5 Must-Have DIY Auto Maintenance Tools

Like to get your hands dirty in the garage? The following are 5 must-have DIY auto maintenance tools

Air Compressor – Ever drive to a gas station in order to fill your tires up only to find out that the pay compressor is broken? You’ll never have to experience that kind of heartbreak again if you add an air compressor to your garage arsenal.

Tire Ramps – If you are the kind of person that likes to do oil changes at home, tire ramps can make your job so much easier. Use them properly and they can be safer than just a jack.

Oil Filter Wrench – Another tool that is absolutely essential for DIY oil changes is the oil filter wrench. It’s the only tool you can really use to remove an oil filter; the only one that can fit up above the oil pan.

Drip Pans – If you plan to change your own oil, or replace a radiator hose, drip pans are a great help. While not a tool per se, they go a long way in helping to keep your garage clean and save you clean-up time.

Spark Plug Spanner – Removing spark plugs is tricky because you don’t want to damage them on the way out or the way in. This tool lets you do so safely.

Former Scion FR-S Continues As The Toyota 86

So, Toyota has released their plans to retire Scion. For serious fans, it may seem like nothing can offer consolation.

In times like these, when the whole world seems topsy turvy, it’s important to remember that the Scion spirit will live on in a number of different models. Toyota has plans to rebadge the FR-S coupe, iA sedan and iM hatchback Scion models as Toyota models.

The former Scion FR-S model will now be sold in the United States as it has been all around the rest of the world, as the Toyota 86. While no longer a Scion per se, the 2017 Toyota 86 will still bear those lovely features that made the rear-wheel drive sports car so popular in the first place. It will still have the boxer engine, and all of the advantages that come along with it. It will still have be stylish as ever and fun as all get-out to tune.

Almost as if a consolation to fans, the 2017 Toyota 86 will also show some exciting improvements. Toyota tells us that the former Scion 86 will feature a “larger center intake,” “re-configured LED front headlamps and turn signals,” and “revised shock tuning and a spring rate change.” Toyota plans to pull the curtain back on the 2017 Toyota 86 at the New York International Auto Show.