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3 Top Tools and Devices You Need in Your Car

You rely on your car to get you to and from your destination safely. But just like anything else, cars eventually break down or have problems. Most of these problems will need to be fixed by a mechanic, but you can tackle some small issues on your own. If your battery dies or your car is driving a little rougher than usual, you may be able to diagnose and even fix the problem yourself.

In order to do this, you’ll need to make sure that you have the right tools on hand. Here are three top tools and devices to keep in your car.

1. Car Battery Tester

If your car won’t start, you may be wondering whether your battery is drained or completely dead. A car battery tester will tell you the state of your battery, so you know whether you just need a jump, an entirely new battery, or if something else is going on.

Battery testers can analyze and read important battery data, such as internal resistance, voltage, AH capacity and cold cranking amp. Some will also give you an indicator of your battery’s health and status of charge.

Some testers are more advanced than others. More advanced models will have graphical and text displays so that you better understand what’s going on with your battery.

The Ancel BA101 tester, for example, is compact and features a bright graphical display. This tester costs a bit more than others, but it can be used to test batteries on motorcycles and boats as well as cars. It will tell you everything you need to know about your battery, including: cranking power, voltage, charge, and how much juice is left in the battery. There’s also a 3-foot long cable that features thick, flexible insulator which makes it safer than others on the market.

The Motopower MP0514A is a budget-friendly option that’s just as reliable and effective as more expensive options. A quick reading will tell you whether you just need a jump or an entire battery replacement. This tester also has over-voltage and reverse-hookup protection for added safety. It will also tell you the status of your alternator, which can also make it difficult to start up your car.

A car battery tester is a simple, inexpensive gadget that every car owner should have on hand. The next time your car won’t start, you’ll know whether you just need a jump, a new battery, or a new alternator.

2. Tire Pressure Gauge

Your car is driving a little rougher than usual. Is something wrong under the hood, or is it just your tires? An air pressure gauge will tell you if you need to put air in your tires. It will also help make sure that you add just the right amount of air when filling up at the gas station.

You’ll find both digital and traditional models. Both are inexpensive, and a really handy tool to have if you’re having issues with tire pressure.

The AstroAI digital tire pressure gauge has four settings with a range of 0-150 PSI, and a backlit display. It will work with bikes, cars and trucks. This tool has a handy nozzle that easily creates a seal on the valve stem to provide an accurate reading. What I really like about this tool is that it’s compact enough to easily fit in your glove box. The backlit LCD display also makes it easy to see the reading in the dark.

If you prefer a traditional gauge, there’s a heavy-duty option from Rhino USA. Snap-on quality, a “no-leak” braided hose and a 360-degree swivel make it easy to get an accurate pressure reading. The dial glows in the dark, so it’s easy to see your reading whether it’s night or day.

A tire pressure gauge is an inexpensive tool that every driver should have in the glove box.

3. Battery Jump Starter

Earlier we talked about the importance of having a battery tester. It’s a helpful tool that will tell you whether you need a jump or a new battery. But if you do need a jump, you’ll still need to find or call someone to help – unless you have a battery jump starter.

With a jump starter, you don’t need another vehicle to get your car up and running again. The jumper itself is a battery with two connecting cables that attach to your battery. As long as it’s fully charged, it should have enough power to jumpstart your battery and send you on your way.

You might think that a tool like this would be expensive, but it isn’t. You can pick up a good jump starter for less than $100.

The NOCO Boost Plus GB40 comes in a variety of amp options, including: 1000 amps, 1500 amps, 2000 amps, 20,000 amps, 400 amps and 4000 amps. This model has a safe, mistake-proof design with spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection. Most vehicles jumpstart in 1-3 seconds. There’s also an integrated LED flashlight with seven modes: low, medium, high, strobe, flashing and emergency SOS. You can even use this device to recharge your tablets, smartphones and other USB devices. It’s a worthwhile device to have in case of an emergency.

If you want a more budget-friendly option, the GOOLOO 800A may be a good option for you. This starter has enough power to jump most vehicles, including ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, yachts, motorbikes and watercrafts. This model has five safety features and an LED light with several modes, including SOS and strobe for emergencies.

These three tools will help you diagnose simple problems with your vehicle and may potentially get you out of an emergency situation quickly and safely. I also recommend that you keep FIXD in your glove box in case your check engine light comes on. This is my favorite gadget to have on hand. It can help diagnose your car problem before you even get to the mechanic, so you know exactly what needs to be done.

June 19, 2019

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