Favorite Tools of the Country’s Top Technicians – UnderhoodService

Favorite Tools of the Country’s Top Technicians


David E. Link, owner
Quality Racing
Toledo, OH

ALLDATA – I’ve tried the others, but nothing out there is as comprehensive – especially for auto-electrical.
Blue-Point Rechargeable UV Leak Detector Light and Dye Injector – A definite must-have for A/C work.
Blue-Point EEDM504B Multimeter – I don’t know how I went so long without multi/auto ranging.
OEM brand Test Light – It’s so important I have two at work and two at home.
Mac Tools Borescope – This is a great time-saver for piston inspection and awesome for finding those dropped sockets stuck in the engine compartment.


Adrian "Moose" DeRosa, assistant manager
Avondale Auto Service
Powhatan, VA

Metwrench – It’s great for odd sizes and/or stripped or rounded bolts.
Evercraft Stubby Wrench Set – Great for small confined spaces.
Lisle Pocket Clip Magnet – This is invaluable for retrieving tools, bolts, etc.
Craftsman Magnetic Inserts – These are ideal for holding nuts and bolts upside down for exhaust work.
Craftsman 6-Point Box End Wrenches – Excellent for a sure grip in odd-angle, hard-to-reach bolts or nuts.



Allan Kane, owner
Complete Auto Connection
Byram, MS

Makita Flashlight – Helps me see in dark places.
Makita Cordless Impact – No cord, no air hose.
Power Probe I-II – Cuts troubleshooting time in half.
Robinair A/C Recovery System – This makes A/C repairs a breeze.
Raytek Thermometer – Perfect for diagnosing defective catalytic converters and wheel bearings.



Barry Cairl, president
B&E Motors Inc.
Hunlock Creek, PA

Snap-on MT2500 Scanner
SºK Hand Tools 1/4" Drive Socket Set
ShopKey – Great for specs and information
Test light – Fast testing
Snap-on MODIS – Bidirectional uses



Rick Evans, owner
Rick’s Auto Repair Shop
Barboursville, WV

My top five tools are:
Snap-on MODIS
Snap-on Smoke Machine
Snap-on Fuel Kare
UView cordless Freedom Light
TIF ZX-1 Refrigerant Leak Detector



Edwin Alfaro, foreman
Downtown Auto Center
Oakland, CA

Here are my top favorite tools:
My laptop because I have the service manuals, keep data, allows me to connect to the Internet, view snap shot…
Scanner – I can look at a lot of data, pull codes, active test, mode 6, verified repair.
Five Gas Analyzer – It helps me to see what’s going on inside the combustion chamber and catalytic converter. (Master Tech, Tech Two, Snap-on)
Fluke 98 Lab Scope – I can find intermittent problems, and I can view a picture instead of looking at a number.
Current Amp Probe – I can quickly see the current, and if it is viewed on a lab scope, you can see the signatures.


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