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Long trip preparation

I am getting ready to go from il to WV. I just performed oil change tire psi adjustment topped of fluids checked spare and filled up have Jack and lug tool. Anything else?

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Re: Long trip preparation

Nothing that pops out at me. I normally do oil change, rotate tires, check spare, fluids and tools, and bring "the bag" (extra quart of oil, radiator fluid, power steering, etc.)
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Re: Long trip preparation

Oh...gas. You should get gas.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:04 PM
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Re: Long trip preparation

I always have my code reader with, just in case something pops up. Otherwise jack, wrench, tires aired up and some spare fluids just in case and you should be ok. For sure a gallon of antifreeze, if it starts to leak or overheats its much better to have some than need a 50 mile tow or risk overheating the engine.
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Re: Long trip preparation

I carry a code reader in my truck too. I also carry a first aid kit, a blanket, a toolbag with the basics, gloves, and always a spare serp belt, flashlight, knife, and where legal, I bring the 9. Before long trips, I also like to dump a seafoam fuel treatment or something in. That's just me though...
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^^^ I was gonna ask what additives to drop in tank to help clean injectors. Heads are fresh just rebuilt motor 6 k ago

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Safe to do a trans service? Dealer wants 150 with fluid filters labor

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Re: Long trip preparation

I use Lucas pretty regularly, but on a long trip, I do the Seafoam fuel treatment. That way I know I'm burning through the whole can without watering it down. I tend to top off regularly, but not on long trips. As for trans service, that can't hurt. $150 sounds pretty reasonable for everything.
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Re: Long trip preparation

Tony brought up a good point. Always give that belt a once over.Nothing will shut you down quicker than a broken serpentine belt.If I haven't changed brakes in a while I give them a look too. Nothing sucks worse than a pad wearing out in the middle of a trip.
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I am hearing belt squeeking in.cold startups so good call belt being done tomorrow

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I am hearing belt squeeking in.cold startups so good call belt being done tomorrow

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Do the old "long screwdriver to the ear" trick on the water pump. Squeaking could be a pulley or accessory starting to go. If you can find one, Gatorbacks are awesome belts. I tossed the old one in the spare tire well...just in case.
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