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Get your vehicle ready

Postby maladroit » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:10 pm

There are some tips here: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/e ... xodus.html

Most of this is common sense for any long trip, but it'll be a horrible mess if you are stuck 50 miles from the nearest place that has a tow truck, which is already busy towing the other people with breakdowns.

If you take it to a mechanic and there's a problem, better to deal with repairs now. Give them time order any special parts, let the repairs settle in before the trip.

I'm doing maintenance myself, here's a few things I'm doing:
  • Check and replace brakes - important due to riding heavy on twisty and steep roads
  • Change oil from 5W-30 to 10W-30 for better high temp performance
  • Replace/clean air filter and oil filter
  • Inspect tires, pressure and alignment
  • Replace worn shocks
  • Check transmission and transfer case fluid
  • Check radiator condition and coolant level
  • Inspect fan blades
  • Inspect battery and belts
  • Check high and low beams, brake lights, turn signals
  • Track down any squeaks or rattles
  • Test and recharge air conditioner

I'm also bringing the following supplies:
  • A couple quarts of engine oil
  • Spare air filter
  • Jug of coolant
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Can of gasoline
  • Bottle of transmission fluid
  • Bottle of windshield washer fluid
  • Plywood for jack stand - push the car up, not the playa down
  • Battery jump box
  • Socket set, screwdrivers, and wrenches
  • Air pump
  • Spare fuses
  • Spare light bulbs
  • Liquid Wrench
  • Rags and pumice hand cleaner
  • Tow strap

Anything else?
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby gyre » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:40 pm

10-30 isn't needed.
Won't hurt, but go to a better grade if concerned.
Best is a good synthetic like redline or better.

Good to change other fluids, rear end and trans to synthetic.

If you have an automatic, you need a trans cooler if it's fuel injected.

Current science on oil is that the thinnest will lubricate better.
It just has to take the heat, not hard these days.
0-5 is commonly used for racing now.

Use distilled water in the radiator, as usual.
Evans fluid is an upgrade.
I've used water wetter with standard coolant with success.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby maladroit » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:14 pm

10W-30 is recommended for my Jeep if 100F+ temperatures are expected during that oil change. The reasoning is that, with a temperature-dependent viscosity oil, 5W-30 will eventually get too runny to effectively protect moving parts, since it shears down to lower viscosity over time. It'll be especially brutal when starting and stopping the engine a lot during high ambient temperatures. I'm thinking about when I start the engine after it's been sitting in the heat for a week, and then starting and stopping it many times during Exodus. If you start with 10W-30, it slowly shears down from there. It's not recommended for freezing temperatures, which I haven't seen for years...

Synthetic probably does solve that issue entirely.

I do have a transmission cooler, I have the towing package. Should be fine since I'm not towing anything :)

I'm mostly concerned about the cooling system. Had to do major work on it recently, and I still need to replace the leaky heater core. Right now the heater core is bypassed with a small piece of hose and I don't really want to trust that.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby Jackass » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:21 pm

Synthetics suck, unless your vehicle came from the factory with it don't use it. Waste of money and if you never ran it in your vehicle it may start leaking, molecules are smaller or something to that effect. An oil change is better than no oil change, this isn't formula one racing, it's a festival camping trip.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby gyre » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:41 pm

Old technology.

They can see what happens under pressure to oil on bearing surfaces.
Higher viscosity actually is pushed out faster and you have metal to metal for longer duration.
Check the viscosities in your costly transmission.

If you have leaks, you have leaks,
You may not be able to afford decent oil if you have big leaks, but that is a different issue.
There were issues with Mobil One and some european seals.
Not an issue for many years.

You always want the thinnest oil that will withstand the temperatures.
Viscosity is not an indicator of temperature rating any longer.
An adequate oil shouldn't break down.

Synthetic is very cost effective now.
Quality does vary.
Expect to pay $8-10 quart for the better stuff.
Safe to run it further than average with filter changes.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby gyre » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:44 pm

Synthetic isn't actually synthetic, just processed oils.
Quality varies with each.

