D-I-Y Preventive Maintenance
 

Emergency Road Kit

  • Jumper cables
  • Cellular phone, charger power cord, along with a list of emergency numbers
  • Ice scraper and snow brush (winter months)
  • Flashlight or spotlight with extra set of batteries
  • Rain suit or poncho (brightly-colored)
  • Safety goggles or glasses
  • Pair of disposable work “coveralls”
  • Emergency flares, warning triangle or cones
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First-aid kit
  • Hose-patch kit for emergency mending of coolant hoses. These kits are usually available at auto parts and discount stores.
  • Pressurized can of tire inflator and sealer for emergency filling of a flat tire.
  • Battery-powered air compressor
  • Bottled water and snacks, such as crackers or energy bars (in sub-freezing temperatures,remember that bottles may burst if they freeze).
  • Blankets
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Wheel chocks (placed under the wheels to prevent the car from rolling)
  • Basic tool set including an adjustable wrench, pliers, screwdrivers, and wrenches. Many auto parts and retail establishments sell compact “tool kits”, perfect for storage in the trunk of your car.
  • Mini shovel (winter months)
  • Bag or container of sand for traction (winter months)
  • An extra pair of gloves, a scarf and hat
  • Extra windshield washer fluid that can be used in cold weather driving.
  • Funnel for pouring liquids
  • Extra fuses (refer to your owner’s manual to determine amperage sizes needed)
  • Mechanical or elastic tie-down straps
  • Roll of heavy-duty paper towels or rags
  • Pair of work gloves

Basic Maintenance Tools:

  • Oil filter wrench (there are different types, including cap wrenches and strap wrenches). You will have to decide which provides best grip of the filter, based on accessibility.
  • Catch pan (for capturing used oil and coolant)
  • 3/8” basic socket wrench set, including sockets (SAE and metric sizes) ratchets, extensions, adapters, and 5/8” and 13/16” spark-plug sockets
  • Torque? sockets or bits
  • Combination wrench set (SAE and metric sizes)
  • Hex-key wrench set (commonly referred to as Allen? wrenches)
  • Flare-nut fitting wrenches (most commonly used to help prevent the rounding-off of brake line fittings and bleeder fittings)
  • Fender cover (to protect the finish of your car while working under the hood)
  • Basic screwdriver set
  • Test light (for checking the availability of voltage and ground in circuits)
  • Multimeter (a more advanced electrical checking tool that provides readings of voltage, ohms, amps and sometimes more)
  • Slip-joint, groove-joint, needle-nose, and locking pliers
  • Torque wrench (a wrench that indicates the “tightness” of nuts and bolts)
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Radiator hydrometer
  • Penetrating oil (used to help free and lubricate seized or frozen fasteners)
  • Soldering gun & solder
  • Electrical pliers
  • Jack stands
  • Ramps
  • Hydraulic Jack
  • Battery charger
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