Tools for ser­vic­ing your car

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Ex­pert span­ner swinger MUNSOOR KRIEL ( aka ser­vice man­ager at Im­pe­rial Ford Cape Town) doesn’t rec­om­mend you ser­vice your new car at home, but if you’re out of war­ranty, then this is the kit he would use. Add in a set of pliers and screw­drivers for good mea­sure. A/ BAT­TERY CHARGER // R2 725 The Noco GB40 jump-starter pack can get cars up to 6.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel go­ing. Keep it charged and it’ll be your best friend (or at least give you the op­tion of giv­ing your bat­tery a jump in re­ally con­fined spa­ces). just­ B/ SHIFT­ING SPAN­NER Near-in­fi­nite flex­i­bil­ity. Just re­mem­ber to al­ways turn to­wards the mov­able jaw; that puts the least strain on it. Get a 200 mm span­ner to start with, be­cause it cov­ers the full 18–22 range. C/ CHROME VANA­DIUM SPAN­NERS 18–22 Vana­dium is a grey me­tal used as an al­loy to greatly in­crease the strength of steel. The more ex­pen­sive the span­ner, the more vana­dium was used (typ­i­cally about 0.15– 0.25 per cent for hard-car­bon tools). D/ MUL­TI­ME­TER Friends don’t let friends use test­ing lights that can dam­age newer car elec­tron­ics. Use a mul­ti­me­ter, like a grown-up. E/ TWO-TON HY­DRAULIC JACK Scis­sor jacks are for lift­ing a sin­gle wheel to change a tyre. At home, you should be able to lift an en­tire side of a car safely and quickly. Use tres­tles or stands to rest the weight on; never ex­pect a jack to hold up a car. F/ 3/ 8 DRIVE SOCKET SET // R1 320 The value of this Fix­man 24-piece set comes in the two spark-plug­socket sizes in the kit. Bring your own tool­box, though, be­cause there’s no fancy case in­cluded in the pack­age. ver­

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