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Long drive prep

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Ammo guy, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    Ammo guy

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    I will be driving from Alaska to California in December. Does anyone have any advice on prep I can do to my taco to help it make the trip?
     
  2. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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    ktmrider

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    oil change right before rotate the tires fresh airfilter, clean cabin airfilter make sure your transmission fluid isn't due for a change along with differential oil, good wear on tires, transfer case oil change, grease your zerks, make sure your battery is strong.
     
  3. Aug 13, 2010 at 12:13 AM
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    clean your intake flter too
     
  4. Aug 13, 2010 at 12:15 AM
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    Check tire pressures, make sure ya have blankets ,food,water. Also you might want to get a set of truck chains, cause ya might run into icy roads. Have some flares and first aid kit. December can be a rough time for the roads if we get bad weather during that time. Also a good idea to let some one know the route you are taking in case you do run into weather and get caught up in it and dont have cell reception. Overall have a good and safe trip. :)
     
  5. Aug 13, 2010 at 12:19 AM
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    I'd throw in an extra battery and starter for a trip that long. Of course belts. Toss in some Slime, and an ARB tire repair kit (plugs, valve stems, etc) and a portable compressor like an MV-50.
     
  6. Aug 13, 2010 at 6:50 AM
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    Tires, tires, tires, tires. Yep, with all the rain/snow you'll want good, deep tread. Do not make a trip like that during the winter with worn tires! Coming from Alaska you probably already know this. And carry chains. If chain requirements are up in CA, you're required to carry them (regardless of having studded tires or 4wd). Plus, stay on the main roads...don't blindly follow GPS Navigation units. We get on average several people each week stuck on a closed road in the snow here because people follow those things that send them from one main highway to another without looking at all the road signs saying "Closed", "Not plowed in winter", etc.

    I also tend to throw in a set of tools (sockets, screwdriver) and duct tape.

    Oh, and what they all said above.:D
     
  7. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM
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    Sleeping bag, food, water, extra oil and coolant. CB Radio. Cell Phone and charger. Map book, tools, extra belts, tire slime and maybe a small portable compressor, tire chains, extra clothing (cold weather gear). Something to start a fire with.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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    And the rest of the stuff. I doubt your car needs much for cold=weather prep, you sure won't have to plug it in south of Canada. Ditto the main roads. Bring a few T-shirts and shorts though, cuz (at least Southern) CA in December can STILL be in the 80s.
     
  9. Aug 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    sloppyjoe They are more like guide lines.

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    By the By where r the zerks I would need to grease. I too am heading on a trip next week (12 hours) and I just got the truck so I dont even know the history. I have changed the engine oil as well as checked the air filter (it was spotless, just changed apparently). The grease thing would be awesome but I am not sure where I would need to grease. Thanks for the help. I also have the tires and such in proper order for travel. JOE>
     
  10. Aug 13, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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    I'd love to make this trip in the winter. I made this trip last summer. Everyone else pretty much nailed it as far as stuff that needs to be done.
     
  11. Aug 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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    This is not something that you do to the truck, but if you keep your wallet in your back pants pocket, take it out and put it in the center console when you drive on long trips......

    You'll be amazed at the difference it makes. ;)
     
  12. Aug 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM
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    If you've got a 4x4, they're on the drive shafts. If you have a 2wd truck, you don't have any.
     
  13. Aug 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    Make sure you have a lug wrench that fits the lugs on the truck, and a jack that will lift it high enough to change a tire.

    I just found out that my factory lug wrench does not fit the factory lug nuts that are on the truck. Thankfully, I did not find out on the side of the road.
     
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