- Oct 31, 2017
I carry only essentials. In all my vehicles the trunk is about half empty.
In my case, it's the nut behind the wheel...The only tool in my car is the driver. JK
It depends would be the answer ... size of engine, ability of battery to hold charge momentarily, etc. Very possibly yes.Yesterday I went to Capitola to visit my niece and grand nieces. Wendy was at the gym; she called and her 2015 Odyssey was dead. It sounded like the battery, and I know Honda had replaced one (or two) under warranty. The battery would not take a jump; I think it had a short? Her jumper cables did not even get warm.
I ended up using a cheapo socket set that her brother had. Broken down ratchet and junk 10mm socket.
Pretty lame, because I have a fairly extensive set of tools, doubles and triples, at more than one location.
So, going forward, I will carry a jump box, VOM, 1/4" Harbor Freight socket set that I happen to have laying around, channel lock pliers, std and phillips screwdrivers, gloves and rag. I can put together a 3/8" socket set as well. This will sit under the jump seats in the Tundra. Maybe one of those battery straps to remove heavy batteries in tough locations?
By the way, will a jump box start a car with a shorted battery or is it dead?
I got lucky; I was able to loosen the 10mm nuts on the battery J hooks with my fingers. A pliers, crescent, whatever would have been better.I think there's a set of jumper cables, and a pair of channel lock pliers. There really isn't much your gonna fix beside something that loosens up, like a battery terminal. All the tools in your garage isn't going to do anything for you, if you need a part and your in the middle of nowhere.,,
In a little car like my Fiero, there isn't a lot of space for unneeded tools, so I just bring the essentials. A ratchet and 10mm, 13mm, 15mm and 19mm sockets plus 5.5mm and 7mm nutdrivers will do almost everything on it. Maybe a T55 socket if I decide I need to replace a brake caliper or wheel bearing beside the road somewhere. A 15mm wobble socket is needed if the distributor needs to come out for some reason. Other sizes like 11mm, 12mm, 14mm, 17mm etc aren't too useful so I don't bring them.Easy to say you dont need a floor jack, but what socket sizes are critical and what socket sizes are useless?