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#3418217 - 07/08/14 12:52 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 73
Loc: Montana
Of course hoses have been checked and so on. I am going to change the coolant though. I think its overdue.

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#3418255 - 07/08/14 01:20 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Registered: 02/01/09
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Loc: Texas
A 30-weight (5w30, 10w30) is adequate for a smallblock Chevy in any ambient temperature, providing everything is in good shape and it isn't needing to "band-aid" a problem like worn bearings or a weak oil pump. 10w40 is already overkill, no need for anything else. Especially Lucas Mucus, which can lead to foaming problems.

When operating in high ambient temnps (and 95-100 isn't what I'd consider "high" at all) its most important to focus on the cooling system- belts, hoses, radiator clean (both air and coolant passages), coolant condition, radiator cap, fan(s), and overflow tank, etc.
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#3418297 - 07/08/14 01:44 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Check your battery.If it's old it could let you down in that heat.
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#3418357 - 07/08/14 02:25 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Registered: 07/22/05
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Does Lucas make anything for the cooling system? If yes, add it. That way you will *feel* comfortable.

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#3418394 - 07/08/14 02:56 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
opus Offline


Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Montana
LOL, all is good. Just changing the coolant now and I'll call it good.

[Mental note; next time remove thermostat to speed process].

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#3418407 - 07/08/14 03:06 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
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Originally Posted By: opus
I am going to change the coolant though. I think its overdue.


If it's overdue, yes, change it. thumbsup
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#3418554 - 07/08/14 05:30 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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And make sure you bleed the system properly otherwise you will have more problems than if you leave the coolant alone.

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#3418623 - 07/08/14 06:24 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
opus Offline


Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Montana
We'd always park back end in a ditch and raise the engine to get the air bubbles out. smile

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#3418845 - 07/08/14 08:57 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Registered: 06/23/09
Posts: 16
Loc: Michigan
Any weak tires like to blow out when it gets real hot. Make sure the spare is inflated, and your jack is serviceable with all the parts there.
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#3418915 - 07/08/14 09:40 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 1270
Loc: n.c.
We all sound like mother hens....just go...and be safe, don't speed, take plenty of clean underwear, send us a post card, and let us know how your oil performed when you get back. geez!

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#3418922 - 07/08/14 09:48 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
opus Offline


Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 73
Loc: Montana
No kidding geeeee....

Its all good. For all anyone knows I'm a 20 year old kid thats never turned a wrench. I dont even remember being 20! Just wanted everyones take on it.

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#3419137 - 07/09/14 03:34 AM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: opus]
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Registered: 02/03/06
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Well, at least change the Coolant, "as you said it's overdue"....

That makes sense. Unless people don't make sense anymore...

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#3427046 - 07/16/14 10:41 PM Re: 95+ degree travel [Re: Oil Changer]
another Todd Offline


Registered: 05/15/06
Posts: 1974
Loc: Southern CA
Originally Posted By: Oil Changer
You will be fine with the 10W-40. If you're itchin' to change the oil before the trip, your choices are almost limitless. SAE 30 or 40, an HDEO 10W-30 like Rotella T5 or Delo. 5 or 15W40 HDEO, an HM 10W30 or 40...like I said, endless. Skip the Lucas. That's what I think.


If you are worried I would suggest the HDEO 15-40. Delo 400LE is less than 12 bucks a gallon at Walmart's around here and it is a very robust oil, as are the other HDEO oils.
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