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Old 08-21-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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I'm curious as to what tools you guys keep in your trunk or what tools have been handy when your in a jam.

I usually keep various kinds of plyers, my favorite 1/4" ratchet set, gloves, breaker bar and a few 3/8" sockets and driver.

What do you guys keep?
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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I keep Solo cups and a fifth to drown out my woes while I wait for AAA.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:07 PM   #3
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I keep Solo cups and a fifth to drown out my woes while I wait for AAA.

Haha that's a good idea. It won't be a 5th but maybe a pint of something ha.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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Don't keep much with me, except when i'm traveling to race (I then have a pretty full 'arsenal' of tools).

Otherwise I call AAA (or find a way to limp it home) and do the fixing at home.....
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Tools? I don't even carry a spare tire.
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Yesterday while checking an insurance quote for a new to me car, I found out our full coverage vehicle rate includes roadside assistance. I used to have AAA so this is nice.

I have a road trip/winter box with all kinds of straps (towing and ratchet), extra ratchets/sockets/drivers/pliers - or multitool, winter survival clothes and blankets, flares, etc. We usually have family gift exchanges a few holidays a year, and I almost always throw a driver/socket set into the mix from HD or Lowes. If someone else has something similar in the mix and it overlaps my main tool sets, it becomes a vehicle kit if I get it.

Out of it all, I've used the tow strap the most. Either unsticking myself, someone else, or giving a short tow. I feel the good karma from stopping and helping people may save me from a similar fate.
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I don't really carry anything beyond the standard issue BMW tool kit. Although I do have spare tires in each car, the car comes with a jack and a schitty socket tool to remove the bad wheel. Other than that, I have AAA to bring me home if I'm around town.
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Funny you mention this, about a year ago I was having issues with my Walbro 455 custom (read: hackjob) install in my 335i. I had a Craftsman toolbag that I kept all the tools required to pull my fuel pump, and then zipties and hoseclamps to mend it good enough to get me home. Contents included multiple screwdrivers, leatherman, hammer, mulitple ratchets, assorted sockets, extra fuel hose.

And it came in useful, I only had to re-plumb my fuel pump 4 times on the side of the road.

As of now I sort of live life on the edge, if my factory BMW tools cant cut it then I'm cashing in on my free tows.
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I only carry stuff on road trips. Flate tire repair stuff (plug kit) and tools to remove the tune if I break down and need a tow to a dealer.
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I was able to find a "big" trunk tool kit for my e30, so that takes care of most everything. I do still keep a set of multi-pliers in every car, plus some road flares. I have small portable compressor and tire plug kit that rides in the trunk as well. And a flash light.... always a flashlight.

I happened to be coming back to Cleveland from PA on the turnpike last summer and the alternator belt decided to go. Fortunately I did have a spare I keep w/ me for road trips. Using the factory tools in the trunk, I was back on the road in just under a half hour (probably would have been waiting for a AAA tow at least that long!). Granted, to speed things up, I did cut the A/C and power steering belts off with my knife - but those aren't absolutely necessary for driving!
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:19 PM   #12
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Just an FYI, Sears has some pretty good deals on Craftsman wrenches right now. I picked up a set of 26 metric 12 pts. for $40. Now if only they had 6 pt sets in store
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Leather gloves, tow strap and road flares. In the winter I will keep a "little person" snow shovel in the trunk.
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