Any issues are with additives.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby Canoe » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:47 am

Automatic Transmission Cooler

Never installed one of these before (I'd misunderstood the "cooler" tucked onto the bottom of the rad).

Jeep 4.0 litre straight six, towing up to 3,500 lbs., over the hills, the Continental Divide, Highway 50 and of course on to BRC.

Seems like the tube & plate is the best type.

How to size one?
Plumbed after the rad on the return to transmission line?
Mounting orientation to get the air out?

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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby unjonharley » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:07 am

maladroit wrote:There are some tips here: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/e ... xodus.html

Most of this is common sense for any long trip, but it'll be a horrible mess if you are stuck 50 miles from the nearest place that has a tow truck, which is already busy towing the other people with breakdowns.

If you take it to a mechanic and there's a problem, better to deal with repairs now. Give them time order any special parts, let the repairs settle in before the trip.

I'm doing maintenance myself, here's a few things I'm doing:
  • Check and replace brakes - important due to riding heavy on twisty and steep roads
  • Change oil from 5W-30 to 10W-30 for better high temp performance
  • Replace/clean air filter and oil filter
  • Inspect tires, pressure and alignment
  • Replace worn shocks
  • Check transmission and transfer case fluid
  • Check radiator condition and coolant level
  • Inspect fan blades
  • Inspect battery and belts
  • Check high and low beams, brake lights, turn signals
  • Track down any squeaks or rattles
  • Test and recharge air conditioner

I'm also bringing the following supplies:
  • A couple quarts of engine oil
  • Spare air filter
  • Jug of coolant
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Can of gasoline
  • Bottle of transmission fluid
  • Bottle of windshield washer fluid
  • Plywood for jack stand - push the car up, not the playa down
  • Battery jump box
  • Socket set, screwdrivers, and wrenches
  • Air pump
  • Spare fuses
  • Spare light bulbs
  • Liquid Wrench
  • Rags and pumice hand cleaner
  • Tow strap

Anything else?


List checked..

Good list.. No (blah blah) debate from here.. Just getting it done....
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby Martiansky » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:25 am

maladroit wrote:Anything else?


Don't forget up-to-date insurance/proof of registration(yearly tabs) paperwork......you never know when you might be asked for it.

That's a really good list, thank you for posting .....Hope you don't mind I printed it off to use as a reference worksheet for getting my truck ready.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby unjonharley » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:29 am

And your Burning Man TICKET
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby burner von braun » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:13 am

Helpful list, thanks maladroit.. and thanks Canoe for bumping it

I might add..

-Test your windshield wipers to see if they still get the job done
(bring window cleaning liquid and rags to clear heavy layer of dust off of windshield when you're ready to leave playa )

-Wax your vehicle before you begin the journey. She'll love you long time.

-Take a moment to become familiar with your tire changing gear if you aren't already, know your vehicles hard points now so you don't have to crawl around more than necessary on the shoulder of a busy highway if you have to change a tire.
Another early attempt at success
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby unjonharley » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:26 am

Think I have mentioned a mechanics creeper somewhere else..

You should carry a cheaper creeper a.k.a. A nice sheet of cardboard,for getting on the ground.. Save wear on the knees and such.. If you have to get down on the road..
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby maladroit » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:19 pm

One more important suggestion. De-moop your vehicle before packing it. If you have some parking receipts and fast food wrappers lingering around, guess what's going to happen when you open your door at Gate on a windy day?
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby littlebird » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:15 pm

Martiansky wrote:
maladroit wrote:Anything else?


Don't forget up-to-date insurance/proof of registration(yearly tabs) paperwork......you never know when you might be asked for it.


Did anybody happen to see the post someone made about offering rides on their school bus from Portland? I'm pretty sure the mods pulled it. The poster wrote something along the lines of, "The bus isn't insured, but it's registered and the driver is licensed."

Well, two thumbs up for the registration and driver's license!! Two out of three is good enough, right? The cops will surely take that in mind and give you a pass, as will anybody you might get into an accident with, particularly if you're at fault.
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Re: Get your vehicle ready

Postby Canoe » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:12 pm

Make sure to top up your Blinker Fluid.
Be prepared to show LEO that it's full.
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