on a make of vehicle, having the repair manual can help immensely. If your car dealer does not supply you with one for your vehicle, finding one online is easy.
Tape measure
Oil can

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Hammer Sometimes you just gotta knock some sense into your engine! What tool shown here is perfect for the job?
Electrical tape
Hammer
A hammer? To work on an engine? Yes, you never know when it might come in necessary. For example, a jammed starter motor might just need a gentle tap from a hammer to become unstuck.
Ramps
Car jack

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Socket set Used to tighten and loosen nuts, what tool is shown in this image?
Funnel
Socket set
A socket set serves much the same purpose as a wrench but here, you place the socket over the nut and use a socket wrench to tighten or loosen. The advantage here is that it can be used to work on hard-to-reach nuts thanks to extender bars.
Oil dripping pan
Pliers

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Allen keys Shown here is a tool to loosen and tighten a certain type of fastener. Can you name it?
Brake bleed and vacuum pump
Cylinder compression tester
Air ratchet
Allen keys
Allen keys come in an array of sizes and are made to fit small hexagonal-shaped head. Allen keys are sometimes called hex keys.

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Screwdrivers These fastening tools come with a range of different heads. What are they?
Spark plug gap tool
Needle nose pliers
Screwdrivers
A good screwdriver set is never out of place in a workshop and a necessity when working on an engine of any kind. Make sure you have a range of different kinds from regular, to Philips to Robertson just to name a few.
Mallet

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Pushrod length checking tool Pictured here is a specialized measurement tool. What is it?
Brake cleaner spray
LED headlamp
Circlip pliers
Pushrod length checking tool
When rebuilding an engine, having the correct length push rods is critical. This tool helps ensure that this happens. Best of all, they are relatively inexpensive.

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Valve lash tool Used for adjusting a certain part of your engine, can you name this tool?
Wire terminal crimper
Tire Inflator with gauge
Valve lash tool
Sometimes called a valve lash wrench, this is used when adjusting the valves on an engine. Sometimes this tool also comes with a built-in torque wrench.
Jump starter

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Cam bearing installation tool Used to install a certain engine part, what engine tool is this?
Cam bearing installation tool
This is not a tool that everyone will have in their workshop, but if you plan on rebuilding engines on a regular basis, it is a necessity. This adjustable tool holds and installs the different-sized cam bearings.
Metric flare nut wrench set
Torque Angle Gauge
Ball-pein hammer

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Oil filter wrench Can you name this automotive tool used for removing a certain type of filter in your car?
Feeler guage
Oil filter wrench
Many oil filters are turned into place by hand and then tightened using an oil filter wrench. These also help remove older filters that might have become stuck in place due to the heat of the engine over time.
WD40
Suction gun

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Torque wrench Used to loosen and tighten to a precise point, can you name this tool?
Torque wrench
This tool is similar to a regular wrench except in the fact that it applies a precise torque to the fastener or bolt you are tightening. This prevents over tightening. The torque wrench was invented in 1918 by Conrad Bahr.
Brake strip
Hose clamp pliers
Pry bars

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Valve height micrometer You would use this tool to measure the height of a certain part of your engine. Can you name it?
Heavy-duty wheel chocks
12-inch filter pliers
Multi-purpose funnel
Valve height micrometer
Used in conjunction with a valve checking spring kit, this micrometer helps determine the height of the valves in the engine.

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Pulley, hoist and lift Please can you tell us what auto shop equipment is shown in this image? It is the only way to lift a heavy engine.
Rolling tool chest
Pulley, hoist and lift
No self-respecting workshop will be without a pulley, hoist and lift. Engines are heavy and three tools make it possible to not only remove them but replace them back into the chassis with minimal fuss.
Ratchet
Pipe wrench

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Calipers Can you name the measuring tool pictured here?
Gasket scraper
Calipers
A caliper is used to measure the distance between from opposing sides of a particular object. They have any number of uses when working on a car engine.
Pry bar
Piston ring compressor

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Torx bit What is the name of this particular type of fastener
Flat head screw
Torx bit
Similar to an Allen key, a Torx bit will fit a specially shaped head on a range of bolts. They are easily identified by their six-point star shape.
Phillips screw
None of the above

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Computer code reader Pictured here is the the device that talks to the "brain" of modern vehicles. Can you name it?
Drive socket set
Metric allen wrench
Computer code reader
All modern cars have computers that run pretty much everything in the vehicle. When something goes wrong with this computer, having one of these gadgets can not only help identify the problem easier but can also fix it in many cases.
Vise grips

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Crankshaft Turning Socket What is the name of this part that tightens a certain part of the engine?
Hack saw
OBD2 scanner
Spark plug tester
Crankshaft turning socket
This is used for working on the crankshaft particularly and allows for the rotation of the crankshaft with the damper removed. It works with a normal ratchet.

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Creeper This makes moving around under the car so much easier. Can you name it?
Pressure washer
Engine degreaser
Oil filter pliers
Creeper
No, it's not something you need for Halloween, but a simple flat board with wheels. Lie on this and you can scoot anywhere you need to while checking under a vehicle. This is particularly useful if you do not have a vehicle lift.

