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Post Post subject: First Trip Problems?
Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 07:25 PM
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Hello Everybody,
It's not gonna be too long before i venture out into the offroad with my bug and i was wondering what all you guys might have experienced your first couple of times out.

What kinds of things broke or fell apart or things that if you could go out and do it again you would do differently.

Thanks for all the help.

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Post Post subject: Re: First Trip Problems?
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Walk the car, check everything, like an aircraft preflight! Check oil level, tire pressure, etc. Look for anything bent, broken, missing, just to have a level of familiarity with everything. Look for faulty brake lines (cracking, leaks, etc. Master cylinder level, tie rod and ball joint condition, kingpin play, etc. in front. Tighten all lug nuts. Loose lugnuts or bolts unevenly distribute load on the others....and they will break. You will loose a wheel. Ask me how I know this.

Make sure breather filters, airfilter, etc. are secure. Dust will wreck an engine in short order!

Make sure there is not ANYTHING in the car that is not secured and tied down. A tool box or jack handle can become a LETHAL projectile in a rollover or really rough ride. Check seatbelt or harness condition and functionality. Have water and at least a rudementary tool set handy, and a first aid kit of some sort.

When you are done, repeat the walkaround. Look for bent suspension and steering components, tire damage (sidewalls especially), anything out of place.

I sound paranoid, but thrashing a car offroad is a few steps beyond a grocery run!!


Have fun, but be safe!!

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Post Post subject: Re: First Trip Problems?
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bring tools and a few spare parts with you and before you go out on a run, make sure everything is tight....


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I put a hole in my radiator 1st time out. Fan came loose


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Post Post subject: Re: First Trip Problems?
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My first runs I had the wife drive the Durango and bring the tow bar just in case. Park the tow rig and drive around a lot but don't get more than walking distance from it. If you're alone, I'd bring a cell phone and a tow strap. Lots of people will help out if you have a tow strap. Let someone know where you'll be. Good luck.


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