If you are a gearhead, you probably spend a lot of time at the salvage yard looking for auto parts. Although we have used auto parts in stock, you may be looking for a part that is not on our shelf.


If you decide to visit the junkyard for the part you are looking for, the tools below will come in handy when you need them. If you have these tools, you may not need to carry a heavy toolbox around with you from car to car.

Hand Protection

You’ll be reaching into old, worn-out vehicles to remove parts. Therefore, you may want to wear protective gloves. Get gloves that do not easily tear when you rub them against sharp metal or glass objects.


Also, make sure you bring some heavy duty hand cleaner. Your hands are likely to greasy. A good hand cleaner will clear all the gunk off of your hands and keep you from spreading it anywhere in your car.


You probably have several types of pliers in your toolbox. We recommend that you bring one of each type. This would include:


●        Needle-nose pliers

●        Side cutters

●        Channel locks

●        Standard pliers

●        Locking pliers


Different pliers give you the versatility you need to work in any situation.


You definitely need a complete set of ratcheting wrenches. Add to that a small assortment of adjustable wrenches. If you have full sets of each, you should be fine in most situations.

You may want to grab some larger wrenches if you are planning to pull a sizable auto part. This is especially true if you are looking for a part from a truck or larger SUV.


You can go one of two ways with screwdrivers. You can bring a complete set, which will cover almost any size screw. A better option, however, may be to bring a universal-screwdriver base and a handful of Phillips and flathead tips.


You may want to add a pry bar to your tool collection just in case you can’t remove a screw with a screwdriver.

Electrical Tools

Salvage yards rarely offer any type of electricity. You may need to bring your own powered tools. Some examples may be:


●        Power Tools: Take power tools such as an electric impact, screw gun, or reciprocating saw. If you bring a battery-powered device, make sure you charge the battery before you leave the house.

●        Engine Checking Tools: You will need a dual leak-down tester to check the condition of the rings and valves. A starter button will help you turn over the motor to see if it will start and if any vacuum being produced.

●        Battery Power: Battery power may allow you to start the engine and run any engine checks on site. You can also assess any electrical parts like power windows or power seats.


Your socket set may need to be the most complete set of tools you have. You need sockets of varying lengths and widths. You’ll also want to bring various sizes of extensions. We also recommend toting a wobble socket for difficult angles. You never know when you’ll need it.

Allen Wrenches

Allen wrenches come in handy when you least expect them. Bring Allen wrenches that are straight, bent, and assembled sets. If you get assembled sets, you are likely to have the right size and shape almost every time.

Used Auto Parts in St. Paul, Minnesota

If you are looking for auto parts for your vehicle, Ace Auto Parts has what you are looking for. Whether you search for parts on the smartphone app or come into the junkyard and dig around yourself, we are happy to help you find what you are looking for.


If you are searching for a used auto part, then contact us today. We can answer your questions. Call us at 651-717-4299, or you can message us on our contact page.