Date registered: May 2009
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Prepping for long distance travel
I'll keep this as short as possible. I have an '82 300SD with 250k miles. At the end of July I will be driving from Phoenix, Arizona to Anchorage, Alaska. Trip is roughly 3800 miles each way.
What should I prep in order for this car to make the trip safely and reliably? I will be in Anchorage for about five days, then driving back. So this is alot of miles in a very short time period.
In the last month I have:
Put on new 80k Michelin all-season tires
Had the radiator rodded out (I didn't replace it because its the good old all metal kind, not the cheap crappy plastic/aluminum new ones)
New air filter
New fuel filters
This next weekend I will be putting on all new rotors and pads on all four wheels. I will also have a valve adjustment done before I leave as well as an alignment. I am going to attempt to fix the cruise control, but I consider that a "luxury item" not a necessity for the safe operation of the car.
I am planning on carrying extra radiator hoses, belts, a few extra fuel filters, extra coolant, fuses, etc. when I get to Anchorage, I will have the oil changed for the return trip.
Anything else I am missing? The car does leak about a quart of oil a month, I will be carrying extra oil with me and checking the fluids with every fill up.