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Old 04-27-2003, 04:15 PM   #1
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Question taking a trip south

Any advice would be appreciated.....I am moving down to mississippi in a few weeks and i am wondering if there are any steps i should take other than an oil change. i have about 111,000 miles on a 1995 sl 1.....the trip total is about 1200 miles would a tune up be necessary? thanxs
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Check the belt and all hoses. How long since fuel filter change? How long since air filter? Ever put a bottle of techron in the gas tank? Have you replaced the ECTS yet? Oil change before leaving would be smart. Be sure and check tire pressure. How long since plug change and with what type were they changed?

That's a good list to start with. Anyone else have suggestions?

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Just a general kick the tires, check fluids, belts and hoses. Check the air filter and replace if necessary. Tune-up isn't a bad idea if its been a long time, but if you aren't having problems now you won't during the trip. Same with the ECTS. Carry some oil if you know your motor consumes some, much cheaper than $2/qt. c-store oil, and any other fluids you might have been losing recently (coolant, brake fluid, atf). I've driven the 1500 miles between my home and college now 3 times. I had oil when I needed it, leftover coolant from a flush & fill, and my small toolkit. My first trip I didn't carry oil and ended up paying the aforementioned $2 for a quart at a gas station in a Chicago suburb.
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Spare oil in the trunk, spare gallon of coolant as well. Rotate the tires BEFORE the trip. Check oil at EVERY fill up. Oh...wiper blades and washer fluid are a real good idea as well...
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I go down to Texas a couple times of year to visit friends and family. You can never have too much bug juice in addition to the other stuff. My car drinks the stuff with the washers. And all of it goes on the windshield. I usually have the oil changed a few days before the trip. And I clean my airfilter or replace it. check the belts too. Make sure all your tires are properly inflated.....including your spare. A lot of people forget to check that.

In my trunk, I have a full toolbox, 4 quarts of oil, a gallon of coolant, a gallon of water, a roll of papertowels, a pair of gloves, a funnel, transmission fluid (and a long funnel), jumper cables, power steering fluid, and some other stuff I can't remember.

Also, remember to take some food and drinking water with you. If you get stuck, you never know how long you're gonna be there. I pack some Power Bars and bottled water.
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Suprisingly, a role of toilet paper also. Don't laugh. I'm glad I had it on a trip into the mountains. A cowboy had suggested it years ago. In addition, I find it easier to us when working on the car than paper towels.
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Hey, Mississippi is near my neck of the woods! What part are you moving to?
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