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Auto stethoscope A tool for listening to the car engine. Any idea which of the options below best describes it?
Wire terminal crimper
Auto stethoscope
Is there an auto doctor in the house? These stethoscopes included a long point probe, perfect for placing at points throughout the engine to listen for problematic sounds.
Adjustable wrench
Microfiber towel

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Floor jack Can you name the auto tool shown here that helps lift a vehicle on one side?
Floor jack
A hydraulic floor jack is the perfect way to quickly raise a car from one side. It is a far better option than a manual jack and gets the job done in seconds. It does cost a little more, however!
Multimeter
Breaker Bar
Hex wrench set

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Nut splitter This loosens stubborn fasteners. What is it?
Fuel pressure tester
Curved pliers
Nut splitter
A nut splitter is a great way to loosen nuts, screws or bolts that have become tricky to turn or loosen. It the nut still won't loosen, the splitter can be tightened until the nut breaks in half. Then you simply need to replace it.
Saw

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Flexible sockets Due to its ability to move in any direction, this tool helps you easily turn hard-to-reach fasteners. What is it called?
Flexible sockets
Flexible sockets allow you to get into hard-to-reach places, attach a socket to a nut or bolt and remove it with ease. Couple it with an extender and you will have no problem loosening anything.
Jump starter
Fuses
Pry bar

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Zip Ties A plastic fastener, this is very useful to have around an auto workshop. What is it?
Allen fastener
Phillips screw
Zip ties
Zip ties are a great way to keep pipes, wires and leads together. For example, keep the high tension leads between the spark plugs and distributor cap neat and tidy by using zip ties to bind them together.
Torx bit

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Socket extension The tool pictured here allows you to loosen nuts deep in the engine. What is it?
Multi-tool
Socket extension
A socket extension allows you to reach in difficult areas within the engine to loosen bolts or nuts. This makes it far easier to loosen these fasteners than having to struggle with a normal socket tool.
5-inch pliers
Pocket torch

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Circuit tester Can you name this meter that helps to see if an electrical circuit within the car is actually working?
Gloves
Gauge coil mechanics wire
Lubricant
Circuit tester
Not sure if a particular circuit is working within the electrical system of your car? A circuit test will tell whether it is or not .

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Car lift You would find this in a proper auto shop, as it is a very expensive piece of equipment. What is it?
Wire stripper-crimper
Brake caliper compressor
Car lift
Car lifts help raise the car off the ground and allow mechanics to check underneath the engine with ease. They make life so much easier than sliding around on your back or on a creeper under the car.
3/8" drive spark plug sockets-

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Electric impact wrench Can you name this car part? It is also known as an air gun.
Metric flare nut wrench
¼ drive socket set metric
Electric impact wrench
Also known as an air gun, this uses compressed air to spin and is the quickest way to attach or remove nuts. If you have one, you too can change tires as fast as they do in IndyCar racing.
Allen Wrench set

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Vise What is the name of this piece of equipment that is used to hold things?
Vise
Every good workshop needs a vise. You never know when you need to grip something tightly to be able to work on it without worrying that it might come loose and fall to the ground.
Molding removal tool set
Jumper wires
Slip joint pliers

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Drip pan This simple tray helps keep your workshop clean. What is it?
Drip pan
Drip pans help keep the floor of your workshop clean. Engines are filled with various fluids and when taking them apart, these will drip onto the floor. A drip pan helps you to keep control of the mess.
Scratch awl
Rubber mallet
Channel lock pliers

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Part washing containers Here you can keep your engine parts clean. What is it?
Vacuum pump
Tire gauge
Part washing containers
Engine parts, particularly on old engine rebuilds need to be cleaned. The best way to do this is by simply soaking them and then cleaning them in a part washing container.
Battery terminal puller

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Jumper pack_Charger combo Car battery flat? No problem with this handy combo. Can you name it, please?
Jumper pack/Charger combo
Struggling with a flat battery? A jumper pack will get it started first time and the charger will ensure that you get a charge back into it so you won't need to jump it again.
Circuit powered test light
Brake spring tool
Hose

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Engine stand This can hold a weight. What is it?
Steel tape
Engine stand
Engines are heavy. When removed from a vehicle, they need somewhere to stand without the chance of falling and getting damaged. An engine stand will do the job perfectly.
Antifreeze tester
Hose clamp pliers

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Cleaning brush A dirty engine needs to be cleaned. This can help to remove grime from it. What is it?
Cleaning brush
A good set of cleaning brushes can be used throughout your workshop on a number of different things, including keeping an engine shiny clean.
Tire air chuck with aero fittings
Valve core removing tool
Snap ring pliers

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Crankshaft Socket This fastening tool is used on a particular part of the engine. Can you identify it?
Digital caliper
Impact sockets
Air ratchet
Crankshaft socket
While working on an engine, the crankshaft will need to be tuned and adjusted many times. This socket does the job for you without any fear of damaging the crankshaft itself. This is all done when the harmonic balancer, or dampener, is removed.

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