Me and two friends (who are siblings) have to drive a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country 2,000 miles. My companions believe it is damaging to a car to drive more than a few hundred miles with out stopping to let it cool down and, “heal”, I guess. They normally stretch the 25hr drive into a 4-5 day affair! That would be an absolute disaster so I need some authority to help persuade them that we can make it take 2 days. (20hrs split 3 ways on day one, home by lunch the next day)
I am a engineering major (senior year) and the only one with mechanical skill, but my word isn’t good enough. I need some authority. Can you help me find documentation to persuade them that a car can drive a very long time so long as its fluids and tires are closely monitored.
Here is what sounds like BS to them. If you can help with any of these that would be great.
-The car is best at normal highway speeds and loads. This is the type of thing it was designed to do.
-Cars don’t need to cool down if the gauge says its OK, in fact heating and cooling cycles do a lot more damage.
- Gas ups (about 400 miles) are excellent intervals to check fluids and tires.
- Letting a car set for a while does nothing to help it, it’s not like it can “heal”.
- Just because their Dad, and Billy-Bob from down the street say you need to stop doesn’t mean it’s true. Such human intuition applies to animals not machines.
And very important!
- you’re supposed to downshift coming down a mountain and let the transmission slow you rather than ride the brake. In fact using the brakes a whole lot for such long periods is dangerous!
They mistrust online forums, so I’m looking for web articles, video articles, manuals, manufacturer’s tips and tricks etc. Maybe a book!