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Old 03-28-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Smile 2,500 miles in 5 days... any suggestions?

Hey guys - I'm driving my 2001 ZX3 to California from Georgia in April. It's starting to get up there in mileage (96,000) and I feel like once a year Im making a major repair.

Im going to take the car to my mechanic this week or next to have them do a thorough inspection. Replace any worn belts, etc.

If anyone has any advice for me on things that I should check on before I make this long trip, I'd really appreciate it. I have this awful fear that my poor Focus isn't going to make it there, and I'll be stranded in the desert. :(

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ASide from engine maintenance and mechanicals,pack water, extra food and tools in the trunk. Jacket and blanket would be nice too.

Check and inflate the spare, make sure jack works and have lug wrench to change flat tire. A portable air compressor and plug kit can also come in handy. Road flares, flashlight, fire extinguisher...
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Make sure your cooling system is functioning properly. That's probably the #1 cause of breakdowns on a long-distance trip.

Also make sure you are ready for the trip,too. Pace yourself. Take a short break every couple of hours or so, even if it's only 5 minutes. Start off early in the AM, so you can reach your stopping point at a decent time.
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I guess its a 1 way trip? I would get an oil change with some nice synthetic 5W-20 like Pennzoil Platinum or M1 and Motorcraft FL400S filter. Check the hoses and drain and fill coolant if its been a while. Inflate tires to the proper psi, fill up wiper fluid and change wiper blades. Pack an ice chest, water, food, phone charger, emergency cash and credit cards, and plenty of tunes and take your time. When you are in NM, AZ, TX and the sign says last stop/ no gas for 100 miles its true.
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I took my SVT on a 2,700 mile road-trip after it rolled 100k and I was worried, and had nooo problems. Just look over it, see what's wrong and ALWAYS plan for the worst case scenario. Bring extra money!
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one thing i did before one of my long trips from texas to cali was to have my fuel filter changed. made a world of difference when it came to my gas milage.
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Is your mechanic a friend? Don't sat "do what it needs" you could get a surprise. Basically you have 10 250 mile trips. The only difference is the environment (with more heat in some states) and not being close to your home mechanic if something goes wrong
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If you have done all the routine maintance and it running good now you should be good to go.I got 135k on mine and i wouldnt be afraid to run there and back.
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