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Old July 11th, 2018, 12:59   #1
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Default Brampton, Ontario to San Jose, California July 2018

Inspired by these road trip posts I decided I'd try to document my trip as well and maybe get some advice for the trip.

The Trip:

We will be driving from Brampton, Ontario to San Jose, California.
Estimated 10,000 KM round trip. Stopping along the way of course.

Leaving on July 22, 2018.

The main places we plan on visiting are:

Colorado Springs - Visiting Family
Grand Canyon
Hoover Dam
Las Vegas
Los Angles
San Jose/San Francisco (Coastal drive from Los Angles)

The Vehicle:

2010 Jetta TDI with 350,000 KM

This will be my first road trip on this vehicle so not sure what kind of MPG to expect. Currently driving in the city and traffic I'm getting about 32 MPG.

In preparation for the trip I've done the below:

Wheels Balanced
Oil Changed
New Fuel Filter
New Air Filter
New Cabin Air Filter
DieselGeek Skid Plate
Intake Manifold -Replaced under warranty yesterday
30 % window tint
Installed a Kenwood DNX994S with Garmin Maps and Andriod Auto/ Apple Carplay

Things I'm bringing with me for the trip:

12V air pump
Tire Plug kit
Socket Set
Torx Bits Set
Triple Square Sockets
Booster cables
2018 Road Atlas
First Aid Kit

Questions I have:

What size and type of fuse do I need for the 12V socket in the front and rear. I want to get a couple extras in case I run into any issues.

I have 17 inch alloys on the car. I replaced the spare with my full size 16 inch steel rim. Would I still be okay to use this temporarily given the rim size difference? Could I still travel at regular speed?

Is there any benefit to using any fuel additive before a long drive like this?

Let me know if you have any suggestions on any additional gear I should be bringing.

I will try to update the thread with pictures along the way.
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Old August 13th, 2018, 08:52   #2
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Location: Brampton, Ontario

We made it back from the trip last week. I'm no journalist or writer but just some basic points from the trip.

We drove close to 10,000 KM and averaged about 42 MPG. Highest we got was 46 MPG. Probably could have gotten more if we drove slower.

No major breakdowns but the car did develop a sort of creaking noise once we got to Colorado. It would manifest over bumps etc at slow speeds but no sounds or issues at highway speeds. I had the front springs and struts replace before we left because of a similar noises. So I thought it was maybe the rears this time. I got them replaced in Vegas but the noise did not completely go away. I didn't want to spend any more time or money on it so I just continued the rest of the trip as is. It could be a sway bar bushing or something I'm not sure.

We drove through the mountains from Colorado to Arizona. Made use of engine braking down the mountains to save the brakes.

Driving from Vegas to LA we hit temperatures of up to 50C (122F). The coolant temperature stayed fairly constant, it only went up a couple degrees at times. From 90C(194F) to 93C (199F)

We found that not all stations has diesel in LA and the ones that did it was very pricey.

Some stations along our trip advertised to have PS already added to their diesel.

Surprisingly on our last day about 3 hours away from home we got a check engine light for a clogged DPF. I would have thought all that highway driving would be great for the exhaust system. It was a PO401 code. I recently had my DPF replaced under the fix warranty. The light did go away a day before my appointment at the dealer so I canceled it.

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Old August 14th, 2018, 07:38   #3
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phantom 1260, I had a creaking sound in my 2015 Passat. It turned out that there was a loose/stripped bolt holding the EVO skidplate in place.
Check that if you have a skidplate other than the OEM one.

As for the mileage, are you using US gallons to compute? I drive about 5,000km in the fall through the USA but convert US gallons to Imperial gallons. My mileage is around 50 Mpg.
All LED interior bulbs. Several VCDS mods. Darker window tint. EVO skid-plate. Malone Stage 2, Malone DSG tune. Winpower Projector headlights. Angel eyes. LED DRL's. 24mm H&R rear sway bar. Phase 1 & Phase 2 done.

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Old August 14th, 2018, 09:29   #4
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Location: Brampton, Ontario

I have a DieselGeek skidplate I'll check to see if any of the bolts came loose. I got the oil changed at the dealer when I got the intake manifold done. I guess I should have asked them to reapply the locktite.

As for MPG I'm using US Gallons.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 14:35   #5
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I checked the bolts on the skid plate they seem to be fine. I'm leaning towards the shocks were not installed correctly.

I've read that you have to tighten everything with the suspension loaded on the ground.

I'm sure the mechanic tightened everything up while it was on the hoist. My regular VW mechanic was closed that day and I wanted to get it done before I went on the trip.

Not sure if I should go back to him to fix the issue or just get my regular mechanic to have a look at the next oil change.
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Old September 12th, 2018, 04:12   #6
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you want to tighten control arm bolts on the ground and not on hoist so that the bushings sit in proper orientation,
the creaking could be anything simple like a worn out sway bar bushing or loose sway bar endlink or drying out ball joint.

I think you did well.

The dpf is a big pain if it clogs as you know....if you can run a forced regeneration cycle via the vag software that might clean things out...
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