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Basic Auto Toolkit

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by capn_tack, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. capn_tack

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    I'm trying to figure out what the most essential household/auto tools are. I have a multitool (tho I plan on upgrading it to a better model soon) and can handle some issues with that and my pocket knife, but sometimes you need just a little bit more than EDC for a job. My (hopeful) goal is to fit it all in a 50cal ammocan. Any ideas? I can compile a list myself, but maybe someone here has ideas that I don't know of. Thank you!

    -Tack.
     
  2. Blackheart

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    Just to get things started:

    - multi-bit screwdriver
    - various pliers (needle nose, slip joints, lineman's, vice-grips)
    - two or three different sizes of adjustable (crescent) wrenches
    - maybe a set of combination wrenches (box/open-end)
    - maybe a small 3/8" socket set
    - duct tape (important, never forget the duct tape)
    - roll of wire (solid, steel)

    I, too, used an ammo can for an auto toolbox for years. They're nice because they seal airtight to keep out moisture.
     
  3. rosshs

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    A small (but powerful) magnet on a telescopic handle (about the size of a pen when its collapsed), always come in handy.
     
  4. Blackheart

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    Forgot to mention: If this is strictly an auto toolkit, don't forget about Harbor Freight when it comes time to buy some tools. They've got some reasonable hand tools, though maybe not what I'd want to use everyday, and they're inexpensive. Tools in an auto kit will only get used around 0.01% of the time. Spend the money you save by buying better tools for around the home that will get used more often.

    A starter kit for around the home would include most of what I listed before, plus a hammer, a couple of pipe wrenches, and a drill of some sort (probably electric, but a push-drill is suprisingly handy too).

    edit: I should add that, if you plan on having just one toolkit for both the home and the car... Bad idea. It's not so bad if you're doing something in the house and the tools are out in the car, but it's a real bummer when you're out and about, need a tool, and your tools are back at the ranch.
     
  5. Ajax

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    +1 to Blackhearts list. You can kludge just about anything with that tool bag.

    Do you want kit advice or just tool advice?

    I might add silicone tape for hoses. Definitely a headlamp of some sort.
     
  6. NonSenCe

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    to add to above:
    -flashlight/headlamp plus spare batteries (not alkaline, but lithium so they wont leak and work in hot/cold and have long shelf life).
    -piece of plywood/mdf etc. slightly smaller than sheet of paper (a4) sometimes car-jack just digs into the soil, this helps prevent that.
    -small plastic tarp/sheet (to keep you clean etc)
    -hammer or small axe (things get stuck and you need blunt force trauma tool)
    -shovel (folding army type atleast.. you get stuck and need to dig out)
    -big/huge flat scredriver or small prybar (to wedge stuck or stiff things apart.. things like alternator when replacing the belt etc)
    -electric kit (bulbs, fuses, few feet of wire, etc)
    -jumper cables
    -towing rope

    not sure if all these could be fitted to that canister.. (i think i need to buy one more myself.. i forgot i had one. and now am thinking about stuffing my tools into them instead my current toolbox)
     
  7. Blackheart

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    - wire hangar (cut the twisted parts off and fold it up to go in the box, I've opened a few car doors for people after they locked their keys in)
     
  8. sitdwnandhngon

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    Here is what I have in a 50 cal can right now that I put in my jeep and work tool box.

    -A tube of gasket maker
    -Gorilla Tap
    -Electrical connectors
    -Knife
    -A few feet of 1/4 ID rubber hose and lots of clamps.
    -Open and box end wrenches for every common size (all SAE on my Jeep, but metric for new vehicles)
    -Vice Grips (if you blow a brake line you can use these to pinch the line so you have brake pressure to get you home)
    -A few feet of electrical wire
    -A roll of tie wire
    -JB Weld
    -A few screwdrivers and a hammer if it will fit.

    There is some other odds and ends too. But that setup, with a few quarts each of motor oil/tranny fluid, some brake fluid, and a quart of gear lube for standard trannys and the axles will get you at least off the highway/backroad, and get you home or to the shop without much problem. Assuming you can diagnose alot of problems by yourself anyway.
     
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    Maybe throw in some crimp-on wire ends in case something breaks or burns off. Maybe some shrink tubing , wirenuts and electrical tape(good 3M not the cheap stuff)! Also a crimp tool!!
     
