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Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? #4499139
08/27/17 05:25 AM
08/27/17 05:25 AM
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Farmer Offline OP
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Planning to go to the province next over to do some errands, it will be a round trip of 2800km. I rarely do road trips, the most I've done for a trip would be 400km/250mi. What are some things to inspect and bring along prior to leaving? I'll be taking a 2010 Dodge 3500 6.7L. On my list so far I have:

Check oil
Trans fluid level
F/R differential and transfer case fluid level
Coolant level
W/W fluid top up
Tire pressure

Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499151
08/27/17 06:17 AM
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Check condition & pressure of spare tire.
Break loose and re-tighten to spec all lug nuts.
Bring a 4-way lug wrench and a decent bottle jack.

Brake pad material remaining?
Spare fuel filter(s) and tools needed to change.


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499154
08/27/17 06:26 AM
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Tennessee
Hoses, belts, spare tire. Get the battery and alternator tested at an auto parts store you trust. Carry some cash with you. $100 can get you out of a lot of minor jams.


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499157
08/27/17 06:35 AM
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Soviet State of Washington
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Flashlight or lantern if you will be on the road at night.
Extra quart of oil.


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499171
08/27/17 07:05 AM
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dayton oh
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tires and cooling systems account for the lions share of highway breakdowns.
and belts.
as mentioned be sure you can change a tire with the tools on board.and that the spare is good.
a basic tool set,air compressor,and a jump box are a good idea.
a good flashlight or even better a headlamp is a must have.

Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499183
08/27/17 07:30 AM
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How well do you maintain your vehicle for normal driving?

Go from there.


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499184
08/27/17 07:34 AM
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flaslight or lantern, serpertine belt, spare coolant and oil fluid (1 qt enough), enough cash just in case, some snacks, music banks (spotify, cds), prepare navigation and route


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499190
08/27/17 07:42 AM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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If it we're an older Jaguar I would say have mechanic follow you in his truck.


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2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499192
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gloves and hand wipes. ELM327 OBDII dongle (to your phone) if you pop a CEL and wonder what it is.

Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499194
08/27/17 07:45 AM
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Donald Offline
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My new tool to carry in my pickup is an OBDII scanner.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499215
08/27/17 08:17 AM
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If it were me? Tire pressure and oil level only. Everything else is fine since I last checked


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499216
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If it were me? Tire pressure and oil level only. Everything else is fine since I last checked


08 Honda Accord EX-L 2.4L M1 EP 0w20 145k
01 Kymco People 50
95 Lexus LS400 M1 AFE 0w30 193k
95 Yamaha Jog
Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499270
08/27/17 09:29 AM
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Texas,USA
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Texas,USA
1. Check tire pressure. Spare included.
2. Check fluid levels.
3. Inspect wipers.
4. Inspect belts and hoses.
5. Always fill up with quality gas before the trip. You never know where you'll have to stop to fill up and what the quality of the fuel will be.
6. Enjoy the road trip.


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499448
08/27/17 01:07 PM
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The Northeast
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As long as you've kept up with maintenance, a quick check of fluids and tires should suffice.


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Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer] #4499505
08/27/17 02:19 PM
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London, England
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I would check all fluids, tyres and brakes.


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