Socket Set

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Frequently Asked Questions...

I need help buying sockets for my car?

I have a 2004 Corolla. I am buying a socket set. Whatr is the difference between 6 and 12 point sockets? Which are better and why?

Best Answer...


6 point is the only way to go, they provide a much better grip on the nut than a 12 point will. "Flank Drive" or "Super Grip" sockets are the best.

For the average DIY who will do basic repairs on their own vehicle Craftsman "professional series" or "S-K" brand tools are about the best value for the money. Champion tools are pretty good also.
Avoid China tools and Korea tools, Japan tools vary in quality.
Snap On, MAC and MATCO tools are the best out there but they carry true professional grade prices too and are only available from the traveling distributors in most areas. I prefer Snap On personally, despite the high price, because they feel the best in my hands, but that is actually important only when using them 8 hours a day 6 days a week, not really a factor for the home and shade tree mechanic. I have also broken far fewer Snap On tools than I have any other brand.

You will want the basic 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" metric sets in short and deep styles, along with a ratchet in each drive size, a few extensions of various lengths in each drive size, and a 1/2" X 24" Breaker Bar to deal with the real tight ones.

Have fun wrenching!