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Hey everyone. Not sure if this is the right place to post this but I was just wondering what the most common socket/wrench sizes the gen 2 Cruze uses. I'm visiting my folks and I have all of my tools here so I was going to throw together a small toolbox to take back with me when I head back. I just don't have space at my apartment to take Everything you know?

I know that's a super broad question but I'd imagine those here that have been servicing their cars a while probably have seen some common sizes. Any other common suggestions are welcome!

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I dont know alot but the ones I used when messing with seats, battery, and head unit were 10mm on the battery....7mm on the head unit, and T50 Torx for the seat bolts.
 

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Thanks! So it sounds like GM is mostly metric with this car? I won't even bother with standard sizes if that's the case which will help a lot.
 

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Thanks! So it sounds like GM is mostly metric with this car? I won't even bother with standard sizes if that's the case which will help a lot.
8, 10, 13 and 15mm are very common sizes for GM. I think they do a great job of minimizing the number of sizes they use.

I'm pretty sure everything is metric nowadays. Altho there are a few sizes that are near perfect fits for SAE tools: 19mm and ¾" are nearly indistinguishable. (Which explains why I was oblivious to the change in GM lug nuts from SAE to metric :) )

Take all the tools you can carry. And that still won't be enough :) But the more stuff you have, the fewer trips back to Mom and Dad's house you'll be making.

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7, 8, 10, 14, 17, long necked flat and phillips, 14mm spark plug socket, those should be able to accomplish most of the things you'd like to do.
 

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Throw in a few Torx bits too. I've run into a few on the Cruze, but they were more common on the Gen 1.
 

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Metric has been the standard since 81. Although I thiink the heavy duty stuff still uses SAE.


So basically a complete socket set. torx and screw drivers. Ratchets and extentions.

If you really wanna be prepared. Floor jack. Air tools. Diagnostic scanner. Test light. yada yada.
 

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One thing that would come in very handy is tire plugs and a 12v tire pump. For flat tires. Instead of running it till the tire shreds off and damages the rim.
 

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Stop off at Harbor Freight and make up ( cheap ) a tool kit you can carry in the trunk. Their tools are fairly good quality and guaranteed for life. A guy at the check out said if you have a problem with one of their tools, just bring it back for an exchange - you don't even need to show a receipt.

I can't believe some of their prices. I bought a 4-bit combination screwdriver for $1.99 .
 

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Good idea!
I like to carry a small set of basic tools when I do a long road trip just in case. I have had to stop more than a few times in the past to do minor jobs on the road and sometimes I had to buy tools to make the repair.
 

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Tools? I don't need no stinking tools!

117,000 miles on my '17 Hatch, and not a single problem that needs fixing yet! lol
Wish I could say that.

Mine is starting to become non operational. NO REMOTE DETECTED.

J posted a TSB on the matter.
But a tool kit on the road wouldn't allow you to fix that issue. **** you couldn't even diagnose that issue without a scan tool and access to GM service information.

Gen2s are proving to be good reliable little cars. I think 99.44% of people would do more harm than good to their car by carrying a tool kit.


But for Gen2 a kit with an assortment of ratchets, socket universal joint, socket extensions, #2 Phillips, 3/16" slotted screwdrivers, 5.5, 7, 8, 10,11,13-19mm sockets, T15, T20, T30 torx, regular slip joint and needle nose pliers, should allow a normal person to do any conceivable maintenance, and a huge percentage of repairs, skipping out really only on driveline and major suspension components.
 

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But a tool kit on the road wouldn't allow you to fix that issue. **** you couldn't even diagnose that issue without a scan tool and access to GM service information.

Gen2s are proving to be good reliable little cars. I think 99.44% of people would do more harm than good to their car by carrying a tool kit.


But for Gen2 a kit with an assortment of ratchets, socket universal joint, socket extensions, #2 Phillips, 3/16" slotted screwdrivers, 5.5, 7, 8, 10,11,13-19mm sockets, T15, T20, T30 torx, regular slip joint and needle nose pliers, should allow a normal person to do any conceivable maintenance, and a huge percentage of repairs, skipping out really only on driveline and major suspension components.
If I walk away from the car for about 15 minutes after it throws it's tantrum and honks the horn and all that BS. It works again.

Just a slight minor inconvenience. LOL.

The only time it's happened is getting gas.
 

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Haha problem solved right!?

Yeah I'm not trying to rebuild my car on the highway, I just want to be able to change my oil, change my brake pads, replace my filters, etc. I'm under warranty still for a while so anything major and it's going straight to the dealer anyway.

I just feel better about having a good idea of her health before I take it anywhere. This will give me that peace of mind ?
 

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Being a retired mechanic. I usually fixed anything that might need fixing before road trip. No tools necessary on such trips.

Today's cars makes it a little tougher though.
 
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