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Old 06-17-2022, 10:15 AM   #1
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Recommendations on a tool kit for the car?

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Any recommendations on a small tool kit to keep in the car? Couple screwdrivers, one ratchet, set of sockets. The sets I've seen so far a little more comprehensive than I would need. Something that fits in spare tire well would be great.


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I have one of these as my track day tool kit. Not a huge fan of the ratchets but they get the job done. In the winter time these usually go on sale for like 20 bucks off.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-309-...-in/5001996759
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Old 06-18-2022, 12:37 PM   #3
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i would recommend getting a bag with a zipper from your local tool supply store and building your own kit, especially if room is a factor.
in the bag get a couple screwdrivers, a 3/8 ratchet, a socket rail to put some common sockets, some common wrenches, any other tools you may commonly use in a road side repair, maybe a bottle of fix-a-flat, or i have kept a 1/2" drive impact to change the tire easier.

It really depends on what you feel you are going to do roadside vs available space.
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i've got a pretty typical tool bag i throw in all my vehicles.

it starts with a simple bag
https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...ets-61168.html

then 1/4 and 3/8" sockets
https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-...-pc-62303.html

https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...-pc-61954.html

always a volt meter to troubleshoot electrical issues that arise
https://www.harborfreight.com/electr...ter-63759.html

a multi-bit screwdriver or two
https://www.harborfreight.com/4-in-1...dle-61988.html

wire stripper
https://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch...ter-98410.html

wire cutter
https://www.harborfreight.com/micro-...ter-90708.html

and some e-sockets for the seat bolts.
https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-...-pc-67898.html

i also throw in a butane soldering iron, some solder, and a handful of zipties from my garage mega-bag as well for good measure.

https://smile.amazon.com/Soldering-M...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

https://www.harborfreight.com/11-inc...100-34637.html

this covers just about anything that is roadside-fixable for me at least. anything that needs more likely isn't much of a roadside fix anymore.
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I put a fanny pack with a zipper around the passenger seat headrest (facing the back of the car) and put in 2 of each of the following short and long 3/8ths 10mm, 12mm,14mm sockets. I keep 16mm - 22mm 1/2" impact sockets as well. A 10mm, 12mm, and 14mm wrench.
Associated ratchets, zip ties, metal zip ties, and a foot of DEI sleeving.
In a little box in the trunk I keep spare plugs, hose clamps, wire strippers, needle nose pliers, an extending magnet, flashlight, vacuum caps, a spare cam position sensor, a spare MAP sensor.

Other notable mentions- a roll of shop towels goes under the passenger seat, jump pack goes under the passenger seat, and a spare quart of oil is tied up in a plastic bag in the trunk as well. A blanket and spare socks.

I've needed all these things and not had them in my life. Never again
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Add a TP roll and you got everything I ever needed.
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Hi Guys,


Any recommendations on a small tool kit to keep in the car?

Thanks!
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I've got screwdrivers, pliers, jumper cables and a breaker bar/socket.
So far haven't needed them for my car. It's been fairly well made.
What's got the most use is an umbrella.
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I've got screwdrivers, pliers, jumper cables and a breaker bar/socket.
So far haven't needed them for my car. It's been fairly well made.
What's got the most use is an umbrella.
That's something I would carry if my car was carburetor
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I wouldn't find a reason to carry too many tools. The most I would need is a 10mm wrench for changing a car battery, and a tire iron for changing flats.

Agreed what you really should have is AAA or roadside assistance.

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I keep one of these in my car at all times. I've used 3 times, mostly for helping other people out. Lots of goodies.

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I put a fanny pack with a zipper around the passenger seat headrest (facing the back of the car) and put in 2 of each of the following short and long 3/8ths 10mm, 12mm,14mm sockets. I keep 16mm - 22mm 1/2" impact sockets as well. A 10mm, 12mm, and 14mm wrench.
Associated ratchets, zip ties, metal zip ties, and a foot of DEI sleeving.
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Other notable mentions- a roll of shop towels goes under the passenger seat, jump pack goes under the passenger seat, and a spare quart of oil is tied up in a plastic bag in the trunk as well. A blanket and spare socks.

I've needed all these things and not had them in my life. Never again

....tooth brush, tooth paste, bar of soap, bottle of wine, loaf of bread, pack of condoms, and thou.
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....tooth brush, tooth paste, bar of soap, bottle of wine, loaf of bread, pack of condoms, and thou.
Who brushes their teeth?
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