Originally Posted by mikeexplorer
That is a good idea, but I would also need the jack and lug nut tool.
Bah, you can buy a cheap scissor jack
anywhere for $15-$20, and you are better off with your own wrench. Takes a good pull on the flippin 8 inch long excuse for a tire wrench that comes OEM, not to mention far worse than getting the wheel off it is really hard
for many people to be sure you got the lug bolts back ON with enough torque to ensure the spare won't come flying off a couple miles down the road.
For a measly $7 you can carry a nice 22 inch beam-type torque wrench
that not only ensures you have ample leverage to remove the tire, but being that it is also a torque wrench you can drive off easy knowing you actually put the lug bolts back in properly rather than guessing with a stubby crap OEM tire wrench. The 1/2 inch drive socket you can buy individually cheap enough, but there is plenty of room its not a bad idea to have the most popular four sizes of sockets in case you stop to help someone else with a different car.
I always carry one of those inexpensive beam torque wrenches along with the most popular lug nut size sockets. The factory jack is fine since I already had it but any little scissor jack like that will surely fit somewhere under the floor panel. Could buy your own foam if you care about how it looks under there, otherwise just wrap the jack and tools in an old shirt or two. You are going to need rags anyways if you seriously intend to change your own flat tire on the side of the road.
I'm about at the point where I am going to have to remove the factory foam that surrounds the spare and holds the jack, I need those cubic inches for all the extras I like to keep with me. Have basic tools, spare fluids, heavy tape and big zip ties, jumper cables, tow straps, first aid, fire extinguisher, ammo... always be prepared!