Whether you need several options for tackling numerous tasks or you just need a single set, there is just the tool to fit the bill. Brands such as KNIPEX, Snap-on, Lisle, Mac Tools, and Matco Tools come in a variety of sizes, for everyone from auto repair shops to home car enthusiasts. No matter the size of the job, a diverse selection of automotive pliers can help you accomplish your goals.What types of automotive pliers are available?
There are several types, including locking, needle nose, slip joint, and snap ring pliers, available. You can purchase these as individual items or in sets.
- Clamp and hose clamp: These help with accessing flat-type host braces in areas that are difficult to reach. They have a locking mechanism designed to hold braces in open positions and make the installation and removal of braces easier.
- Locking: These can be conveniently locked into position. On one side of the handle, there's a bolt used to adjust the width of the jaws. On the other side of the handle, there's a lever to force the two sides of the handles away from each other or to unlock.
- Needle nose: These both hold and cut and are often used by jewelry makers, artisans, electricians, engineers, and other tradesmen to bend, manipulate, and cut wire.
- Slip joint: These have a slot in one jaw through which the other jaw moves, allowing an adjustable span.
- Snap ring: These are meant to install and remove snap rings, which are common in car engine parts and motorcycle and bicycle forks and shocks.
Cleaning your tools after every use and before putting them back in your toolbox is a great habit to develop. Cleaning your pliers with an old towel or cleaning rag keeps them free of grease, dust, and debris. Check your tools for any breaks, cracks, signs of rust, or any damage. Be sure to replace any broken tools. Also, always use the tools as they are meant to be used.How do you store pliers properly?
Many users store their tools on magnetic storage panels, in power toolboxes, storage racks, work centers, workbenches, or in tool totes. The noses of the pliers should be in easy view so that the right set can be selected quickly and easily. Storing your tools properly will make them easier to find. Proper storage also minimizes the chance that your tools will be damaged.