We’re going to cover some of the most useful tools and equipment to have for roadtrips, for car maintenance, and some that are just nice to have when you need them most. This can range from safety equipment to tools that will help you get the job done right the first time.
Some of these automotive tools and car safety equipment are necessary to have, so if you don’t have something that’s on this list, you might consider putting it on your Christmas wish list. Here are the best automotive tools and equipment of 2019.
Standard Red Fire Extinguisher by First Alert
One of the most useful pieces of safety equipment to have for any vehicle is a Fire Extinguisher. This Standard Red Fire Extinguisher by First Alert offers quality at an affordable price. It features an all-metal construction with a metal valve and trigger for the ultimate reliability. A metal pull will prevent accidental discharges while the metal gauge is color-coded and corrosion resistant to help you read it better.
This UL rated 1-A:10-B:C fire extinguisher uses monoammonium phosphate to help you fight most basic fires. Incredibly handy to have in a vehicle as you never know where you’re going to be when you might need a fire extinguisher. In the event of an emergency where your or someone else’s vehicle suddenly catches fire due to an accident, know that you’ll be prepared to save the day.
Nopro Plastic Funnel, Set of 3
This Plastic Funnel Set by NoPro is the best way to handle refilling your automotive fluids in your car, truck, or SUV. With three different sizes, you can keep them separated for the fluids of your choice, whether you’re using it to refill engine motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze or coolant, power steering fluid, or windshield washer fluid.
Each funnel has a spout that will fit perfectly into the inserts of your automotive fluid reservoirs for more convenient filling of fluids without the risk of spilling potentially caustic fluids everywhere. These have a convenient loop near the top for ease of storage in your garage or utility room. They’re also made of a hard, durable plastic so they are safe to clean in the dishwasher as well. They’re so affordable, you may want to order two sets.
1/2″ Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-150′.-Lb./13.6-203.5 Nm) by TEKTON
A quintessential tool of any mechanics toolbox is the ½” Drive Click Torque Wrench from TEKTON. Every manufacturer has listed specifications for how many ft lbs of pressure a bolt needs to be torqued down to for optimal safety and security, and this torque wrench allows you to do just that.
It allows adjusting the wrench for between 10 lb all the way up to 150 lb of pressure. This is made out of an all steel construction making it incredibly durable. It has a high contrast dual-range scale that provides easy to read figures even in low light settings.
Adjust the wrench to the proper specifications that are called for and begin tightening the bolt with the wrench. When the proper pressure is reached, the wrench will emit a click. Tighten it down to the second click and you’re done. This torque wrench has a reversible ratchet head that can drive in both directions, but it will only measure torque in the clockwise direction. This ships pre-calibrated and ready to use.
300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter by BESTEK
One of the most useful tools to have in your car, especially on long trips or if you’re out camping, is this Power Inverter by BESTEK. This features two AC Outlets and two 2.4A USB charging ports. This is an incredibly compact design that will plug into your cigarette lighter or 12V DC plug, converting your 12V DC power to 110V AC allowing you to plug in small devices.
It has a built in 40 amp fuse to help protect your device and designed to provide protection against overheating, over and under voltage shorting, and short circuiting. The metal housing is durable and will protect your device from drops, bumps, and general wear and tear.
An integrated housing fan will help to reduce overheating problems and prevent shortages, allowing you to keep your items plugged in longer and safer. BESTEK offers an 18-month built-in warranty into this product, allowing you ease of mind knowing that your purchase is protected. Keep your laptops, tablets, LED lights, and even small bluetooth speakers powered up on the go while you’re driving, camping, or on extended long trips from home with this power inverter from BESTEK.
12V DC Portable Digital Tire Inflator by EPAuto
This convenient portable air compressor pump by EPAuto plugs into your cigarette car adapter allowing you to air up your tires virtually anywhere as long as your car has power. This uses 12V DC power, pulling 10-15 amps, and operates anywhere from 120-180W.
This versatile air compressor pump gives you a digital reading of what your tires PSI is at and allows you to inflate car, bicycle, motorcycle, sedan, and midsize SUV tires. The easy to read display can show you in 4 different units, KPA, BAR, PSI, or KG/CM. Included at the front of the unit is an LED flashlight so you can even operate this in the dark.
An auto shut off will prevent the tires from being over inflated when it reaches its target PSI. If the item overheats or overloads, the unit will automatically shut off as a safety precaution. If the unit turns off and fails to operate, the tires may not be supported by this device. LT, HT, and some larger truck tires may be too large for this unit to properly function. Adapters are included for inflatable balls, specialized bicycle tires, and other inflatables allowing you to air up beach balls, rafts, and other water sports toys on the go.
Wheel Chock Without Rope by Camco
The Wheel Chock by Camco is an essential piece of equipment to have handy for anyone at home working on their cars. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, these wheel chocks will serve their purpose of preventing your car, truck, or SUV from moving. These are intended for use on an even surface of flat grade and should prevent rolling when not used outside the scope of their intended use. These are not for commercial use or for heavy commercial-type trucks or trailers. Regardless of situation, when you need to chock the tires, we recommend chocking all tires, both in front and behind each individual tire. These should be suitable for tires up to 26 inches in diameter.
While these are sold with or without a rope, there are holes drilled out in the event that you want to thread your own rope through. The use of a rope would help removing them once placed. Being safe is essential, and keeping your wheels chocked to prevent the vehicle from moving is a simple step you can take towards keeping yourself and others safe.
Grease Coupler by LockNLube
For car parts that have a grease zerk, this Grease Coupler by LockNLube will lock onto the zerk in order to push the grease directly in without the risk of leaking grease while inserting. This grease coupler locks on and is compatible with all ⅛” NPT (National Pipe Thread) manual, pneumatic and battery grease guns.
This attachment will work well at reasonable angles to the fitting, but unfortunately it is a relatively long attachment and if there are any obstructions, you may have trouble reaching the grease zerk. Provided you can line up the coupler and lock it onto the fitting, all that’s left is to operate the grease gun to insert the grease.
This grease coupler is well built, sturdy, and will last you. It is rebuildable and comes included with an extra seal kit in the event that the seal wears out or is damaged during use. It’s estimated that each seal should last approximately 2 months of heavy use, which means that if you’re only using it occasionally, this should last quite a while.
12 Volt Junior Automatic Battery Charger by Battery Tender
One of the most common problems that cars run into, especially during winter, is to have their battery die on them. The Automatic Battery Charger by Battery Tender can be plugged in via the 12 ft cord and hooked up to recharge your battery. It may not be a permanent solution but it might be enough to get you to the auto store where you can get a new battery switched out. This charger is perfect for charging flooded, sealed maintenance-free, marine, and 12-volt lead-acid batteries.
Lightweight and fully automatic, this charger can be left on your battery without worry of overcharging due to a reactive built-in 4-step charging program. It even has a safety timer that will automatically stop at 80 hours. A two-LED system will indicate what the state of the charger is and the charging will resume if the battery voltage drops too far under load. If your car has been sitting for awhile and the battery just needs a little pick me up, it’s always good to have a battery charger on hand.
Bluetooth Pro OBDII Scan Tool by BlueDriver
If your car has an OBDII port, then having a scan tool like the Bluetooth Pro OBDII Scan Tool by BlueDriver is a must have for any car guru. This will allow you to read check engine lights, clear your check engine lights, and get diagnostic information about your car while it is running. It syncs up with your iPhone or Android and allows you to read the diagnostic information in an easy to view format on your phone. The included app will even give you Live Data to view your short term and long term fuel trim data.
There are no additional fees to use the app, as it is included with the purchase of the device. You can even leave this device plugged in while you’re driving to view real time data through your phone about how your car is performing. If you’re tired of taking your car to an auto supply store or your local mechanic to have your codes read so you can figure out what needs fixed, this is a necessary tool to have around the garage.
Digital Tire Pressure Gauge by AstroAI
If your check tire pressure light comes on or you just need to check your old tires, this Digital Tire Pressure Gauge by AstroAl will digitally tell you what PSI your tires are at. It even includes a lighted nozzle and a backlit display so that when you need to check your tires in the dark, you can do so. Small and compact, this can easily fit inside the glovebox of your car so you can have it ready when you need it most. The non-slip texture and ergonomic design allows anyone to grip it and hold onto it easily.
In order to obtain optimal mileage out of your car, you’ll typically want your tires all to be the same pressure. This will also help to prevent uneven wear on your tires if they are inflated correctly. This pressure gauge features 4 display options, between PSI, BAR, KPA, and Kg/Cm2. This versatile gauge will can be used to check the tire pressure on your bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, cars, SUVs, and RVs.