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Old 06-01-2015, 04:08 AM   #1
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Question What to inspect before long trip?

In three weeks I'll be setting off on a trip from here (southern Poland), through Germany, Denmark, and into Sweden and Norway. It's going to be a long road trip, about 4000+ kilometers. The "plus", as I want to explore some roads and haven't made plans beyond some business in Oslo.

What should I get inspected before the trip?

The car is serviced regularly and will have its oil, oil filter, and air filter changed. Any other recommended preventative service? Any parts and tools I should have with me on this trip?
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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Good luck on your long trip. I hope it is a great one.

I usually take these items when we go on a long trip on our 2000 base Boxster:

an assortment of extra fuses used on the Boxster
tire plug kit & pump
Fault code reader
voltmeter
a couple spare halogen headlight light bulbs
a small tool box with basic tools (especially a 10mm socket & wrench)
the instructions for manually raising the top.
the map of the fusebox
long jumper cables
an extra sepentine belt with a 24mm wrench
quart of oil, brake fluid, water
money
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This about covers the what to take part....

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/55550-porsche-emergency-kit-what-do-you-carry.html
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Thanks, rem503 and thanks for the link, Giller. I've seen that thread and with this post wanted to concentrate more on the checks.

Still, a few questions:
* by tire plug kit, do you mean the fix-a-flat?
* what is the 10mm socket for?

I always carry the toolkit, a warning triangle, reflective vests, spare bulbs and fuses.
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Old 06-02-2015, 03:46 AM   #6
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Each year I do a 2-2.5k mile trip through Europe hooning some of the best mountain roads. It's not a gentle motorway cruise so I make sure suspension and brakes are tip top. Depending on age I would also look at your clutch, waterpump as preventative maintenance. Check for corrosion on the brake lines and the union from the PAS union pipe as this splits
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The tire plug kit is a rubbery strip, rubber cement and a rasp and pick for inserting the rubber strip in a nail hole for a temporary fix. I also bring a tire pump.

The 10mm socket and wrench are useful for many connections you may want or need to access - battery connections, front engine panel nuts and bolts, undertray nuts...
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Take Serpentine belt off and check all pulleys for any signs of wear especially the water pump and alternator

Spare Fuel pump relay. I would never have thought of this except I had one go bad and it shuts you down. Cheap part, I bought spare to carry with me all the time
I had made a jumper cable to diagnose and I carry that as well so I can jump relays

I brought spare AOS on long trip with hose clamp pliers. I don't know how I would do this on the side of the road but at least I had the option

Fix-a-flat
scissor jack
Bentley manual

a Trailer to carry everything
a support car to follow you

Typically I find when you bring all this stuff, you don't need it. Better safe then sorry

Good luck and enjoy
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Check all the tires for nails or other debris and fix it before you go in the trip.
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I like the idea of a support vehicle. As I get older, I have noticed my trips resemble more of an assualt on Mount Everest than a 200 mile day trip to Presque Isle in Erie Pa. for a day at the beach.
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