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01-14-2009 04:20 AM  9 years agoPost 1
Tommy Z

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Hey guys,
I'm going to make a drive to Austin with a friend from midland (300 miles) in my truck. The only problem is that were worried it'll break down because it's got 257,000 miles on it. Is it likely it won't make it their and back? Besides tires, battery, belts, air filter, and oil, what do I need to check in order to make sure well get there in one piece? Were both 18, so renting a car is out of the question, and it does have to be a truck.
Thanks.

-Tommy Boy

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01-14-2009 04:24 AM  9 years agoPost 2
ckd

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The radiator is the only other thing I can think of. 300 miles doesn't seem that far and as long as everything looks ok go for it.

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01-14-2009 04:32 AM  9 years agoPost 3
Tommy Z

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Alright, thanks for the input. I guess I've always had this fear of breaking down 150 miles down the road. Possible due to a cyclinder miss-firing...blah blah blah, I don't know. Haha

-Tommy Boy

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01-14-2009 02:05 PM  9 years agoPost 4
rcadd1ct

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Check the wheel bearings and brakes.

Top off/change the fluids.

Check tire pressures.

Take a cell phone and credit card.

Go for it.

-RCA .......... Making Cuisinarts Fly!!!!!!!

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01-14-2009 02:07 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Mutt

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Check all the fluids water oil trans diff make sure belts hoses are in good shape. Tire air pressue as stated before including your spare it is amazing how many people never check thier spare tires pressure. take a cell phone and a credit card is good too.

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01-14-2009 03:14 PM  9 years agoPost 6
Mavrik1

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Take along everything you would need if you did stranded for a day. Water (drinking and radiator), food, tools to fix the truck, truck manual, extra warm clothes, flairs, spare hoses/belts.

Cell phones don't get signals everywhere and not everyone will stop for someone stranded.

The bottom line is having fun.

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01-14-2009 03:35 PM  9 years agoPost 7
Brokenlink

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How long have you been driving the truck around town? Have you ever had any problems with it there? It's just a long ways for you because you are young.300 miles means nothing to the truck,it will be better for the truck taking that short trip than it would to cruise it around town for 300 miles.Tires will probably be the major hazard for you,that and other people.Take some duct tape and WD-40,if it moves and it's not supposed too,duct tape it,and if it doesn't move but IS supposed to,WD-40 it

Jamie Griffith

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01-14-2009 04:21 PM  9 years agoPost 8
jfint

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If your really concerned get the AAA premium package, not that expensive per year, and it gives you 100 miles of free towing. Plus when you buy a car before its insured its awesome to just call and have it towed home. Then you can llok at cars without the wife even knowing. hehehehhehhahahhahhahhehehheh........... oh um excuse me I might have goten carried away a little bit ;-)

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01-14-2009 04:31 PM  9 years agoPost 9
playfair

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Good "road survival" advice here! I'll reinforce that tires are the only thing that's ever kept me from finishing a trip. I once even had a brake rotor fall apart on a trip, but that only effected stopping
A good spare, (a bottle of "fix a flat" is nice to have) and a solid once-around and you should be good to go.
With any luck you'll be asking again next year, except you'll have 300k!


The sky is our canvas

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01-14-2009 06:54 PM  9 years agoPost 10
Tommy Z

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The truck has never had any problems whatsoever. It's on the original tranny, engine, and rear-end. I will be honest though, when driving, I don't waste any time getting up to my cruising speed. I never do burnouts or swerve or drive crazy though. It's a 2000 sierra with the 4.8 V8.
Oh and by the way, I work at Discount Tire, so my tires (and spare) are always in tip-top shape.

-Tommy Boy

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01-14-2009 07:25 PM  9 years agoPost 11
Brokenlink

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Well it looks like you are in good shape then,get out there and give her hell.Take some good music with ya also.

Jamie Griffith

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01-14-2009 07:44 PM  9 years agoPost 12
zozie

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Also be sure to top up the brake and signal light fluid and check the mirror viscosity

No honey I got that used.... MAAC#73745

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01-14-2009 07:45 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Mutt

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dont forget to make sure the muffler bearings are tight and well lubed

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01-14-2009 08:07 PM  9 years agoPost 14
Brokenlink

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You can get most of those parts here,the prices are coming down for cross drilled brake lines,and heavy duty clutch belts.Check them out.
http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3

Jamie Griffith

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01-14-2009 11:55 PM  9 years agoPost 15
RaptorMan23

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->Check the alternator output voltage

->the usual fluids, make sure tranny fluid doesnt look or smell burnt

->check tires for tread, bubbles(wear), etc

->Make sure cooling fans come on

->Make sure tags and insurance are current

But 300 miles really isnt all that far I wouldnt worry too much. Having that many miles on the truck doesnt necessarily mean anything bad.

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01-15-2009 01:11 AM  9 years agoPost 16
Chucky777

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Tommy
Back in the day, I worked in the oil fields. I was working out your way and the stuipd truck the company gave me ran out of gas (small fuel tank). And some guy from Midland stopped in his new Chevy and pushed me 5 miles into Midland. He would not even take money for his help. I was trying to give him $100 (company money not mine).

The moral is, no matter what happens. In Texas there are nice people out there, who will do what they can to help you.

Injoy the trip, and dont worry about what could happen. Chances are that you gone over the checklist good. And nothing is going to happen.

Charlie

Is it the weekend yet?

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01-15-2009 02:56 AM  9 years agoPost 17
2LTime

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I always carry a bunch of tools.

Jeff

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.

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01-15-2009 03:32 AM  9 years agoPost 18
rcadd1ct

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IMHO you have thought about this more than most people.

Check the stuff listed and just go and have fun.

If life was always boring, there would be no stories to laugh about later.

-RCA .......... Making Cuisinarts Fly!!!!!!!

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