Car Electricial Tools


April 12, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 27, 2015

OK this is quite a basic list of car electricial tools.

Older classic cars are generally straight forward, newer cars can be a nightmare. I tend to leave the more complicated and even not so complicated stuff to an auto electrician.

However we have listed a few useful tools below.


Battery Charger
Battery Charger
Many batteries nowadays are supposedly maintenance free and some are even sealed units. But having a battery charger is always a handy thing to have lying around, especially if you have a car that only gets used now and again.

Hydrometer
Hydrometer
For checking your battery strength on unsealed units.

Jump Leads
Jump Leads
It’s always a neighbour or work colleague isn’t it!, Just have one about, saved me pushing a car on many occasions!

Feeler Gauges
Feeler Gauge
Gap those spark plugs correctly.

Extension Lead
Extension Lead
Well, how else are you going to plug your tools into a power supply outside or too far ways from a power source?

Wire Crimper
Wire Crimper
For crimping, splicing and cutting wires.

Multimetre/Autoranger
Multimetre Autoranger
A multimetre can measure voltage, current and resistance, get one that measures at least 20 amps.
The Autoranger is a multifunction electrical test meter, which has a tachometer, dwell meter, hi-lo voltage, current and resistance reader.

Tachostrobe
Tachostrobe
Used for checking the engines ignition timing. Older cars didn’t have the advantage of electronics to help them maintain good engine management, nowadays the engines management system can retard or advance the ignition timing as required.