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You're About To Drive Cross Country... #4723574
04/11/18 11:07 AM
04/11/18 11:07 AM
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Virginia
Globalksp Offline OP
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So, you get itchy feet and want to hop in the car and drive cross country from Virginia to California because, why not!?

You drive a 2007 Honda Fit, 5 Speed with 113,000 on the clock and multiple, A+ UOA's. Within the past year, you've changed the plugs, coils, and you'll put on new brakes before you leave and your roadside service is active. The car hasn't given you any trouble and the tires have 'enough' tread on them to make the round trip.

What else would you do in preparation? What spare parts would you pack (considering you're driving during a weekend) considering you can repair most things yourself?

Thanks!


2007 Honda Fit Sport Manual
Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723578
04/11/18 11:13 AM
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Make sure the spare is full of air, change out the pcv valve with an oem unit esp if the original is still in there.

Check fluid levels often during the trip. Wax the front end, get some Poorboys Bug Squash which also removes road tar. Available on Autogeek.com

Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723583
04/11/18 11:20 AM
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Make sure the cooling system is in good shape. That will be your weakest link in a 10 yr old car. The radiator and t-stat are most suspect.


2011 Toyota Prius - 181k - M1 EP/EP HM Mix 0W-20
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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723584
04/11/18 11:21 AM
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Drive to the closest airport and just buy a ticket for a direct flight. My sciatic nerve pain just starts twitching at the thought of a long car ride like that. My parents are in their 80s and drive back and forth between southern Arizona dna Cincinnati several times a year...1800 miles in 3 days. I can'e even imagine.


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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723586
04/11/18 11:22 AM
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If it is an option, I would seriously consider renting a car. Rentals are so cheap nowadays and in situations like this, it is better to be driving a new car that can be quickly replaced if anything goes south.


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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723587
04/11/18 11:22 AM
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Probably nothing, unless there's some common part that fails and stops the car? Is your battery very old? We had an alternator go out once and the battery was 8 years old, so it was probably the cause.
I'd just have a look underneath to make sure nothing important is leaking, check the fluids up top, and go enjoy the trip!
Also schedule some time for detours along the way, we've driven to the west coast a couple times and my only regret was not having enough time to see more things.


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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723594
04/11/18 11:26 AM
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I can see the allure of driving cross country but I would rent a car and fly back. That return trip may seem SUPER long.

Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723596
04/11/18 11:27 AM
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Use an inferred temperature gauge to check the temperature on the brakes right after you have driven it for several miles.

Sometimes when you put new brake-shoes on the pistons on the caliper or wheel cylinder has rust in an area that was not being used and is now being used, and this causes the caliper or wheel cylinder to not completely release when the brake is not being applied. This causes the brakes to rub more than normal and causes the brakes to get too hot. This is tricky to catch because it can rub enough to create the excess heat, but not hard enough to cause the wheel to not turn. This can cause the brakes to over-heat and if they get hot enough with the speeds seen when driving on a highway, the brake fluid can get hot enough to boil and create gas in the brake system that makes the brakes not work.


Last edited by JimPghPA; 04/11/18 11:39 AM.

Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723597
04/11/18 11:30 AM
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...make sure I have plenty of water and other drinks loaded into a decent cooler. I get thirsty on long trips.

Also, I'd make sure I have something that I can use to locate any necessary gas stations, etc.. along the way, in case I need to dispose of any of that used water.

I also keep a small rubbermaid tote in my trunk that holds some towels, a couple quarts of oil, a 2l bottle of water for the radiator, and a small socket and wrench set, as well as a couple screwdrivers, a flat plug/patch kit, and a couple of hose clamps.. just in case. Oh yeah, and a partially-used roll of duct tape in case I need to emergency patch a hose.


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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: SirTanon] #4723607
04/11/18 11:36 AM
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Jumper cables and some Depends.


Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723617
04/11/18 11:46 AM
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If you have the basic tools needed to do it, spare belts. Basically everything including A/C and accessory belt. I'm not sure what drives what on a Fit, but it's probably just two belts.

I don't really know how to do it myself, but having suffered a snapped belt before, this is apparently the one cheap part breaking that could leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. The belts (OEM quality from Bando or Gates) sell for less than $30 for the set if you price shop.

Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723619
04/11/18 11:49 AM
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Globalksp, your statement of "put on new brakes before you leave" is what has me concerned because in the rare time that new brakes have the failure to completely release and causes an over-heat problem it is right after the brakes were changed that this problem occurs.


Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


JimPghPa

Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723621
04/11/18 11:50 AM
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I'd hop in and go. It's only 3000 miles. Why would 3000 miles in 2 days be more stressful on your car than 3000 miles in 2 months?


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: The Critic] #4723622
04/11/18 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: The Critic
If it is an option, I would seriously consider renting a car. Rentals are so cheap nowadays and in situations like this, it is better to be driving a new car that can be quickly replaced if anything goes south.


thankyou

Beat me to it!


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Re: You're About To Drive Cross Country... [Re: Globalksp] #4723625
04/11/18 11:52 AM
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You guys have no adventure.

Nothing wrong with OPs car. Id do this in my Jeep or truck worry free.


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