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    Vehicle Tool Bag

    I`ve been thinking about putting together a bag of random tools to keep in my truck. Any of you guys done this? If so, what`d you put in it?

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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    I keep a plastic tote whenever i am leaving town with the the pick up. I keep a small jack, a couple of foot long 4x4`s, couple cotton towels, random wrench set and socket set. Quart of oil, qt of transmission fluid, some sota silicone lube, couple screw drivers and a hammer.

    I say all that and i am hoping you meant that and not detailing tools. Anyways, i like to be able to have that stuff so i can attempt to fix most of what comes.

    After thinking about it, there are also a utility knife, pliers, duct tape. Just never know what you will need when running from NW Iowa to either Wyoming for snowmobiling or to Ohio for the in laws.

    Might be the boy scout in me too
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    Going from memory here but I try to keep the following in my vehicles:

    A flexible socket set like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009L8GEPM
    A pair of very big channel locks for anything else
    Multi-bit screwdriver
    decent selection of zip ties
    couple of large hose clamps
    duct tape
    tire plugs and air pump
    Cheap scan tool or bluetooth OBDII adapter (Torque for Android!)
    knife/scissors if you don`t normally carry a multi-tool

    A lot depends on your car. For example on some german cars (thanks VW!) you can`t pack light, too many stupid torx and other various specialty tools. I think you just have to plan around for what things you could possibly fix roadside. The reality is, real roadside repairs are dangerous thanks to people driving like idiots, it just pays to get towed to a dealership or an auto parts store that loans tools.
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    Good stuff guys, keep it coming. This is the bag I`m going to be using:







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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    the fat max makes a decent detail bag too.

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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    Back in the late 70’s 80’s and 90’s I always carried a metal craftsman toolbox with tray in the top. I couldn’t afford to have anything decent to drive. One time in nags head the ignition module quit on me in my 76 caprice classic. Luckily it broke down in front of a Napa store. Have new vehicle with extended warranty now. If I did carry tools I would have a 12 volt test light, spark tester also. Maybe some fuses too and the other stuff mentioned
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    Oh yeah, that test light reminded me I carry a $5 HF multimeter.
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    I carry a Blackjack tire plug kit and a portable air pump.
    A flashlight, few flares for safety and a reflective vest.
    I prefer to carry my AAA card in my wallet for anything else that goes wrong with my car. (Or anyones else`s)
    My wife has the card too.
    I`m not trying to do a repair on the side of the road these days.
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    Metabo LTX400 + Walled socket - This thing is ready for war at all times, best impact on the market bar none for automotive.
    24 inch 1/2 cheater bar - Multiple uses...
    Viair 77P - No low pressure again
    Tiretec pressure gauge - Analog only
    Olight R50 Seeker - Best compact carry torch on the market
    5 ton tow winch/rope - Pulling out friends on Ski trips
    Mechanics gloves - No blisters
    First aid kit - You never know
    AAA card - Always in the wallet
    Full size spare + Factory jack + Kit

    It all fits in the full-size spare compartment, torch stays up front with me though.
    Rupes 21 MK II, Rupes 15 MK II, Rupes 21, Rupes LHR75e, Rupes Duetto, Rupes Ibrid-L, Rupes LH18ENS, Flex PE-14-2, Dodo Juice V1

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    At $21.99 it will remain a secret to me.
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    Sockets, wrenches, pliers, tape, zip ties, cutters, wire stripper, some wire, fuses, an acc belt for the car it is in, misc bulbs, hose pieces. This is in a small bag in my daily driver and if I take my Firebird on a trip to a show or something farther away I usually will load up with some more misc things.
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    Re: Vehicle Tool Bag

    I don`t really carry much in the way of tools these days, not all that much that either Accumulatorette or I will actually fix on any of the current vehicles. The Audis all have decent enough oe kits for the most part, the Crown Vic is as reliable as sunrise, and the Tahoe seldom goes too far from home. And yeah, a cell phone and AAA card can go a long ways, just be careful how others behave around your vehicle.

    Every vehicle always has water, sanitizing wipes, a flashlight, an edged tool of some type, disposable gloves, a blanket, water, and some kind of 1st Aid kit (dog-haulers always have Quick-Clots and other dog-centric stuff). And always = ALWAYS, rentals included.

    We do (always) carry both duck (no not the brandname, and not "duct") and electrical tape, a tire gauge, mini-jumper cables, flares/reflectors, and and a multi-tool in whatever vehicle we use for a real roadtrip, which have come in handy a few times (e.g., the S8`s Deer Incident).

    We do keep an air compressor of the "just fills tires" variety in the Tahoe (under-vehicle spare = hassle). Changing tires isn`t that big a deal on the others, not like Accumulatorette needs help with a spare or anything...

    And of course, we both carry the EDC/"don`t leave home without it" stuff, at least a flashlight and knife of some kind no matter what, every single time we go anywhere.

 

 

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