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    1992 deville road trip

    Anything I should replace and prepare for a 1,300 mile journey

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    That's almost not an unanswerable question. It depends on how well the car is maintained. And even then, any part could fail today, or 5 years from now.

    Do a thorough inspection, fix anything that looks like it needs attention. But FWIW, 1,300 miles of highway driving is much easier on a car than the same distance driven locally.

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    Re: 1992 deville road trip

    Yea when I picked it up it had sitting for 6 years since then I've replaced all the fluids,tiresd ,belts,shocks, cleaned up the inside form wasps and spiders and replaced the drivers tail light (backed into a truck)

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    Re: 1992 deville road trip

    Check fluids at gas stops. If you haven't had the car long and don't know all its idiosyncrasies, that'll be a good shake down drive for sure. Good luck!

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    Re: 1992 deville road trip

    A couple weeks ago, I returned from a 1600 mile round trip in my 2004 Deville.
    It was about 13+ hour drive each way.
    Get an early start to hopefully avoid late night driving.
    Take a rest when you stop for gas, toilet, etc.
    AAA may help if the unexpected happens. Good luck.

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    Re: 1992 deville road trip

    Interestingly we tend to worry about what will happen on long trips but never seem to worry about what could happen in every day driving; even though we usually put more harder miles on a car around town than we do on the road.

    Like has been said - know the car and keep an eye on the vitals (fluids, feel, tires, etc). With cell phones and auto clubs now adays there isn't much danger in having something go wrong on a trip. Just be sure you have access to enough cash to pay up if needed.

    My '98 Councours now travels more than 1500 miles during each of two weeks of each month and I don't think twice about heading out. Luckily, I've never gotten into trouble on the road; seems this car always waits to get home before it has any problems. OK, except for that Xmas eve night in 2010 when I was 300 miles away and the head bolts let go but even then the cell phone and a bit of a wait the whole night wasn't ruined.

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    Re: 1992 deville road trip

    Quote Originally Posted by 92Devilledriver View Post
    Anything I should replace and prepare for a 1,300 mile journey
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    consider the things that would leave you stranded -
    on the side of the road - if they fail -

    belts and hoses -

    TRIPLE CHECK each and every heater hose -
    pay particular attention to the 90* elbows and curves -

    the OUTER edge can get very soft/thin - and will pop -
    so replace any with soft spots -
    ALSO replace any that feel really hard/brittle -

    TRIPLE CHECK the IDLER PULLEYS on both the accessory drive belt -
    AND the water pump drive belt -
    if the idler pulley seizes - you are stuck -

    have extra fuses and light bulbs -
    a roll of electrical tape - and a roll of duct tape -

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