A couple of tools to keep in the glove box

Discussion in 'How-to Guides' started by Dr_Zero, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Dr_Zero

    Dr_Zero Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    You come out after work and you get in and your car tries to start but then click click click no joy

    It's probably just a dirty battery terminal you can handle this and be back trucking in no time with these handy tools.

    A terminal wrench


    A terminal brush


    Use the wrench to loosen and remove the battery cable and look for the tel tale green and white corrosion that grows there.

    Use the brush to clean off all the offending corrosion

    Check for a spacer in there also it will pop out and get lodged in the worst places (dont ask me how I know LOL) The corrosion get in under the spacer but like I said keep an eye out for that part getting lost.


    So you might consider keeping one of these handy also! Without the spacer you wont be going anywhere soon.

    Once all the parts are clean put it back in the reverse order and try the ignition again it should fire right up and you are off.

    Note on the spacer if you cant find one in a pinch you can use a nut till you can get proper spacer!
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  2. tlperry68

    tlperry68 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Good idea, I keep jumper cables. I do regular cleaning and preventive maintainence on my whole motor (including) electrical cables every three months or so. Thanks for the tip.
  3. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Alright I'm finally on the ball with at least one thing, I have a whole tool box in my truck and it just so happens I have both the battery wrench and the brush in my toolbox. Definately both good things to have with you, I also carry a huge box of fuses for the trailer and truck just in case!:glasses:
  4. ct9a

    ct9a Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I like to also keep a box of baking soda with my battery tools. Coke works well in a pinch too.
  5. Dr_Zero

    Dr_Zero Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Jumper cables I dont carry but I should, I have a jumper box also but leave it charging LOL.

    Fuses are good and electrical tape Hmmm maybe a thread on what we call a car kit all the things you have in the car from tools to water. Any interest?
  6. jim1958

    jim1958 Member

    Don`t forget a little bailing wire and of course the handymans secret weapon Duct Tape
  7. Jimmiee

    Jimmiee Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    No matter how many tools you carry in your truck you will never have the one you need.

  8. NJBLK1500

    NJBLK1500 New Member

    My jump box was dead on me once when I went to save the day in a parking lot. I felt cool because I was the guy with the "cool jump box thing"...that quickly changed to the "moron with the DEAD cool jump box thing." So now I charge it religiously when the guage says 50%. HOWEVER, I usually leave it plugged in in the garage :grrrrrr:

    I'll start it up... What I carry...all fits in a small tool bag to fit under rear seat
    Regular tool kit items (sockets metric and standard, nut driver with sockets, screwdrivers and torx bits, hammer, linemans pliers, channel locks, adjustable wrench, utility knife)
    Allen Keys
    Coat hangar (used on to tie up a muffler once, will never leave home without one)
    Electrical tape
    Duct tape
    Fuses, fuses, fuses (2.5-30)
    Electrical crimps and crimper, along with pieces of wire
    A couple hacksaw blades

    I may left some stuff out, but my wife would have looked at me funny if she saw me rooting through the tool bag sitting at the computer!?!
  9. Dr_Zero

    Dr_Zero Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Good start!

    Instead of two sets of sockets have you thought about one metric set? You can fit just about any sae in a pinch with a metric set

    5/16 & 8mm
    7/16 & 11mm
    1/2/ & 13mm
    9/16 & 14mm
    5/8 & 16mm
    3/4 & 19mm
    7/8 & 22mm
    15/16 & 24mm
    1 1/16 & 27mm
    1 1/4 & 32mm
    1 1/2 & 38mm
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2009
  10. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Husky 101 piece tool kit (Home Depot)
    12 volt Impact gun w/thin deep wall sockets hooks to battery posts on top (truck stop)
    folding camping chair
    12 volt black and decker tire inflator (takes a while for a 35" tire LOL!)
    48oz. bottle of Slime for truck tires
    2 Absorbers
    Scrub brush
    Detailer/tire shine w/tire sponge applicator
    wind up, no battery LED flashlight
    windshield blind
    truck cover (RV World made for medium duty trucks, fits mine perfect!)
    2 spare PIAA rock guards (Just in case)
    4 valve caps (got them stolen at a show before)

    I keep all of this in a large rubbermaid container in the bed, It takes up most of the bed actually! :money:

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