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Road tripping ## what tools should you carry if youre over 100k milrs?

 
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Old 24 Feb 2018, 06:05 pm
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Default Road tripping ## what tools should you carry if youre over 100k milrs?

Besides a full size PC because laptops and smartphones suck, what kind of emergency tools should a PT Cruiser owner carry if going 100 miles or more away from home? Should we be devoting more space for automotive resucitation than coolant, oil, basic socket set, atf+4 and a roll of duct tape?
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Default Re: Road tripping ## what tools should you carry if youre over 100k milrs?

I've got you covered for this very thing at this link. Enjoy!

Stuff for PT Tool Bag
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a mobile phone...
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a mobile phone...
And a business card from a good reliable wrecker service.
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Also AAA card for towing if the repair requires a new part that you don't have.
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Default Re: Road tripping ## what tools should you carry if youre over 100k milrs?

As the others implied, don't plan on easily fixable things to break down and be repairable.

These things should have been replaced:
Timing belt, all pulleys, tensioner, water pump, drive belts
Upper and lower torque struts if torn - won't leave you stranded
Radiator fan if brushes are worn out
Lower control arm ball joint and rear bushing if worn out -won't leave you stranded
Shocks/struts - won't leave you stranded
Break pad and rear shoes checked
Hopefully all fluids have been changed regularly
Coolant, thermostat, radiator cap, upper and lower hoses

Mostly the things that "won't leave you stranded" will probably get you home if you're 100 miles from home and notice it failing.

Any other things, please chime in.
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Carry a wallet full of BENGYS.

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Default Re: Road tripping ## what tools should you carry if youre over 100k milrs?

The absolute key is to change parts when they get close to end of service life and before they fail. This way the car is down on your schedule and not at random. This is standard procedure in the aircraft industry.

Sure, something unforeseen can randomly fail, but the standard hitters like belts , hoses can be addressed.

I bought my PT at 162 K and before driving it I have changed

Plugs , wires , ignition coil. ( all were original, the wide gap plugs will have stressed the ignition coil and I didn't want to run into a intermittent miss fire at some point.)

all fuel injectors

Timing belt , water pump , tensioners ( these were still original )

all coolant hoses , even changed the steel heater hose pipes due to them getting rusty.

power steering pressure hose

Some other stuff I don't recall at the moment.

Going to change the fuel pump when I get a chance, the tank has evidence of being out so it might have been already changed.
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AAA card and cell phone.
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