Practical Mechanic

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Welcome to my resources page! This page links to handy quick reference lists, maintenance checklists, and the most common items I purchase online. Hope you find it helpful!

Quick Reference Guides

15 Steps to Jump Start a Car (pdf)


Vehicle Maintenance Checklist (pdf)

Tools and Supplies

I buy quite a bit of maintenance equipment and supplies off of Amazon

. Nothing like ordering a tool or part on your lunch break, and having it delivered to your front door a couple days later while you are at work.

The following links are tools that I’ve either purchased or would like to purchase, and lists of supplies I use on these vehicles. This is a good reference list to come back to: my “Repository of Links” to my commonly purchased supplies. I’ll keep adding to this page as I come across additional helpful links.

Okay, here is the list!

Windshield Wiper Blades Selection Tool

Windshield Wiper Blades – Selection Tool on Amazon

Oil Filter Selection Tool

Amazon Oil Filter Selection Tool

Engine Air Filter Selection Tool

Amazon Engine Air Filter Selection Tool

Cabin Air Filter Selection Tool

Amazon Cabin Air Filter Selection Tool

Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench, 1/2 Inch

Metric Socket Set ½” drive

SAE Socket Set ½” drive

Bearing Pusher-Puller Tool

Slide Hammer Hub Puller Set

Axle Nut 30mm

Axle Nut Socket 30mm


Toyota Brake Pads

Toyota Brake Rotors – Raybestos 96934R Professional Grade Disc Brake Rotor

Toyota Brake Caliper Bracket

Toyota Caliper Pins

Toyota Caliper Pin Boots

Wire Brush

Genuine Honda Fluid 08206-9002 Power Steering Fluid – 12 oz.

Toyota Genuine Fluid 00718ATF00 Dexron III Transmission Fluid – 1 Quart

Honda Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) DW-1

Permatex 80078 Anti-Seize Lubricant with Brush Top Bottle, 8 oz.

Torque Wrench – 1/2 inch Drive – TEKTON 24335 (10-150 ft.-lb./13.6-203.5 Nm)

Brake Cleaner

CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner

Sway Bars

Sway Bars (Set of 2)


Pair of Strut Assemblies (Left and Right)

Denso o2 Sensor from Amazon for Toyota Corolla

Jack Stands

Jack-Stands – Torin Big Red Steel Jack Stands: 2 Ton Capacity, 1 Pair

Brake Shoes (Rear) Toyota

Rear Brake Shoe Set with Hardware Part# 14801B

Brake Drums (Corolla)

Rear Floating Brake Drum Part# BD80092

Hardware Kit for Drum Brakes (Corolla)

Hardware Kit – Drum Brake – Raybestos Part# H17378

Rear Bearing Hub Assembly Attachment Bolts

Pack of 4 Hub Attachment Bolts

Rear Bearing Hub Assembly (Corolla)

UV Dye for AC Leak Detection

UV Dye

UV Flashlight and Glasses

UV Flashlight and Glasses

Ratcheting Wrench Set (20 Piece)

10 mm wrench (I like this set of ratcheting wrenches, but any 10 mm wrench will do)

Manifold Gauge Set

manifold pressure gauge set

Vacuum Pump for Vacuuming our your AC System

Vacuum Pump




See at Amazon – Leatherman – Wingman MultiTool

Air Compressor

Ear Mufflers

Socket Set General 3/8” drive

Buy on Amazon – Socket Set

Socket Set – Metric

Stanley 1/2″ Drive Metric Socket Set

SAE Socket Set

Stanley 1/2″ Drive SAE Socket Set

Socket Wrench

Stanley 1/2″ Socket Wrench

Tool Bag

Buy on Amazon – Stanley Tool Bag – 12″

Ratcheting Wrench Set

Socket Set

Socket Set

Set of Screwdrivers

Buy on Amazon – Set of Screwdrivers

Hydraulic Floor Jack

Buy on Amazon – Hydraulic Floor Jack

Front Wheel Bearing – Corolla – Timken 510070 Wheel Bearing

Bearing Retention Clip

Bearing Retaining Clip

Motor Oil 5W-30

Motor Oil 5 qts (5W-30)

Oil Filter Toyota Corolla 4967

Oil Filter Honda Accord 7317

Oil Funnel

Oil Filter Removal Tool

Oil Filter removal tool

ATF Crush Washer – Honda Accord

Long ATF type Funnel

Drain Pan

Engine Air filter Corolla

Engine Air Filter for 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla

Engine Air Filter Honda Accord

Rain-X 24” Wiper Blade

Rain-X 18” Wiper Blade

Cabin Air Filter Toyota Corolla
Cabin Air Filter Part# CF006P or Toyota Premium Cabin Air Filter (CF10133)

Jumper Cables

Jumper Cables <– Best Selling Jumper Cables on Amazon

Portable Car Jump Starter Battery Pack

Maintenance Articles on 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla
For more information on 9th generation 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla maintenance, check out these articles:

Maintenance Articles on 2003-2008 Toyota Corollas

Maintenance Articles on 2002-2007 Honda Accord
For more information on 7th generation (2002-2007) Honda Accord maintenance, check out these articles:
Maintenance Articles on 2002-2007 Honda Accords