SPARES & TOOLS (in the boot for emergencies)
For normal day to day motoring in the UK we suggest you carry the following spares:-
SPARE KEYS (hidden in the car or securely under the bonnet)
SET OF BULBS & FUSES (10 & 16 amp)
IGNITION COIL. See Hints & Tips re how to temporarily substitute a coil if the car won't start.
SPARK PLUGS and a pair of PLUG LEADS.
FUEL PIPE. A length of 4.5mm fuel pipe will be useful if yours developes a leak between the front chassis leg and fuel pump or between the pump and the carburettor. Replacing the pipe between the tank and the chassis rail is possible but not a job to be relished at the roadside. The pipe from front to back of the chassis rail isn't likely to cause a problem.
ALTERNATOR (FAN) BELT. A broken belt will not result in the car overheating as would happen with more conventional cars but it will result in the battery going flat, particularly if you have the lights on.
POINTS & CONDENSER. It is the condenser which is most likely to fail without notice but the points box has to be removed to replace it. Carrying a complete box, already assembled with points and condenser, will make roadside replacement much quicker. See Points & Timing in the Technical Index.
THROTTLE CABLE & RETURN SPRING. The spring could break at any time. It takes less than a minute to replace. The alternative is to drive home with the engine on maximum revs all the way! You could try a seat rubber as a "get you home" repair if you haven't got a spring. Replacing the cable takes a bit longer but if yours breaks you'll be glad you carried a spare.
CLUTCH CABLE. See Technical Index as to how to replace it.
Many 2CVers carry a few spares and tools in the boot to deal with roadside breakdowns. This is a list of items we suggest you carry without taking up too much room. Their presence in the boot or under the seat will give you peace of mind even if you never use them!
TYRE PRESSURE GAUGE
SET OF SCREWDRIVERS. Flat blade and crosshead of varying lengths.
RING & OPEN ENDED SPANNERS. In particular 8mm & 11mm. To change a clutch cable you will need 16mm & 19mm open ended for the cable adjuster nuts.
SOCKET SET. Including 14mm and extension bar to remove fan.
PLIERS / WIRE CUTTERS.
JACK & WHEEL CHOCK. The jack supplied with the car is probably sufficient for roadside emergencies but get a good trolley jack for work at home.
HAMMER (Tool of last resort!)
MOLE GRIP. (We know of a car which had been into an official dealer for a driveshaft repair. When returned to its owner it had a Mole grip securely clamped to its clutch cable adjusters so a Mole grip is obviously an official Citroen tool. It also had the mechanic's name scratched into it! We suggest 16 & 19mm open ended spanners to adjust clutch cables).
NUTS & BOLTS.You never know when one might work loose and drop out. M5 & M7 (8 & 11mm heads respectively) are the most common sizes on a 2CV.
ELECTRICAL CABLE, INSULATING TAPE & ELECTRICAL JOINERS.
For the longer trips abroad you could consider adding the following:-
SMALL OIL CAN
LARGE ADJUSTABLE SPANNER
SWISS ARMY KNIFE
AEROSOL PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT
For longer trips abroad you should check on the legal requirements of the countries you are visiting as to what you MUST carry. Depending on the country, these could include WARNING TRIANGLE, REFLECTIVE JACKET, FIRE EXTINGUISHER, FIRST AID KIT and SPARE FUEL. We would also add the following spares to the above list:-
SUMP PLUG WASHERS
PLUG THREAD REPAIR KIT
CRANKSHAFT SEALS (We don't suggest you replace these at the roadside but they won't take up any room and having one available for the nearest garage will save him scratching his head as to where he can get one!)
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