What Car Repair Tools Should Always Be In Your Trunk?

| October 15, 2012

Cars are mechanical contraptions. No matter how much you maintain and care for them, they break down at the most inconvenient and unexpected times. As a result, having a set of repair tools in the boot is necessary.

Assembling your auto repair kit

Most new cars come with their own repair kit and troubleshooting manual that is located near the spare tire. If you have a new car, just lift the cover over the spare tire and check the tools kit to find out exactly what it contains. If you have an old car, there is a chance that you will not be able to find the tools kit. In such cases, you can buy the auto repair kit readymade from a hardware store. These prepackaged kits usually contain a flashlight, spare batteries, a medical emergency kit, jumper cables, tow rope, gloves and multi-tools for working on your car.

However, the kit can be expensive ranging anywhere from $50-$90. Creating your own kit is a better option as you can set it up yourself. A few things you should have in your car repair kit are:

 1. Multi-headed screwdriver.  Most hardware stores will have a swappable screwdriver which contains multiple heads that can be attached on to a handle. You can switch the heads around to get multiple tools in the same kit. These kits are usually about five inches in height and may weigh about 250gms.

 2. Adjustable wrenches. Having one wrench in your car repair kit is necessary to deal with wheel lugs and bolts. Find a basic 3-piece or a 4-piece adjustable wrench and add it to your kit.

3. Pliers. We recommend buying a needle-nose, wire cutting and heavy grooved pliers. You will need these to gripping and handling small objects for repair.

4. Jumper cables. A single jumper cable set costing about $20 is very necessary if you stay in cold weather regions. Car batteries die quickly and it’s a good idea to have a set just in case.

5. Flashlights. Roadside flares and reflective safety lights. Flashlights are good for providing light when you are changing the tire or for repairing minor damage to your car. Usually, if your car is stalled in the middle of the road, setting up a reflective safety light is also necessary to ensure that no one runs in to your car in the darkness.

6. Tow straps. Tow straps are cheap but they can be a lifesaver in case of emergencies. You just have to attach the strap to the car in front and then attach it to the hitch on your car. Putting your car in neutral and managing the steering system will ensure help the towing car pulls your car to the desired destination.

7. A small air compressor. This device is not compulsory but it can be a godsend if you do not have a spare tire. In case your tire has not completely blown out and has a minor leak, you can use the portable air compressor to pump it up and get back on the road till you reach a car repair in Austin.

We feel that these items are absolutely necessary in a car repair kit. You might be using something other than this but do write in to us to let us know.

About the Author:

Daniel Guevarra says a lot of positive feedback for a car repair in Austin he encountered on a trip in Texas. For over ten years, Daniel has owned five cars and knows firsthand what can be done to repair simple car problems.

Category: Auto Repair

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