Toolkit Basics For Every Car Owner

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Weekend wrencher or weekend warrior, every car owner should travel with a good set of basic tools in his or her vehicle. With today’s active lifestyle – especially here in South Florida – a great deal of time is spent in all types of vehicles. A few important tools should be automatically included in every toolkit. They can be purchased separately or as part of a pre-packaged toolkit.

Other tools may be used less frequently, but are equally important to own. Knowing which tools to include in an automotive toolkit will make small mechanical problems, emergencies or repairs easier to handle.

Basic tool list

  •  Multi-drive wrench with extra drive sockets and bits
  • Socket and screwdriver set
  • Spark plug gap gauge and a tire pressure gauge
  • Shop towels and work gloves
  • Locking and needle-nose pliers
  • A magnetic flashlight with extra batteries
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • Cable or wire ties and mechanic wire
  • Canned tire inflator

Additional tools and items

 Jumper cables: This should go without saying, but many drivers don’t think about keeping a set on board until the battery dies.

Safety hammer: This small tool can be used to cut through jammed seatbelts or to break car windows in the event of an accident. The tool can be easily mounted to the dashboard using Velcro or double-sided tape. Part of the tool is luminescent, making it easy to locate in the dark.

Leatherman multi-tool: Another must-have, this tool includes wire cutters, scissors, two types of pliers, a multi-bit screwdriver … the list goes on. This tool is a definite.

Portable battery charger: This is especially useful to drivers who spend a lot of time on the open road, whether work-related or by choice. Newer models feature multiple charging modes.

Tow strap: Look for one with a capacity of up to 30,000 lbs. and at least 20 to 30 feet long. One of these can come in very handy if a vehicle gets stuck or incapacitated.

Road flares: A vehicle stuck on the side of the road is a sitting duck, especially at night. Laying out LED flares or reflective triangles will alert other drivers to the situation.

Folding shovel: Getting stuck in South Florida’s sandy soil is no fun, especially after a heavy rain. The shovel will pay for itself the first time it’s used to get a car back on the road.

For any vehicle maintenance or repair needs, please contact Autologic in Fort Lauderdale. We are dedicated to superior customer satisfaction and have proudly serviced the South Florida community for more than 20 years.

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