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Old 07-26-2011
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road trip help

hi im planning on moving the begining of september, i lost my license about 6 months ago, and i get it back at the end of august, so i plan to move 3 days after i get my license, and i bought my truck a couple months ago. so it has been sitting almost that whole time. i was wondering what i should do to the truck before i take this trip, by the way its a 300 mile trip from illinois to nebraska. and what should i take with me on this trip. ive already serviced the tranny and done plugs and wires, and oil.
 
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Drop the spare tire , make sure you can get it out of the rack. Check the pressure in it.
Jack up each wheel and check for loose wheel bearings .
Remove each wheel and rotate them . This does two things :
Evens the tread wear
Ensures the wheels and lug nuts will come off when you're stuck with a flat on the side of the road.

Take two gallons of water. If that old rad hose decides to take a dump you'll need it , along with some duct tape.
How old is the serpentine belt ? It doesn't hurt to stuff a spare behind/under the seat.
Got greaseable u-joints on the driveshaft ? Lube 'em a little.
Two flash lights. One always gets dropped and ruins the bulb.

Wash the living hell out of the windshield.
Now apply Rain-x ........ Twice.
If you lose a wiper you can keep going as most of the time you won't need it anyway.
 

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thanks that helps alot. im planning on getting new tires before i leave.
 
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I'll add that i hope you've started it once or twice, make sure it runs and what not also. Check oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering. check your brake pads and rotors also once the wheels are off. you can move all you want, if you can't stop it ain't worth it.
 
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OTRtech has some great advice! Also if you have time, I would flush the cooling system and replace the radiator hoses and heater hoses. Good luck on your move!
 
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thanks for the help guys. the only thing i have to do now is put new coil springs and shocks on it, but im kinda worried about doing the coil springs because ive never done them before.
 
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