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#4499139 - 08/27/17 05:25 AM Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure?
Farmer Offline


Registered: 08/05/15
Posts: 1111
Loc: BC Canada
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

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#4499151 - 08/27/17 06:17 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
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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#4499154 - 08/27/17 06:26 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
OTCW Offline


Registered: 05/07/17
Posts: 49
Loc: 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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#4499157 - 08/27/17 06:35 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
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Flashlight or lantern if you will be on the road at night.
Extra quart of oil.
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#4499171 - 08/27/17 07:05 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
kc8adu Offline


Registered: 08/02/05
Posts: 894
Loc: dayton oh
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.

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#4499183 - 08/27/17 07:30 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20469
Loc: Upstate NY
How well do you maintain your vehicle for normal driving?

Go from there.
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#4499184 - 08/27/17 07:34 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
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Registered: 05/14/15
Posts: 227
Loc: Indonesia
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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#4499190 - 08/27/17 07:42 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
If it we're an older Jaguar I would say have mechanic follow you in his truck.
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#4499192 - 08/27/17 07:42 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32665
Loc: ME
gloves and hand wipes. ELM327 OBDII dongle (to your phone) if you pop a CEL and wonder what it is.

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#4499194 - 08/27/17 07:45 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
My new tool to carry in my pickup is an OBDII scanner.
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#4499215 - 08/27/17 08:17 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
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Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 2950
Loc: Chicago, IL
If it were me? Tire pressure and oil level only. Everything else is fine since I last checked
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#4499216 - 08/27/17 08:17 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
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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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#4499270 - 08/27/17 09:29 AM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
ATex7239 Offline


Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 331
Loc: 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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#4499448 - 08/27/17 01:07 PM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2233
Loc: The Northeast
As long as you've kept up with maintenance, a quick check of fluids and tires should suffice.
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#4499505 - 08/27/17 02:19 PM Re: Roadtrip? What to inspect prior to departure? [Re: Farmer]
bigjl Offline


Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 2220
Loc: London, England
I would check all fluids, tyres and brakes.
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