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Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:08
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IF...you were making a list of checks, work to be done etc to give to your mechanic for a 100series turbo diesel LC about to embark on a 6 week 12,000 km trip from Sydney, Alice, Tanami, Katherine, Darwin, Gulf, Cape York and back to Sydney what would be on that list??

I have so far made this list:

New clutch assembly (it has been shuddering for a few months now anyway)
Full service
Check all suspension
Check engine mounts
Grease all joints
Flush radiator and replace coolant
Repack wheel bearings
Service air-con
and..........
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:17

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:17
Kiwi I would take the truck to good 4wd mechanic sothern syd the 4wd service centre at taren point on the nth side the traction 4 at artarmon.
The will do the complete service and well.

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:24

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:24
Eric..thanks for the prompt reply.

Not looking for recommendations for WHO to do the work looking for ideas of WHAT to get done.

Wanna try again :-)))
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:33

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:33
Kiwi go from the front to rear and check every thing from your list you will be covering it all.

Have a good one
Eric
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Reply By: navaraman - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:33

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:33
If your having the radiator flushed get them to fit new hoses all round and give you the old ones back. That way you've got a spare set that you know will fit in an emergency,
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:36

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:36
Kiwi,
I think Eric is right....take it to the experts, they'll know what needs to be done/checked. By all means, ask them first what they plan to do and how much they'll charge you.....if they say they're gunna do something you've already done (eg: change the air in the tyres) then tell 'em to knock that off the list.
A lot of the stuff you've mentioned (eg: check suspension, check engine mounts) should be things you could and should do yourself on a regular basis. I love spending a bit of time on my back under my rig. I'd much rather do it in my drive way and have half an idea of what's right and what's not. Then, if there is something nasty happen on a trip, I'll have at least half a chance of climbing underneath and seeing whats been moved or dropped off etc.
To leave the WHOLE job to the experts might not necessarily be the best thing in itself, but I'd get them to do the tricky bits.
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 00:09

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 00:09
Don't forget the door hinges - the squeeeeal can get pretty annoying after a few days, unless you pack the CRC, RP7, graphite or whatever you use to make things slip (wonder if KY would work LOL).

Also, as with the hoses, get the accessory drive belts replaced (or do it yourself) and chuck the old ones in for spares.

Finally, don't stress too much about it. Murphy's Law says that the one item you miss will be the one that fails. I once took a 1949 Fargo ute up the Murray, and had spares for just about everything - even a spare gearbox. Only problem I had was a stripped diff, and that was the only spare I left behind!!

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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 01:10

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 01:10
I dont know what a 100 series is worth but surely a factory workshop manual would be at top of the must buy list.
It contains all the requirements and the periods in between.
Compiling information this way,even with everyones good intentions,can still lead to something important being forgotten.
On a long trip its wise to take a manual if only for parts identification and the troubleshooting guide.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul T- Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 10:13

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 10:13
Ross

I have priced the factory workshop and was told $700.00 for the mechanical manual, and around the same for the body manual.

At the moment there are no alternatives to the OE manuals that I can find anywhere. The OE prices are somewhat over the top in my view.

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:01

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:01
Paul,
Same situation with the GU Patrol.....no aftermarket (ie: Gregory's etc) workshop manual available.
Crazy.............
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Follow Up By: ross - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:20

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:20
Paul I thought you would say that. I had alook around and come up with a Max Ellerys manual that coVers the 1 HD FTE 2000-2002 $52.95.
Sydney siders may be able to pickup.

http://www.marque.com.au/scripts/BooksByMake.asp?Make=Toyota&Type=C
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul T- Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:42

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:42
Ross

Thanks for that, had a look at the site and will make further inquiries.

The trouble is my Cruiser is a 2003 model. Wonder how much diference between mine and the 2002 models.

Cheers and thanks again

PT
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