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Going on a trip, What to check?!?
Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:56 AM
Now, I am leaving for Washington D.C. this weekend with my g/f and would prefer not to have to stop at a mechanic, or call AAA on the way there from Connecticut. Is there anything I should have them check tomorrow? I don't want them to try and sell me crap I don't need, or do services I do not need either. I just had my oil changed about 1,000 miles ago, so it is in pretty good shape, and now that I think of it, they will have to change the oil tomorrow anyway.
Anything I should have them check/do? I am somewhat handy myself, and if there is anything I should do on my own, feel free to pipe in!
Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:06 PM
Look at it this way. Should the car burn on the way there, you'll know how to put off the fire, should you have a heart attach from the fire, you should know how to handle that. And if the fire looks good, you know how to take pictures and post them on the board.:rollin:
Guest_1 Lucky Texan_*
Posted 29 July 2003 - 04:37 PM
One approach is, what might be likely to cause a breakdown/problem over time/distance but not around town? I'd say cooling issues and tires. On AWD vehicles you might say more specifically tire pressure/circumference.
The next question is, what to do after a breakdown. Do you want maximum ability to do roadside repairs or do you just want to communicate safely with a tow service?
What weather related or day/night cycles are involved? Would you also want to be prepared to assist another motorist? What about yourself and others if involved in an accident?
Some folks that have a newer and well maintained vehicle just checked out by the dealer may be fine setting out across country with 1 or 2 burly guys, a coupla credit cards and a roaming cell phone.
A petit lady alone in a 12 year old vehicle that slowly leaks coolant,has the CEL on, has a 3 year old battery, mismatched tires and plans to travel on secondary roads at night? Well....
1 Lucky Texan
Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:22 PM
transmission fluid change and check front diff oil (if an automatic)
front diff/tranny oil change (if manual)
Check the brake pads for adequate material and check the lines for bulging or leaking. A brake fluid flush is suggested too.
If it has been awhile you might want to get an alignment and wheel balancing done. I recently went on a bone jarring 500 mile round trip which could have been made MUCH more pleasant if I had recently balanced my wheels.
I also suggest carrying with you a spare set of headlight bulbs, a container of 50/50 water/antifreeze (you can buy it premixed for convenience), a fully inflated spare tire and/or patch kit, a flashlight, a towel, and a portable fire extinguisher.
I also highly suggest bringing some excellent music.
Posted 30 July 2003 - 08:38 AM
Posted 30 July 2003 - 08:42 AM
Have you done routine maintnance acording to the manual?
Do you trust your vehicle to take you there and back?
If you answer no to any of the questions, I suggest you rent a car with unlimited miles so you don't have to worry about anthing except for traffic. You should still take care of your car but even with that, anything can happen during your trip.
Guest_1 Lucky Texan_*
Posted 30 July 2003 - 09:43 AM
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Posted 30 July 2003 - 10:13 AM
Here are the things I did before we left. Many were routine maintenance items that were due.
ATF and filter
Oil and filter
I general just make sure your car is in the best condition possible. I also take a box of tools, including every fluid, funnels, flashlight, jumper cables, etc.
Good luck, and have fun!
Posted 18 August 2003 - 07:30 PM
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:14 PM
Do be sure to keep a mental note of nearby exits/landmarks. I don't think it's easy to triangulate your position yet. You will need to give general directions to 911 in an emergency. Also, flatbed tows only for AWD Soobs OK?
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