This chapter contains information on the workshop hardware, which you will use to perform repairs and modifications. The game provides a short description of each tool the first time you use it, but if you will ever want to check that information again or learn more about the given tool, you can look for info in this chapter.
- Hydraulic ramp
- Oil Drain
- Wheel balancer / tire changer
- Spring puller
- Main entrance / Map
- Test track
- Test Path
- Parts warehouse
- Engine Crane
- Engine Stand
- Battery Charger
- Interior Detailing Toolkit
- Painting Shop
You can find computers in many places in the workshop. They only thing they're used for, however, is buying stuff off the internet. Later in the game it loses value because you can buy a tablet with experience points, which can be summoned up by pressing "T".
The radio on your desk allows you to switch radio stations to different genres of music. You can make your own playlist as well.
Along with progression in the game, you get experience. Here you can use it for new upgrades of the workshop or your character. There are many toolboxes such as this one all around the place - they all work the same.
You can use it to raise the car and gain access to the chassis and the bottom of the engine. Use the panel next to the machine to lift the car. To raise it above your own height, use the panel twice.
It's used to magazine oil drained from the engine. Spilling the oil (by dismantling the oil sump before draining the oil) means a penalty of 100$ for cleaning. To drain the oil, place the car high on the ramp, and from the drain menu chose where you want to place it. After bringing up the menu again, click Use.
Wheel balancer / tire changer
You can put a tire on a rim or take it off here, as well as balance the wheel. Every wheel has to be balanced before being mounted on a car. If a wheel isn't balanced are marked with an icon visible in the bottom right corner. In order to repair a rim, you have to take the tire off. Remember that the dimensions of tires and rims have to correspond.
If you want to get about repairing the suspension strut, you have to use the spring puller. There are three elements of a strut: dampener or absorber, spring and the cap. Sometimes only one of these parts has to be replaced - disassemble the strut and reassemble with new parts.
Main entrance / Map
Use the gate to get out of the workshop and go for a test drive, to the junkyard or to a showroom. To be able to enter a racetrack or a test drive, you need to have a working car.
Just as the Test Path, the track allows you to examine the condition of the suspension, the breaking mechanism and the steering mechanism. It takes some time, but it allows you to take a ride in your car and is often required as the final stage of renovation.
Unlocked with first garage upgrade. If you want to learn what's exactly wrong with the suspension or breaking mechanism, use the test path. Inspecting the car on a test path doesn't stress the same parts as a test drive - to be really certain, try them both. The entrance to the path is next to the workbench. To bring a car here chose the test path as a destination when moving from the context menu (same as for the hydraulic ramp).
Unlocked with first garage upgrade. This beauty is used to repair certain parts of the car, which can save a lot of money. Develop your repair skills in order to be able to repair more parts with increased efficiency and lower chances of failure. Repairing parts is much more economically viable than buying new ones. The last tier of repair skills allows you to repair the body.
Garage level 2 required. It's for your own cars and for those which you don't have enough room in the garage. To get to the parking, use the blue door next to the tire changer.
Garage level 2 required. The dismantled parts don't necessarily have to go to junkyard. When you get some experience, you will be able to repair and mount some of them in your cars, instead of buying new parts. You can also buy here elements that you've acquired accidentally - you never know what'll come in handy.
Garage level 3 required. This thing allows you to remove or insert an engine into a car. When you take an engine out, you can mount it on the engine stand. To do that, place the crane near the chosen car, and choose "Pull out" from the context menu. In some cars - not all - you will have to remove the gearbox first. If the gearbox is small enough it won't have to be removed, which will also let you leave the drive axels in their place. After removing it, the engine as a whole is moved to your inventory. You can sell it, use it in another car, or transfer to the Engine Stand.
Garage level 3 required. In order to do some more advanced repairs on the engine, you will need an engine stand. After placing the engine on it, you can easily rotate the engine. After taking it off, the engine will be moved to your inventory. Repairing an engine on the stand is much more convenient: you don't have to lift the car all the time and the access to the whole engine is very easy. After removing an engine from a car, the car can be moved to the parking lot to save space.
Garage level 3 required. You can use it to charge car batteries. Any car battery that you find in the game can be charged here, making it 100% efficient, so you should collect the batteries from junkyards and barns.
Interior Detailing Toolkit
Garage level 3 required. For 100$ you can significantly increase the value of a car. Place the toolkit next to a car and use it to raise the visual rating of a car by a couple percent.
Garage level 3 required. You can repair the car's body for 1000$. However, you can only work with the chassis - not elements such as doors or hoods. If you're restoring a car, welding is totally optional.
Garage level 3 required. The white doors lead to the painting shop, where you can repaint a car. Using the paint shop is required in a few story missions. A paintjob costs 1000$.