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Old 09-06-2014, 06:19 PM
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Anytime a family member becomes a new driver I always advise them to get a small tool kit, a small floor jack, port air compressor and jumper cables for the trunk. If they are close I'll make them a Christmas gift of these items.

The other night a cousin of mine broke down with a dead battery, I was on my scooter when I got the call so I went over to find the cheapest jumper cables you could imagine, looked like dollar store brand.

They heated up so much during the jump start I almost burned my hands, don't go cheap!
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Anytime a family member becomes a new driver I always advise them to get a small tool kit, a small floor jack, port air compressor and jumper cables for the trunk. If they are close I'll make them a Christmas gift of these items.

The other night a cousin of mine broke down with a dead battery, I was on my scooter when I got the call so I went over to find the cheapest jumper cables you could imagine, looked like dollar store brand.

They heated up so much during the jump start I almost burned my hands, don't go cheap!
Or just add cheap gloves.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:02 PM
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You jumped him on your scooter?
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It's hard to find good quality cables anymore, no matter what you are paying.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:12 PM
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You jumped him on your scooter?
No used her Dad's car but he was at work, frankly he might have hooked them up wrong anyway.
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Hooked up some of buddies to my truck, melted the insulation off and the wires stuck together. Made a huge damn mess. Ruined my friends battery too.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
Anytime a family member becomes a new driver I always advise them to get a small tool kit, a small floor jack, port air compressor and jumper cables for the trunk. If they are close I'll make them a Christmas gift of these items.
A better gift is a AAA membership - let the professionals handle it.
Although I pretty handy, and keep two tool boxes and a collection of spare parts on my boat - other than a portable air compressor a changeable bit screwdriver, led flashlight, roll of electrical tape and a cheap multi-tool (none of which I expect to use on the car) I don't carry any tools, jumper cables or anything else beyond the AAA card.
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