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Driving across country

I'll be driving across country from North Carolina to California in the next 2 weeks and I was wondering what are some things I should check before leaving on the trip across the beautiful usa. There's nothing wrong that I know of she runs good, sounds good, the idle isn't variating. But I figured there's some preventative maintenance that I could conduct. I have a 2003 ford f250 7.3 with a 6' lift (rough country). Look forward to the communities advice, thanks.
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Double check to make sure you really want to go to Kalifornia. If you do, then check your belt,. I'd actually get a new one and put your old one behind the seat as a spare. While it's off, check every pulley for play. Check all radiator hoses. If you don't have the top hose that goes around the belt, swap it. Clean air filter. Fresh oil. Check the axle lube. Do your wheel bearing maintenance and check your brakes. Spare tire inflated? Got your jack and tools? Still sure you want to go to the ROK? Got all your shots? I'd carry a gallon of antifreeze and oil, and a couple quarts of ATF. Wipers ok? All fluids topped off?

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have some spare CPS, some oil, coolant, Lot of additives if you use in your fuel tank. I just did British Colombia (Canada) to Quebec (canada) last September and will be doing the other way to british Colombian next week (will probably be going trough USA). what I do before leaving is oil change with new filter and new fuel filter. I check all other oil level (trans, diff, transfer case and coolant). in the back I have bunch of tools in my tools box, jack, jack stand, some engine and trans oil and bunch of piece of wood.



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RT got a good point, GOOD WIPER, windshield washer and CLEAN INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the windshield



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Check the spare, health insurance, bail money oh and top of the line AAA plan that's set up for truck
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Double check to make sure you really want to go to Kalifornia. If you do, then check your belt,. I'd actually get a new one and put your old one behind the seat as a spare. While it's off, check every pulley for play. Check all radiator hoses. If you don't have the top hose that goes around the belt, swap it. Clean air filter. Fresh oil. Check the axle lube. Do your wheel bearing maintenance and check your brakes. Spare tire inflated? Got your jack and tools? Still sure you want to go to the ROK? Got all your shots? I'd carry a gallon of antifreeze and oil, and a couple quarts of ATF. Wipers ok? All fluids topped off?
How do I check the axle lube? Thats one I never thought of.

Thanks


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JMarty,

Be sure to enjoy the low diesel prices...you will never drive across the country for so cheap again ;-)



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Almost forgot, grease everywhere you can see a grease nipple


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I'll tell you the same thing that was told to me in '09 by a senior member when I was planning my cross country jaunt:


"carry a credit card with a HIGH limit and LOW balance".

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How do I check the axle lube? Thats one I never thought of.



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On the driver's side of the pumpkin on the rear axle is a fill plug. You use a 3/8" ratchet to unscrew it. Oil needs to be to the level of the plug.

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Plan in advance. Check out when and where to stop for gas.
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Hey guys sorry for the late reply, work has me bouncing off the walls, so, yes I have to go to california, I don't have a choice in the matter. It's where I'll be staitioned. I saw alot of advice from all of you and I want to thank you guys, there alot of things that were mentioned that I don't have a clue about. And it's pretty much moat of it, I can Google it and figure it out and start looking it all up and get familiar with her. It came with straight pipes so that's one thing I know I'll have to change before I leave or when I get there. The owner just cut it out and welded a pipe on there :\. Anywho I will start going through all the suggestions one by one and conduct all the possible preventive maintenance. This will certainly be a journey
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An inexpensive but quality muffler is the Walker BTM (Big Truck Muffler).

You can order the stock 3-1/2" or if your pipes are aftermarket there is also a 4" option.


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On the driver's side of the pumpkin on the rear axle is a fill plug. You use a 3/8" ratchet to unscrew it. Oil needs to be to the level of the plug.
I should have said "front".

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Don't you have a fill plug in the cover of your Dana 60?

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