Trunk Essentials

On this page you’ll find useful emergency tools and spares that will save your ass when your in a pinch.

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The NOCO jump starter pack is a serious tool, don’t let its size fool you. This little guy fights way above its weight. Capable of starting a diesel truck engine and yet small enough to fit in your glove box.

It features smart design and technology, it won’t allow you connect it backways and it features a no spark technology, meaning it doesn’t arc when connected to the battery, nice!

It’s powered by latest technology lithium battery. But it’s got a few more tricks, it’s a fast charger too (2 hours), that means you can use it to charge your car, truck, boat, mower, snow blower battery as well as jump start them.

Other features include – a charge port for charging your phone or iPad, comes with a eight mode hand lamp (500 lumens),12v 15amp port to power air pumps or whatever.

I’m a fan.

It’s first on the list because without battery power our car is going nowhere. Finding somebody to give you a boost isn’t usually a problem, but not having cables is. The Cartman 20ft booster cable is a good quality set of jumpers that will work when you need them.

Copper coated alligator clips for enhanced connectivity and a coinvent carrier bag for neat trunk storage. You’ll never need another set.

I can’t work without a good light, if I don’t have good light I find the job goes down hill quickly. Enuotek build this tough mechanics light, I’ve had several of these lamps, not because they break but because I lose them.

I’ve bounced mine on the ground so many times, and it survived. They are a real MacGyver of a lamp, magnet, hooks, led area light and spot light.

Life saving tire sealer and pump. Even if your car has a spare wheel. A sealer and pump is often safer to use than struggling with a flat by the roadside.

Rain-X is a leader in glass care. I’ve been using their windshield repellant for years and it’s good. If you do a ton of night driving you know how tiring it can be, especially in the rain. Rain-X causes the rain to sheet and run from the windshield. Good stuff!

DeWalt Max XR cordless 20v Impact wrench makes any job a pleasure. It has the power to bust open rusty fasteners and is an excellent tool for the truck of your car. DeWalt make great products, this is the latest in brushless tech and they go on and on.

I wrote a post about Impact wrenches and what I look for, I also cover a little about why I think the DeWalt is the business, you can check it out here.

An impact wrench needs specialized sockets, ordinary 1/2 inch sockets will fit but they aren’t a match for the power of the DeWalt. Impact sockets are specially hardened for the job.

Antivibration gloves are important, using impact guns for prolonged periods can damage nerves in the hands and arms. Its a condition known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and as yet here’s no cure. If you intend using an impact wrench for a living, please do wear anti vibration gloves.

The Vgo is a good quality glove, it’s tough, offers antivibration protection, breathable and is touch screen capable.

PT Stubby set is perfect for emergency repairs, small enough to stow in the trunk. It covers all the basics, a ratcheting driver with bits set. An adjustable wrench and a ratchet set with Metric and standard sizes. An adaptor 1/4 to 3/8 makes it a versatile set.