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#4631170 - 01/11/18 08:32 AM Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ?
ChrisD46 Offline

Registered: 09/10/10
Posts: 1811
Loc: GA.
As a basic emergency tool box for your vehicle - please advise what items you should have in the tool box ?
... I want to make one up for each of my vehicles to have in the trunk - Thanks in advance !!
2017 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L GDI 4 cylinder
2010 Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 4 cylinder
2007 Kia Sedona 3.8L 6 cylinder

#4631175 - 01/11/18 08:36 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
CT8 Offline

Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10384
Loc: Idaho
What about an electrical problem ?
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#4631177 - 01/11/18 08:38 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
skyactiv Online   content

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4026
Loc: The Midwest
An air compressor, tire plug kit, needle nose pliers and 20' TWO gauge jumper cables.
Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

#4631181 - 01/11/18 08:42 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9308
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Cell phone with phone numbers, jumper cables, electrical tape, pocket knife, pliers & side cutters. 2x red flares. Ed
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

#4631185 - 01/11/18 08:46 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
Snagglefoot Offline

Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 917
Loc: Alberta
Emergency survival blankets (2)
Flash light
Auto glass breaker ( put in counsel)
Chemical hand warmer packets
Fire extinguisher

Yeah, I know these aren’t tools, but you did say emergency.

Edited by Snagglefoot (01/11/18 08:59 AM)

#4631188 - 01/11/18 08:47 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
Linctex Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 5195
Loc: Waco, TX
I drive a lot of highway miles 340,000 in the last 14 years.

Tires are #1, so I have two spares, air tank, air compressor, tire plugs, jack & tire wrench.

Second are spontaneous coolant leaks (cracked plastic radiator tank, hole in a hose) so I have epoxy, hose splices, clamps, tie wraps, and a water jug.

Third is a spare alternator, belt, jumper cables and necessary tools.

This is 99.9% of everything that can go wrong.

I once had an idler pulley SEIZE at night in a REALLY BAD part of Dallas. (remote, also)

By the Grace of God, I actually had an old one in the back of the truck! But hardly any tools.
I changed it with: a claw hammer, a jack handle, and a channel lock pliers. Miracles never cease.
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#4631193 - 01/11/18 08:51 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
Snagglefoot Offline

Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 917
Loc: Alberta
Make sure you have a wrench capable of busting the lug nuts. I carry a 24” breaker with the correct socket.


#4631198 - 01/11/18 08:55 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12573
Loc: Onondaga County
Depending on how big of a trip I'm taking or what I'm doing I pack a ton!

Any trip that's out of range of AAA or any Jeep trip gets the following:
- Full tool set with all the "random" tools that I need ---- for example, Jeeps need a 13mm 12 point socket to take the wheel bearings out, 36mm for the axle nut
- Air compressor / tire inflater
- Tow straps
- Electrical Box. Has soldering gun, power inverter, wires, butt connectors, electrical tape, strippers, test light random bulbs and fuses
- Jumper cables
- 38mm for camper hubs and grease should the hubs start running hot
- Breaker Bar

- Snack food, granola bars, powerade (doesn't freeze and explode)
- Blankets

Road trips are always packed pretty tight!
18 Forester 2.5I 6M
00 Jeep Cherokee
01 Ford F-350 XL 4x4 5M

#4631207 - 01/11/18 09:03 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4557
Qt of motor oil, qt of trans fluid. 14mm wrench for oil drain plug. Unsure if it would ever be necessary. Spare tire in good condition, car jack. All tools need for tire exchange. Tire plugs, air compressor. Cell phone. Rags, only so much you can do to be prepared. A valid AAA/CAA membership
2007 Corolla Red Pearl 151k miles
Castrol Magnatec 0w20 & Napa Proselect

#4631219 - 01/11/18 09:20 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
LeakySeals Offline

Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6422
Loc: Hudson, NH
AAA card. I used it last month. Came out from work, click. Didn't start. No symptoms prior. AAA came out and tested battery and alternator. Battery was bad. He was driving around with the right one for me, swapped it out and I was headed home 30 mins from the call. Gave me a deal and a 3 year warranty for being a member. Battery was approx the same price as a Duralast Gold. A couple of years ago I had a flat. Replaced the tire in the breakdown lane on a Maine highway at night with the speed limit of 70. After an 18 wheeler buzzed me and nearly sucked me out onto the highway I decided to get a AAA membership and save DIY repairs for my garage. No more carrying a compressor I never used. No more tools rolling around the trunk for problems you probably can't fix on the side of the road.
06 Escalade 6.0L AWD 155k. M1 EP 5w30 Fram TG
03 Maxima 3.5L Unknown miles ST 10w30

#4631231 - 01/11/18 09:37 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
64bawagon Offline

Registered: 01/10/17
Posts: 163
Loc: Michigan
Cash and a firearm
05 Duramax Chevy(SOLD), 64 Chevy wagon, 10 Jeep Wrangler, 17 Equinox (rental), 18 Silverado 1/2 ton

#4631303 - 01/11/18 10:42 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
OneEyeJack Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7336
Loc: S California
Start doing your service out of your car's toolbox so that you know what you have, how to use it and can think about what you really need.

Finally focus on safety and dealing with an accident.

#4631340 - 01/11/18 11:10 AM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
madRiver Offline

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3202
Loc: New England
Phone and pair of gloves along with a blanket (lay on if wet out).

Jumper cables.

Side of highway or road very dangerous place to be.

#4634130 - 01/13/18 11:35 PM Re: Tools To Have For Vehicle Emergency ? [Re: ChrisD46]
bowlofturtle Offline

Registered: 06/25/09
Posts: 745
Loc: Chicago
My car came with a first aid kit. Even tho i dont know how to use anything in there aside from a band-aid.

Just got a AAA card.
4 way tire iron from HF.
Cheap-o tire compressor.
HF mover's blanket.
Jumper cables 1990's version from craftsman when it was 2 or 0 gauge.

I should maybe get a roll of ductape and flashlight.
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