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Old 17 May 2007, 10:23 am
Fijoy George
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Hi all,

I have a 1991 Honda Accord with about 121,000 miles on it. I am moving from
Lafayette, IN to Baltimore, MD, and I am considering driving my car for this
long trip (about 650 miles). Could anyone please help me with the following
concerns?

1. I plan to have a mechanic inspect my car prior to this trip. Could anyone
please advise me on how to communicate with the mechanic? Specifically, will
I need to tell the mechanic what he should inspect? Or, can I assume that he
already has a list of things which need inspection before a long trip?

2. I like the car, and the last major repair that I had to do was the
replacement of sway bar links about a year ago. However, just by looking at
the age and mileage of my car, do any of you think that making this trip is
not a good idea even after inspection by a mechanic? I just want to know
since this is my first car, and I have never made a long trip in this car!

Thank you so much,
Fijoy


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Old 17 May 2007, 11:34 am
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Fijoy George wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I have a 1991 Honda Accord with about 121,000 miles on it. I am moving from
> Lafayette, IN to Baltimore, MD, and I am considering driving my car for this
> long trip (about 650 miles). Could anyone please help me with the following
> concerns?
>
> 1. I plan to have a mechanic inspect my car prior to this trip. Could anyone
> please advise me on how to communicate with the mechanic? Specifically, will
> I need to tell the mechanic what he should inspect? Or, can I assume that he
> already has a list of things which need inspection before a long trip?
>
> 2. I like the car, and the last major repair that I had to do was the
> replacement of sway bar links about a year ago. However, just by looking at
> the age and mileage of my car, do any of you think that making this trip is
> not a good idea even after inspection by a mechanic? I just want to know
> since this is my first car, and I have never made a long trip in this car!
>
> Thank you so much,
> Fijoy


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Just make sure all the liquids are 'topped up' and have him change the
MTF with Honda fluid, or do a drain-n-fill with Honda Z1 if it's an
automatic, especially if it's never been done. Do you use injector
cleaner seasonally? Now would be a good time.

650 miles isn't far.

'Curly'
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Old 17 May 2007, 12:22 pm
Earle Horton
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650 miles is not a long trip. I drove my Civic to LA and back for a total
of 2,500 miles a couple years ago. Just make sure all the maintenance items
are up to date.

For communicating with the mechanic I would recommend using English or
Spanish. ;^)

Earle

"Fijoy George" <tofijoy@yahoo.co.in> wrote in message
news:f2hoek$mvb$1@mailhub227.itcs.purdue.edu...
> Hi all,
>
> I have a 1991 Honda Accord with about 121,000 miles on it. I am moving

from
> Lafayette, IN to Baltimore, MD, and I am considering driving my car for

this
> long trip (about 650 miles). Could anyone please help me with the

following
> concerns?
>
> 1. I plan to have a mechanic inspect my car prior to this trip. Could

anyone
> please advise me on how to communicate with the mechanic? Specifically,

will
> I need to tell the mechanic what he should inspect? Or, can I assume that

he
> already has a list of things which need inspection before a long trip?
>
> 2. I like the car, and the last major repair that I had to do was the
> replacement of sway bar links about a year ago. However, just by looking

at
> the age and mileage of my car, do any of you think that making this trip

is
> not a good idea even after inspection by a mechanic? I just want to know
> since this is my first car, and I have never made a long trip in this car!
>
> Thank you so much,
> Fijoy
>
>



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Old 18 May 2007, 01:10 am
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Have him check for ware all around.

Hoses, seals, belts, rust, contacts(sux if new battery dies cause you
got bad contacts) tire/rotor/caliper ware. If it feels like the engine
is moving more when you put it into gear from N or P have him check the
engine mounts.

Enjoy the trip.


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Old 18 May 2007, 03:16 pm
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Thanks for all the replies.

Fijoy

"Fijoy George" <tofijoy@yahoo.co.in> wrote in message
news:f2hoek$mvb$1@mailhub227.itcs.purdue.edu...
> Hi all,
>
> I have a 1991 Honda Accord with about 121,000 miles on it. I am moving
> from Lafayette, IN to Baltimore, MD, and I am considering driving my car
> for this long trip (about 650 miles). Could anyone please help me with the
> following concerns?
>
> 1. I plan to have a mechanic inspect my car prior to this trip. Could
> anyone please advise me on how to communicate with the mechanic?
> Specifically, will I need to tell the mechanic what he should inspect? Or,
> can I assume that he already has a list of things which need inspection
> before a long trip?
>
> 2. I like the car, and the last major repair that I had to do was the
> replacement of sway bar links about a year ago. However, just by looking
> at the age and mileage of my car, do any of you think that making this
> trip is not a good idea even after inspection by a mechanic? I just want
> to know since this is my first car, and I have never made a long trip in
> this car!
>
> Thank you so much,
> Fijoy
>



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