  10. Blackheart

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    - hacksaw blade in holder (or just wrap some tape around one end)
     
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    Wow, so much info. Yeah, for now I'm just asking for info on the tools themselves, as I already am going to use a 50cal ammo can for the toolbox (airtight and tough), and it's going to be an auto kit, at least for now. The owner of the house I rent a room in lives here and he's handy with tools so he takes care of anything himself. So I just need some stuff for my truck. My basic idea at first is:

    Socket wrench with assorted bits
    Assorted combination wrenches
    Assorted screwdrivers (or one with interchangeable bits)
    Crescent wrench
    Assorted pliers
    I already keep zip ties and bungee cables in my truck
    Duct tape, flash light, and some sort of blade

    The tarp and plywood and shovel would all be part of my emergency kit when I assemble it. Tho I didn't think of the wire, wire ends, or vice-grips. Great advice people, thanks!

    -Tack.
     
  12. sitdwnandhngon

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    Some people like to lug around giant tool boxes with stuff they need to fix anything right there.

    I tend to focus my planning on items that will just get me home. All my tools live there and its more economical to just leave them there.
     
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    Jumper Leads, Tow Rope
    Reflective vest and Flares or flashing strobe thing (i like the Eflare ones)
    you dont want to get run over because you werent seen
     
  14. Bogwan

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    Also a pair of gloves, a few paper towels and or hand wipes to clean up after working on the vehicle.

    Did anyone mention a tire pressure gauge ?
     
  15. LivingUpNorth

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    A couple spare fuses wouldn't take up too much room, either.

    You mentioned you have a Jeep, so I assume you mean a Wrangler, right? If so, do you intend the kit to be an everyday, common road kit or do you intend for it to get you out of deep trouble when you are way off the beaten path? If you aren't careful, the list can build quickly and get out of control.

    FWIW, I carry:
    - Multi-tool
    - flashlight
    - heavy duty gloves
    - jumper cables
    - tow recovery strap
    - bungee cords
    - ratcheting tie-downs
    - Army surplus folding shovel

    For serious stuff, you may want to consider a second ammo can with a small air compressor and/or can of Fix-a-flat. It all depends on how much you want to carry or how far/long of a trip you intend to take. Just some ideas.
     
  16. capn_tack

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    I actually wasn't the one who mentioned the jeep, but a lot of these ideas are awesome. Thanks y'all!

    -Tack.
     
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    This is what I carry in my pickup, some things may not be applicable for you

    [FONT=&quot]Hand Tools[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]In Tanker Tool Bag[/FONT]

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    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Adj Open End wrenches 4” 8” 12”[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Bolt cutters 15”[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Breaker bar ½” drive[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Circuit tester 12vdc[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Combination open/ratcheting box wrench set (metric)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Glow plug release tool[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Glow plug socket[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Grease gun, cartridge type with hose, Mobil-1 Grease[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hacksaw, close-quarters, with blades incl carbide[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hammers, BFH (dead blow) LFH (ball peen 24oz)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Handle driver ¼”[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Injector socket[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Inspection mirror/magnet[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pickup, part[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pliers, Channel lock[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pliers, Fence[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pliers, Needle-Nose[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pliers, Vise grip, lg, small[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Pliers, Wire stripper/crimper[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Punch set[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Ratchets ¼”, 3/8” long and stubby/flex, ½”[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Screw Driver Set, 10-in-1 screw driver, 4-in-1 screw driver (orange handle)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Socket extensions ¼” 3/8”, ½”, short and long[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Sockets, ¼”, 3/8”, ½” drive sets metric, internal/external torx, hex bit, metric crowsfoot[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Torque wrench ½” drive 0-150 lb/ft[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Universal joints ¼”, 3/8”, ½”[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Valve stem tool[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]VOM with leads[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Wheel lock adapter[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Wheel Stud Socket, ½” drive deep[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Consumables/Spares[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]
    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]16ga insulated wire 10’[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Anti-seize compound, tube[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Asst hardware[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Baling wire[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Boshield small spray can[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Fence staples 24[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Glow plug (in otterbox)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Glow plug relay (in otterbox)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Go-jo hand cleaner, tube[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Injector with o-rings (in otterbox)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Liquid steel[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Locktite #242 tube or small bottle[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]MS20995C32 safety wire 20’[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Replacement tire valve stems 4 (in otterbox)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Super siphon hose[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tape, 600mph [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tape, Electrical 3M 66[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tape, Gorilla[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tape, Rescue[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tape, Teflon[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]WD-40 small can[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Zip ties asst[/FONT]
     
  18. Ajax

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    I think BlackHearts first kit would be enough to get you to a garage.
     
  19. dave90

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    I always carry backups to the spare fuses just in case, and always make sure the spare fuses are all present (same with the fuse puller if your car has one).

    I carry enough stuff in a tool roll to do most jobs within my skill level or at least patch something up well enough to get home. Other than that my AA card fills the gaps.

    Most of the time you need to think of when you will use the tools and what problems you envisage. An easy job can be made impossible by a stuck bolt and you might have no WD40 or whatever.