Top 10 Tools: Donny Seyfer, Seyfer Automotive, Inc.

Shop: Seyfer Automotive, Inc. 

Owner: Donny Seyfer, Manager/ Co-owner

Location: Wheat Ridge, CO 

Don Seyfer started Seyfer Automotive, Inc. in 1961 to support what he fondly calls his "drag racing habit." He soon found that his passion for doing things the right way was something that his customers could relate to. 

Seyfer Automotive specialize in domestic, Asian, Volkwagen and Jaguar vehicles. "We also perform repairs and mechanical restoration on American cars, hot rods and muscle cars from the 1930s to early 1970s," says Seyfer. "Our specialties are diagnostic and electrical work, but we also perform complete maintenance and repair."

  1. Snap-On DHP1 Dodge Wheel Hub Removal Adapter. "This Dodge front hub pressing tool is quick and easy to use, with no slide hammer or damage to technician." A job that normally requires three hours of labor time utilizing a sledge hammer, slide hammer and torch can now be done in an hour or less. For more information:

  2. Gates Power Clean Flush Tool. Since we began using this as our cooling system flushing tool, we have been able to impress our customers with the amount of junk we get out of their system. It frequently saves Ford 6.0 diesel EGR and oil coolers too." This tool  “water hammers” accumulated sludge and scale deposits without the use of harsh chemicals or solvents. It cleans radiators, heat exchangers, hoses and engine blocks. For more information:

  3. JohnDow T.O.M.C.A.T. Air-Assisted Multiple Camber Adjustment Tool.  "We use the T.O.M.C.A.T. camber adjustment pillow for strut applications. This tool makes it much easier to adjust camber with the weight on the wheels." This camber adjustment tool works on many GM and Chrysler vehicles using two-bolt lower strut mounts. For more information:

  4. Hofmann Geoliner 670 XD.  "We love our new aligner. This alignment machine includes fast setup and an onboard scanner for specs." The 670 XD Imaging Wheel Alignment System has patented imaging technology, which provides accurate and real-time measurements. For more information:

  5. PBT 70910 3/8 ratchet drive transfer pump. "This tool really makes moving fluids into tight spaces under cars easier." The pump is capable of transferring most automotive fluids including transmission fluid, gears oils, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine oil and coolant. For more information, visit:

  6. DG Technologies VSI-2534 Vehicle Network Translator. "It is my Swiss army knife for J2534 programming. The VSI-2534 works well with Toyota Techstream Lite, and flashes GM, Honda and Subaru quickly." The VSI 2534 kit includes the translator device, software, and cabling required to manage diagnostics and ECU reprogramming. For more information:

  7. Pro-Cut PFM 9.2 DRO Rotor Matching System. "This tool has easy setup most of the time, and it gets it done in one pass." A patented PFM computer controls the flow of information from a sensor inside the lathe and instructs a solenoid to make fine adjustments until the lateral run out is at or below .001". For more information:

  8. Matco Tools WCE97203 Wireless Chassis Ear. These chassis ears are our go-to tool when there is a noise on either body or chassis. Just move the microphones around until you get on top of the noise." This unit is ideal for undercar chassis and suspension problem, and to diagnose the cause of underhood noises. For more information, visit:

  9. Mahle RTI RHS980H A/C Refrigerant Handling System. Seyfer says to use this product, "Set it on 'automatic' and walk away while it does its job. The leak detection on this unit is pretty good too." Seyfer has the previous Bosch ACS 620H unit. This product is now available under the Mahle brand, as unit RHS980H. For more information:

  10. Strategic Tools & Equipment Company AIOBD12 Diagnostic Device Apple iOS and Android vehicle interface. "We like this as a quick triage tool that interfaces with our smartphones."  This device plugs into the vehicle data link connector and communicates via Bluetooth with either a mobile phone or a tablet computer. The AIOBD12 works on both Apple iOS and Android devices. For more information: