Mechanics: what are your most common tools?

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    Those must be as common as seals in SK.
     
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    I haven't gotten to the point where I can finish to many jobs with my eyes closed.:cool:
     
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    Ill be honest Mendel i have never used the impacta part. I had heard good things but not used it. But there still the worlds best Phillips screwdrivers.
     
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    10mm socket for the win.
     
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    Not sure if I’ve posted this before; short video on installing a Riv-Nut in tight place, where the official tool couldn’t fit:

     
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    And spark plugs in my 3rd gen.
     
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    This has been a great discussion!

    If you had to pair that down to an emergency kit to fit in some hidden cavity in the Prius (now the later model Priuses) what tools would you keep handy?
     
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    In the car, I keep a socket & 1/2" drive breaker bar for lug nuts, a tire plug kit, an adjustable wrench, Phillips & straight screwdrivers, needle nosed and adjustable pliers. That's in a tool bag in the EVSE cable storage area. And I have my Leatherman tool in the armrest console up front.
     
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    I looked at a Gen 4 one day at the dealer and walked away shaking my head because its hidden cavities are so skimpy compared to Gen 3, I couldn't imagine getting my customary complement of tools in it anywhere.
     
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    I have been noticing the reduction with each new model.... my latest change was from the 2010 Gen 3 to 2012 PIP and lost a good chunk of the trunk, lost spare tire, extra hidden spaces...and the current gen smaller still.
     
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    I carry some fluids, a flashlight, drinking water, air compressor, battery booster, lugnut cross wrench, cell phone with a OBD2 adapter, and a small multi-tool.

    Things are so complex on newer cars that it's futile to carry around 50+ pounds of tools "just in case" when it's highly likely that I can't do anything outside my shop anyway.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    My 2010 Prius calls for a #10 twelve point socket for the removal of the connecting rod bolts since I am changing out the pistons and adding new piston rings. A 6 point metric socket will not fit. The main bearing caps also calls for a 12 point metric socket
     
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    In the car, I keep a battery jumper, tire plug kit, air compressor and first aid kit.

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    A few more in-car items to consider, not mentioned directly above:

    reflective vest
    Gloves
    Flashlight
    Signal cone or triangle
    Heavy/bendable wire (twist tie purpose)
    Tape
     
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    I would edit slightly: 10mm DEEP socket. 1/4 drive.

    I can do a crazy amount of work with just that (plus the ratchet, obviously) on my Honda and Toyota. In fact, it's the first thing I pick up even if it's a new-to-me job. 90% of the time, it's the right tool. Sometimes I need an extension or two...

    I used to have a Canadian-made Pontiac. Not only was every nut and bolt a different size, sometimes the nut would be SAE and the bolt head would be metric :cautious:
     
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