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Old 02-08-2006, 01:19 AM   #11
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windshield wiper fluid...tire pressure....change the oil..check the trans fluid level...
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Also, I don't know if you'll be traveling in any bad weather or late at night, but if so, maybe pack a good flashlight, and make sure you have a window scraper and snow brush, if there'* chances of ice or snow. Definitely check air in the spare tire and top up your washer fluid.

And whenever you stop for gas, take time to check on your oil, just to see if you're burning any over the long haul. Take a spare quart with you, or just buy a quart at the gas station if you're low. And eyeball your coolant resevoir to make sure it isn't slowly losing coolant. Mine was. And yes, it was the intake manifold. Long trips are good measuring tests to see if you're slowly losing any coolant from the dreaded UIM failure.
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open the door, get inside, turn the key, fill up with gas, and ur off
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Also, I don't know if you'll be traveling in any bad weather or late at night, but if so, maybe pack a good flashlight, and make sure you have a window scraper and snow brush, if there'* chances of ice or snow. Definitely check air in the spare tire and top up your washer fluid.

And whenever you stop for gas, take time to check on your oil, just to see if you're burning any over the long haul. Take a spare quart with you, or just buy a quart at the gas station if you're low. And eyeball your coolant resevoir to make sure it isn't slowly losing coolant. Mine was. And yes, it was the intake manifold. Long trips are good measuring tests to see if you're slowly losing any coolant from the dreaded UIM failure.
Yeah, check the oil the 1 time you stop for gas.... Seriously, if your car burns a noticable amount of oil in those 600 miles you have a problem and really shouldn't be going on a 600 mile trip in it....

Its 600 miles guys, check fluids and tire pressure before you go. Make sure you have all the normal stuff you should have in your car everyday like a snow brush, your spare tire and the jack and wrench that go with it and whatnot. I keep a toolbox with basic tools in my car just in case and also a jump start box and a tow strap but its probably not necessary, I've just accumulated this stuff over time and don't really have any place to put it. Other than that its really not that long of a trip.

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thanks, I don't expect any issues, however with a new car you have some gitters untill you get to know it. Good advise.

If my volt meter is reading more than 14 is this ok?
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thanks, I don't expect any issues, however with a new car you have some gitters untill you get to know it. Good advise.

If my volt meter is reading more than 14 is this ok?
the gague can be wacky sometimes...i would verify with a multimeter at the battery terminals with the car running...i have seen as high as 15 on the gague (at startup) and low as 12 while running....but ususally in in the 13-14 range
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i have seen as high as 15 on the gague (at startup) and low as 12 while running....but ususally in in the 13-14 range
sure you dont have that backwards????
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i have seen as high as 15 on the gague (at startup) and low as 12 while running....but ususally in in the 13-14 range
sure you dont have that backwards????
no sir....with my alt it will charge 14-15 upon startup and then back down after the car has been running for a few minuets....when driving at nigh with all the accessories on i can sometimes see as low as 12 while at idle
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oh ok.. i thought u were talking about when u were cranking...
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Nobody has mentioned anything yet about a good stock of CDs, or some snacks/drinks.

Also a good idea, on top of all the general maintenance items everyone has mentioned, to have a credit card available, just in the off chance something does happen. If you travel a lot, AAA more than pays for itself in discounts and towing. Has for me, anyways.
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