When you drive a new car for work, long trips or running errands, one can become comfortable with their dependability and keep only common sense tools in the trunk like a jack, road side emergency kit, owners manual and spare fuses. Truthfully, any other tools would seem a bit impractical because today’s cars are a complicated to diagnose and repair by the side of the road.
But when travel in a car that is 25 years or older, you should include a few more items in the event of a breakdown. Even though you’ve checked and rechecked all the fluids, belts and running parts, many classics had reliability issues even when they were rolling off the production line.
So here’s our list of ten things you should carry in your older car that’s over and above the legally required documentation and common sense tools.
Battery Charger – Small and compact, most battery chargers can instantly start your car or add a charge to your battery after a long day at a car show. They also can include a 120-psi compressor with digital inflator, emergency light, portable power and AC/DC and USB ports to charge your cell phone.
Hand Tools – Pretty much a no brainer for anyone who owns an older car. J&T Automotive suggests that you put together a toolbox that contains the types of tools you would use on the parts for your car that you know how to fix or replace. Tool kits should include the simple things that get used most often on the classics like wrenches, screwdrivers, a spark plug socket or wire brush.
Spare Parts – Take into consideration the mileage or amount of time that has passed since replaced, you may want to think about keeping a box of spare parts that would include a starter, alternator, fuel pump, complete distributor and fan belts.
Clean Towels – For good reasons these should be in the trunk. To protect you while you’re on the ground looking under the car, to protect the car while you’re working around the engine, to clean dirty spark plugs, and to wipe off your hands are just a few.
Mechanics Overalls –Having a pair of mechanic overalls to put on over your clothes would allow you to get dirty and still arrive at your destination with no signs your car broke down on the way.
Gloves – Even if your car only needs a bolt tightened up or a spark plug cleaned up, why get back into your nicely detailed classic with dirty hands.
Fluids – An assortment of fluids like water, oil, brake fluid, WD40 and Liquid Wrench Penetrating Oil can prevent a great day from turning bad.
Tape – Electrician tape and duct tape for quick and temporary fixes for anything from wires to detached mufflers. And hopefully it’s used to get you home from a car show and not before.
Fire Extinguisher – The smallest fire can be a costly disaster that a $30 fire extinguisher can stop instantly.
Recovery Strap – If you can’t get the car running again, we suggest you use a recovery strap, rather than a rope or chains, to have someone tow you to J&T Automotive. The reason is that a recovery strap is usually made of nylon, which is quite flexible and has the ability to stretch and recoil. Stretching helps the strap to absorb the shock load and builds up a bit of stored energy that contributes to the pulling once the initial tug has stopped. You can always contact us at 713-464-2312 and we will be glad to tow you safely to our facility.