If you have to work on the car engine at night, or inspect under the car in daylight, an inspection lamp can be invaluable. Most can be run off the mains or the car battery, and take bulbs up to 100 watts. The bulb is protected by a wire guard. Lamps usually have a clamp for fitting to the bodywork so that your hands are free.

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Checking suspension joints and pivots

Almost all joints and pivots in a modern suspension system have rubber or plastic bushes, with t...

Checking for oil leaks

The pulley wheel will spray oil from a leaking timing-cover seal. If an engine needs topping up ...

Checking and replacing the starter motor

Testing for short circuits Use a test lamp fitted with crocodile clips to make these tests. You ...