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3 Tools Car Enthusiasts Must Have for Home Auto Repair

3 Tools Car Enthusiasts Must Have for Home Auto Repair

Well, there are do-it-yourself fixes that work on pretty much all types of tasks, and car repair is no exception. You could also be a car enthusiast who may not really be looking to save on repair expenses, but you just find it a lot of fun to handle all their car stuff yourself.

Regardless of what type you are, you will need several essential tools if you want to work on your car. So without further ado, let’s take a look at 3 essential tools that you will need if you’re a true car enthusiast or want to handle car repairs yourself.

1. Air Compressor

I know some might find this tool recommendation a little weird, given that it’s believed to be more suited for a car workshop. But there’s more to it than you may think.

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While it’s certainly a cornerstone of a car workshop, it can also come in handy for dealing with car repairs that may otherwise set you back a few hundred dollars. If you’re a true car enthusiast, you’ll want to handle all your car’s needs yourself, be it repairs or customization. That being said, an air compressor will always turn out to be your go-to tool when it comes to getting the brute force you need for operating air tools and other heavy-duty tools.

Not to mention, it can easily handle a wide range of menial tasks, too, ranging from blowing up a tire to cleaning old parts.

2. Engine Hoist

I’m sure this one will come off as a surprise too – perhaps a bigger one than the air compressor. Look at it this way.

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If you’re fairly certain that you will be doing all your auto repairs yourself, in your own garage, then an engine hoist is a no-brainer. It can be a struggle to move around heavy car parts, often impossible to do all by yourself. And this is exactly where an engine hoist can turn out to be your wisest purchase.

All you need to do is get familiar with the instructions and operations of the hoist. Once you’re ready to start using the hoist, it will be a breeze to move things around, regardless of how heavy they are.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all hoists will be capable of handling all heavy objects. They come with a weight limit, so make sure you don’t overload it – this can be very dangerous.

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Another thing you need to know is that there are different types of hoists out there, so shop around before purchasing. For many car enthusiasts or home mechanics, an engine hoist may be turn out to be the best garage feature as it can handle pretty much all types of tasks that involve lifting heavy objects.

3. Air Tools

Apparently, many think that air tools are more of a luxury than an essential. That’s usually only the case until they come across a task that’s a struggle to work on without these important tools.

This is especially true when it comes to suspension components. They usually require significantly more force to work with, which your usual electric tools will fail to offer. Even if you somehow try to power through with regular tools, you will end up exhausted because it will take a lot of muscle power to remove or replace them.

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There is actually a really wide range of air tools out there designed for different types of auto repair tasks. However, the one difference that will be clearly noticeable is that they will be considerably lighter, compact, and significantly more powerful than their electric counterparts.

Once you get used to air tools, you will probably hate yourself for living without them for so long.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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