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.
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.
For checking your battery strength on unsealed units.
It’s always a neighbour or work colleague isn’t it!, Just have one about, saved me pushing a car on many occasions!
Gap those spark plugs correctly.
Well, how else are you going to plug your tools into a power supply outside or too far ways from a power source?
For crimping, splicing and cutting wires.
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.
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.