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Old 01-29-2015, 12:21 AM   #1
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I am taking my 01 mustang 3.8 on a ~2700 round trip from my location in VA to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Tx. It has ~180,000 miles but no mechanical issues apart from a exhaust header and small coolant leak. Both of these are going to be taken care of before hand. Just fixed my error code p1518 issue (intake runner stuck open.) It will be driven non stop, around 21 hours including pit stops. I know I'm going to hear "I wouldn't take your mustang that far" but I don't really have much of a choice. So if anyone has any great advice on how to prepare my car for this, I would appreciate it, don't want to come back with a car that barely runs. I have 29 days to prepare.

P.S. If anyone has any advice for this long drive, please inform me. Longest I've gone non-stop is 7-8 hours, which was the drive down to the beach.
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I am taking my 01 mustang 3.8 on a ~2700 round trip from my location in VA to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Tx. It has ~180,000 miles but no mechanical issues apart from a exhaust header and small coolant leak. Both of these are going to be taken care of before hand. Just fixed my error code p1518 issue (intake runner stuck open.) It will be driven non stop, around 21 hours including pit stops. I know I'm going to hear "I wouldn't take your mustang that far" but I don't really have much of a choice. So if anyone has any great advice on how to prepare my car for this, I would appreciate it, don't want to come back with a car that barely runs. I have 29 days to prepare.



P.S. If anyone has any advice for this long drive, please inform me. Longest I've gone non-stop is 7-8 hours, which was the drive down to the beach.

What's wrong with your exhaust manifold and where is the coolant leak coming from? I would also just make sure you have fresh oil in the car for the trip so your not driving on oil that needs to be changed midway through the trip. Check all of your fluids before and during the trip. Check your tire pressure before and during the trip. Have a roadside emergency bag with you like a blanket, few bottles of water, flashlight, and some protein bars. I'm sure others will tell you what else you should bring as well for such a long drive. But that's what I would be doing and gathering first before a long trip like that.


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---------- Post added at 11:17 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:16 AM ----------

*toolbag and jumper cables because you never really know


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check fluids/belts/hoses/tires too. I will caution that after 12 hrs on the road the not everything ya see will be real. I suggest doing each leg in two days as after 21 non-stop hrs it will be 12 hrs b4 you can function again. Drive till you start to see the lizards find a hotel eat/crash wake up and with any luck you will be 2/3rds of the way there and only have a manageable 6-8 hr drive to your destination and you will still be functional.

two alternatives save the mileage on your car and rental with unlimited miles and if you are picking up someone have them ride the gray dog
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It's leaking somewhere, I believe the flange. Haven't had time to look into it. Also, when I give my car a lot of gas, antifreeze leaks from the inlet or outlet pipe to my heater core. Looks like a coupler on the pass side firewall.

Also, thanks everyone for the good advice. Jumper cables are a small thing I probably would have overlooked


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check fluids/belts/hoses/tires too. I will caution that after 12 hrs on the road the not everything ya see will be real. I suggest doing each leg in two days as after 21 non-stop hrs it will be 12 hrs b4 you can function again. Drive till you start to see the lizards find a hotel eat/crash wake up and with any luck you will be 2/3rds of the way there and only have a manageable 6-8 hr drive to your destination and you will still be functional.

two alternatives save the mileage on your car and rental with unlimited miles and if you are picking up someone have them ride the gray dog
Thanks for advice, I'll consider staying somewhere 6-7 hours away from Lackland. Wasn't in my original plan, but it does seem like the smarter choice.
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I agree with the first one, fluids, oils..etc, a typical tune up really. The only other thing is try Sea Foam spray in the intake, it's suppose to clean out everything. Also treat your gasoline with the little shot of whatever you really want to use. All this is just to clean and help the vehicle run better. Go ahead and get tired balanced and rotated. Alignment would be a good idea, simply because that much driving, if the alignment is even slightly off it could ware your tires unevenly. Oh, and this isn't huge, but if you can, run Unleaded Plus or even Premium through one or two times. Some will say there is no point, but it doesn't get anything, pls it burns better.


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I agree with the first one, fluids, oils..etc, a typical tune up really. The only other thing is try Sea Foam spray in the intake, it's suppose to clean out everything. Also treat your gasoline with the little shot of whatever you really want to use. All this is just to clean and help the vehicle run better. Go ahead and get tired balanced and rotated. Alignment would be a good idea, simply because that much driving, if the alignment is even slightly off it could ware your tires unevenly. Oh, and this isn't huge, but if you can, run Unleaded Plus or even Premium through one or two times. Some will say there is no point, but it doesn't get anything, pls it burns better.


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Alright thanks. I usually sea foam every 2-3 oil changes so it's about time to. Again, thanks everybody for the good ideas and suggestions.


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I suggest picking up a charger stick for a mobile device. It can charge during the ride and if/when your phone dies in time of need, you can simply plug it in and charge with ease. The guys have covered 90% of the basics for such a journey! I also suggest getting a general idea of the layout of where you'll be going, and any rest stops on the way to your destination.


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I suggest picking up a charger stick for a mobile device. It can charge during the ride and if/when your phone dies in time of need, you can simply plug it in and charge with ease. The guys have covered 90% of the basics for such a journey! I also suggest getting a general idea of the layout of where you'll be going, and any rest stops on the way to your destination.


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I actually just picked two up, great idea.


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Why are you going to Lackland Air Force Base?
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Why are you going to Lackland Air Force Base?

Going to a close friends graduation from basic


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I suggest packing a co-pilot. It's a lot more fun to drive that far with somebody, you can alternate driving if you get exhausted (if you don't have a problem with other people touching your steering wheel ;D), and when the sun goes down, it's much easier to stay awake with two people. Pack plenty of water, too. Maybe a big case of water bottles. Dehydration sucks when your operating a vehicle.
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