May 12, 2014
Survival Skills: Make Some Emergency Vehicle Repairs - 1
by Tim MacWelch
After a disaster, or in the middle of nowhere, it may fall on you to patch up your own damaged vehicle. In addition to some hand tools and basic survival supplies, you should carry in your vehicle some specialized tools and materials to be more self-reliant and able get the job done. This is where a little forethought and planning can make all the difference. Consider learning the following tricks and carrying these items for emergency roadside repairs that will keep your vehicle running, no matter what.
Plug Set and Portable Air Compressor
Gas Tank Patch
Automotive Duct Tape
And don’t hesitate to be creative. A friend who owns an automotive repair shop in North Carolina told me of a roadside fix he once performed for a stranger to get him out of a remote mountain area and back to civilization. The man had a leak in his engine coolant system. His radiator was dry and the vehicle was overheated. Neither driver had any water, or anything to carry water up the mountain from a stream far below. And while it’s not advisable to run your vehicle’s engine on any fluid other than a water/coolant mix, my friend was forced to improvise. He disconnected the washer fluid line and placed it into the radiator reservoir. Hitting the button to wash the windshield pumped the alcohol-and-water mix into the thirsty coolant reservoir, and got the driver back on the road—with the recommendation of a good place to get a professional patch job and a flush-and-fill of on his coolant system.
Tell us in the comments what you carry to perform your own repairs and keep your vehicle running.