A must-have item for every vehicle owner is Rescue Tape, which is a silicon-based, self-fusing product with extreme strength. Wrap it around a hose to plug various leaks under the hood, use it for temporary repairs to metal (such as brake lines) and create a waterproof barrier around electrical connections. The manufacturer claims it can even serve as an emergency fan belt. Wet, dirty or oily surfaces will not affect its performance and Rescue Tape will adhere to surfaces up to 500 F. There’s no gummy residue once it has been removed since it lacks an adhesive-backed surface. Rescue Tape is available in a number of colors at many hardware and auto-supply stores and directly from the manufacturer for $25 for two rolls (12 feet of tape each) at www.rescuetape.com.