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Old 03-21-2018, 07:13 AM   #1
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Diesel preventive maintenance?

I have a 2007 Dodge diesel with 200000 miles on the meter. Going on a 5 month trip north. Canada and Alaska. It is now time to change the coolant. Is it a good idea to change all the hoses and the water pump as a preventive measure? What else should be considered to be done over regular maintenance?
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Two spare tires for the truck (and possibly for the trailer too) and TPMS for both the truck and trailer.
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New coolant, 1-spare for each and a good patch kit should be fine. I have done the AlCan 4x and never a flat. Your milage may vary as some say.

Check belts and hoses very carefully. If not cracked or brittle they should be fine.

Have your brakes checked.

Carry extra windshield fluid.

Have a great trip!
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Change the fuel filter and carry a spare if you get a load of fuel with water. Not a bad idea to change out all fluids, belts and hoses as these are age related preventative maintenance items. How are the shocks? Checked the u-joints - especially the front axle u-joints and wheel bearings as those are usually first to go. Carry a spare water pump. Do you have a battery hydrometer for checking the individual battery cells? This can be an indicator of the life left in the batteries. I would also check for wear with the ball joints, track bar bushings and remaining steering linkage. These are typical wear items for a truck with high mileage.
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