will my car make an 8 hours drive

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ok my brother texts me today that he needs a favor and that is to take my 02 ford escort zx2 to Michigan From Chicago. About an 8 hour drive to the destination one way. my car has 44k miles all original. at 45K it will meet its 3k OCI. Is it okey if i go over 3k considering it will get a ton of highway miles? Also my serpentine belt is original and has small cracks all over it but works fine.... Would this be a concern? Or should he just ask my dad for the 07 civic which is treated like a queen? (But i don't want him to take that car)
 

JHZR2

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Absolutely nothing wrong with the oil OCI. The belt is no guarantees, but they take a lot of abuse before failing. l
 
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Little perpindicular cracks help serpentine belts flex. Something like this was probably getting iffy enough to replace. You could look at it as "it made it this far".
 
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Your brother will be fine. No problems at all on the oil. Change the serp belt when he gets home. They cost around $20 or so. 8 hours from Chicago to Michigan? Where is he going, the UP? I used to do downtown Chicago to Detroit north suburbs in under 5 hours.
 

Bulli

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he told me its far up around 7-8 hours. the car is a stick shift and going 60 it will be reving at around 2700k i trust my bro with the car he is a good driver. I was going to change the serpentine belt but clearance is very tight to do so. and that belt is exactly how mine looks like hehe
 
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Fresh oil and filter would be a no brainer for an 8hr trip, plus if your belt looks like the one in the pic I would change it, quik and easy fixes for peace of mind on your trip ;\)
 

Bulli

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well i got off my lazy put and took the belt of. i will be getting a new one shortly. Safe should be Safe and sound now.
 
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Now you just need to drive around town a couple of hundred miles to make sure you put it on right, didn't upset something else, or don't have an early belt failure (dud).
 
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