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So I will be taking my truck down to Florida this June. I live in NJ, so it's about a +/- 24 hour drive and I wanna make sure my truck will make it. I have a 1997 F250 CCSB 4WD with a ZF5 manual trans. The truck has roughly 330k on it. The only reason I am worried is when I made a trip from NJ to Texas in my previous truck(95 Chevy with a 6.5 diesel) and it blew the motor half way there. Obviously the Ford has a stronger drive train and motor so I probably shouldn't be worried. That being said, are there any spare parts I should bring, anything I should check before and during the trip or any other general tips? I will be replacing the EBPV with a deleted pedestal which will hopefully fix the oil leak, and I will also be fixing the fuel leak before the trip.
 

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I'd carry a spare CPS. Are you towing something or just driving the truck?


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I am just taking the truck down. I will definitely pick up a spare CPS. The truck has never given me an issue since I bought it last summer, I was just worried because of what happened with the previous truck. Should I also change the IPR before the trip? I have never changed it on this truck and I don't think it needs one but would that be a good idea?
 

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I would take a good look at the belt and hoses. I would also check the belt pulleys. I carry lots of stuff in my toolbox. Spare CPS for sure, spare fuel filters, spare belt, spare idler pulleys (both smooth and grooved). Other stuff I have: Spare IDM, GPR, Various O-rings, belt tensioner, UVCHs, external GP/Inj harness pigtails, pins and pin removal tool, a piece of a valve cover gasket with a good feedthrough (just in case there are no other options I could mickey-mouse it), fuel pressure gauge, HP Oil Pressure gauge, and some various gaskets I've gathered. Also have a fan clutch wrench set, power steering pump pulley puller, 8-ton bottle jack, and cheapo multimeter. Cheers!
 

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I keep extra hpop hoses and head to fpr hoses. Multimeter, cps, wire strippers, wire nuts, bottle jack, inline fuel pump, fuel pressure gauge, and my snap-on scanner. Most important is my cell phone charger and AAA card. If it can't be fixed in 30 mins.....it's getting towed somewhere that can get it done.
 

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I found out a long time ago that if you pack everything that is recommended either here or on another site that you will need to have a trailer to haul all the extra parts and tools.

For myself I'll change the oil if it is close and if it will need to be done on the trip I'll change it before the trip just to take the hassle out of it. If I don't need to change the oil I'll pull out the grease gun and lube up the few zerts that we have on hour trucks. I'll also go through and check things out before hand.

Other than that I'll take my pack around tool box. With these tools I could almost rebuild a engine on the side of the road. If you feel like it or if you truck uses some oil put in a extra gallon but I wouldn't take anymore than that. A hose repair kit is handy but if you blow a hose you are going to have to go somewhere to get some coolant unless you plan on packing 6 gallons with you.

The best solution is a handy credit card, a full tank of fuel and just don't worry about the rest.
 
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