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Road Trip!
« on: May 28, 2015, 12:46:22 PM »
Hey guys! I'm looking for some advice/tips here. In a couple weeks I'll be going on a road trip that will span about 20 days, and will essentially take me to Colorado and back. I do plan on taking my car, and was wondering if you guys had some recommendations to prepare it for the long haul.

Details:
-2004 WRX (stage 2), 121K
-No CEL's, or noticeable mechanical problems.
-New air filter/wiper blades
-Will be installing new brakes soon
-New sparks last year
-Seafoamed last year

Before I leave I'll be doing an oil change, and probably a tranny service, possibly differentials and alignment. Is there anything you guys would recommend in addition to these? I won't be beating the hell out of her, just adding more miles. Thanks for the input!

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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 12:52:40 PM »
To Do:
-Brake Fluid flush
-Definitely alignment

To Bring:
-1x Full size spare tire, jack, etc
-Spare fluids (Coolant, oil, gear oil)
-Torque wrench

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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 01:37:11 PM »
To Do:
-Brake Fluid flush
-Definitely alignment

To Bring:
-1x Full size spare tire, jack, etc
-Spare fluids (Coolant, oil, gear oil) **         
-Torque wrench

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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 02:48:41 PM »
Bring an assortment of tools, rope, extra oil, zipties, hose clamps, fuses and maybe a metal coat hanger, you never know!  Check all your hoses, especially radiator and power steering and the serpentine belt. Check/Top off all fluids. With a 121K i would check the wheel bearings too. Jack up each corner, push/pull/wiggle each wheel top to bottom and side to side, there should be no play whatsoever!
Redrex is correct, bring a couple liters of water for your face and your radiator if need be.
Have an awesome trip! Also, the mountains of CO still have snow on them! The summit of Pikes still has over 10'.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2015, 02:01:34 AM »
Solid advice here, thanks for all the tips! It looks like Monday I'll be doing a bunch of brake work - I got the Stoptech upgrade kit, so I'll be replacing rotors, pads, installing stainless steel lines, and a performing flush. Anyone have input on the the preferred order I should be doing these things, or does is really matter?
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2015, 06:50:28 PM »
maybe some octane booster because I believe you can only get 91 or 92 out west.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2015, 08:03:12 AM »
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 01:03:03 PM »
^AAA is definitely on the list. I'll still bring some tools though, just in case. Did the brakes yesterday, minus the SS brake lines (rust is a bitch). While the car was on jacks I checked the wheels for any play, plus checked out axles, control arms, etc. Everything looks pretty solid  :mrgreen:
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2015, 05:19:43 PM »
God. Dammit. I was all set to leave tomorrow, and actually got everything accomplished that I wanted to (oil change, trans. fluid change, alignment etc.) But today when I went in to work, after about 15 minutes, my coworker noticed that there was smoke coming from my hood scoop. Not a ton of smoke, but definitely noticeable and gray in color. We checked it out, and there is was also a green fluid dripping under the engine. It looks like its coming from a hose that's underneath the intercooler. Looks like a coolant hose (fuck). I'm also wondering if it could be part of the A/C system since I put some green dye in it to see if there was a leak. It definitely seems to smoke more when the A/C is clicked on. I'm gonna wait for it to cool down, and see if I can fix the problem myself.

Fuck. SO my options are:

-Rent a car (cost ~ $800)
-Borrow either my moms or grandmas car
-Take my car assuming I fix it tonight.

Any input? Keep in mind, I would prefer to take my car because I want to smoke cigars while on the long ass drives, and shit, I like driving it.
Mike

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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2015, 05:36:48 PM »
Have you noticed any symptoms of any more problems? I recommend changing all those crappy subaru hose clamps, the weak wire pinch ones, with nice strong ones.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2015, 06:07:27 PM »
I hadn't noticed any other symptoms, or problems. The car is cooling just fine, and I haven't noticed any noise or performance differences. It's just this issue that I noticed this afternoon.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2015, 07:47:16 PM »
Update! Looks like I found the issue. There is a leak in one of the A/C lines right by the clutch reservoir. I checked the pressure of the system, and it was at ~10psi, which is down from about ~36psi earlier in the day. The blacklight showed the bright green dye sprayed all around the area, and I shined it on where it was dripping and it lit up like a Christmas tree. I heard a hissing coming from the line, and when I put my finger on the area it stopped, and you can feel some pressure/refrigerant come out. So now the question is, anybody have a good method for repairing those metal A/C lines? Loctite? Line splicer?

 Here's the line/leak:
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2015, 09:16:52 PM »
I don't think you can repair the lines, really.  At least, not while they're full.  You could try some of that metal epoxy stuff, but it probably won't cure in the presence of the R134a.

Maybe you could use a small pipe clamp and a section of rubber tubing and clamp the hole.  I have no clue if it would hold at pressure (so leave the A/C off!) but it would likely stop the leaking for now.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2015, 10:03:23 PM »
Went to Advance Auto about an hour ago and they recommended  some of the metal epoxy, as well as muffler tape. Once the R-134a is out of the system I'll give it a go.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2015, 10:21:01 PM »
It should hold, JB weld held on the ac line on the POS Chevy Venture my wife had.  I believe it was the high side.
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Re: Road Trip!
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2015, 11:21:18 PM »
It should hold, JB weld held on the ac line on the POS Chevy Venture my wife had.  I believe it was the high side.

Glad to hear that. It's drying now, so hopefully all is ok after this
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