Had a minor moment at work today; co-worker's Explorer needed a new battery. No biggie, she got one, i assured her I could install it, but I only had a screwdriver set and a Leatherman in my car; no sockets or wrench to get the terminals off. I ran to my inlaws' ~10 minutes away and borrowed some tools, but I'd like to get a couple more tools to have in case of "emergencies" like today's. Socket set, maybe some wrenches, etc.
Right now I have these:
I'd like a socket kit and maybe some adjustable or box wrenches that are in the style of the screwdriver set above; something compact and portable for minor roadside fixes. Anyone got some good solutions for this stuff?
PS, this doesn't need to be a "let me show you my gun/radar detector/cell phone charger/condoms that I keep in my glovebox" thread, just interested in tools.
S2000 • TSX
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I have a full tool box with gobs of wrenches sockets and screwdrivers in it a digital multimeter a jack and 2 of my 4 stands a torque bar and various chemicals (pb carb cleaner and simple green) as per the usual but u currently also have my impact gun and sockets a manifold AC gauge set and R-134a
And yeah, guys, the AAA cards are cute, and I've got one too, but I'd like some stuff to fix minor things, such as install the aforementioned battery. I don't need to fix a rod through the block on the side of the road, but it would be advantageous to have a small tool kit for minor repairs, ya know?
S2000 • TSX
I often carry this on long trips in my old cars and carry everything but the floor jack in my daily driver. A 100-piece Craftsman socket set and floor jack. The bag is my "Magic Bag of Tricks". I spent many years being a service electrician. The bag contains all the basic hand tools and a meter. It also contains every single part I ever seem to need. It weighs a lot.
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I drive a volkswagen. Therefore I carry a 100piece ratchet set, my jack, 2 stands, battery tender, jumper cables, extension cord, and 4 coil packs with me at all times. For long trips I will add a 4.4l jug of oil, a filter, a bottle of distilled water and a bottle of G12+.
I always carry a ratcheting wrench with 8,9,10,11,12,13,14 sockets with two extensions a small 4 in 1 screw driver as well as a leatherman.
Oh yea, zipties...lots of zipties :p
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i actually have progressive's roadside coverage though. $7/6 months per covered car. yes Seven dollars for 6 months.
i think my GTI has roadside through the dealer i bought it at as well.
other then that... my cars only have what tools came with them from the factory. so a spare, a jack and a lugwrench... and maybe a sunroof wrench in case you have to manually close it.
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I need to follow this... "Not everything you eat has to, or should, taste really f*cking awesome. Sometimes you need to eat 'boring' food to stay healthy.
ProTip: Until ~April 25th Advance Auto has a sale on their ~45 piece ToolWorks ratchet set. $9.99 They're not the best tools out there, but they're more than adequate enough to keep in a car for emergencies.
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The Equinox I just carry a basic 30 piece socket set in a plastic blown case, tool roll with pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches and a hammer. Just enough to get through basic tasks.
I've got pretty much the same kit in the Camaro.
The F150 however has a pretty good selection of tools as its my parts chaser, tow vehicle and what i'll take when going over the friends and families places to work on stuff. Plus when i go camping there's always something that needs to be assembled or fixed it seems.
Tool bag with:
-SAE and Metric wrenches
-Full set of screwdrivers / Torx drivers
-Full assortment of pliers, slip jaws and adjustable wrenches
-Box cutter w/ extra blades
-Center punches and chisels
-Ball peen hammer / 8lb mini sledge
-Wire stripper / crimper tool
-prybars (12" and 18")
-Safety glasses and mechanix wear gloves along with latex gloves
-Allen key sets (SAE + Metric)
200+ piece Mastercraft socket set in blown plastic case (+addition missing sizes in the tool bag)
Tool box with:
-Drill bit index + hole saw kit
-SAE + Metric Impact sockets (deep + shallow)
-Tube of grease
-White caulking (mostly for the RV)
-High temp silicone gasket maker
-extension cord (25')
-Electrical terminal and connector kit with assorted fuses
-10,12 and 14Ga wire spools
-Assorted hardware (screws, nuts/bolts, cotter pins, tie wraps, etc..)
-2/3 jaw convertable puller
-Wood saw (18") and hack saw w/spare blades
-12v Compressor (small one)
3 Ton jack + 1 jackstand ( i keep another spare in the RV)
Tow strap + axle strap
assorted ratcheting straps + Bungy cords.
there's not a whole lot i can't fix with what's here, if i'm camping and something breaks i can handle it, it i'm missing a tool i'll buy it and lot it in with the exsiting kit, that's how its grown over the last few years.
80 Camaro Z28 | 89 Scirocco 16v (VR6 soon!) | 37 Plymouth Coupe | 11 Equinox LT (soon to be 2013 Focus 5door)| 11 F150 FX4 | 11 Dutchmen 295BHGS | 11 John Deere 1023E