Well i never thought i would do this!

Submitted: Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 18:10
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After having a bad vertigo attack laying under the wifes Toyota Aurion,I had to give it away and get the dealer we bought it off to do the service...I have done oil changes on all our jallopys for fifty years, but finally this mongrel vertigo thing has me beat for close up work when I lay down..Big dent in my pride and you get the chits about it, but it is what it is I have decided!.. On the other hand it is nice to pick the car up all polished, and cleaned everything checked( Ithink)..lol.
and away you go...Dunno who will be game to take on the old defender yet,Someone who likes getting dirty I hope...Then theres the machine, ..the joy of age AHHHH!.

Cheers Axle
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 20:30

Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 20:30
Hi Axle,
Growing old may not be too much fun but the other option ain't too good either.
Just remember growing old is mandatory; growing up is not. Keep the chin up & keep laughing. Take care mate .
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Follow Up By: axle - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:27

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:27
Thanks Mate.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Top End Az - Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 21:28

Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 21:28
I'm on my second Aurion, I reckon they are a great car, great smooth creamy power, plenty of space, cheap to run, but for the life of me I've never been able to lay under it without the trolley jack on full reach, they are very low to the ground. I havent done it but it would be a great car to drive around Oz, albeit without all the stuff you "need". Good you could work on it while you could.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 05:54

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 05:54
Please tell me you don't really lay under ANY vehicle that is supported ONLY by a jack (trolley or otherwise)......................
Roachie....Don't follow me....I'm lost!

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Follow Up By: axle - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:25

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:25
Top end Az, They Are one of toyos most under rated cars , they are a great thing for touring on the black stuff,and yes a trip around Oz in one would be good.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 22:33

Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 22:33
After a lifetime of crawling over, under and into a variety of machinery both road going and sea going, including every car we have owned over the years, we bought the wife a new RAV4 3 years ago. It came with the usual 3 year warranty and capped price servicing. After all those years of being the bunny that wound up with dirty hands and skinned knuckles, it was kinda nice to sit back in the dealer lounge with a cup of coffee and watch the TV, or get dropped off at home by a courtesy car while some other mug mechanic did what ever they considered was necessary.
Now that it's out of warranty and the services are no longer capped, I have been lucky to find a qualified mechanic that works from his own shed and has all the gear including a hoist.
He has been servicing my son in laws's work van and the daughters car for the last few years. She reckons I am way toooo old to do the servicing.
Unfortunately I am starting to believe she may be right.
Also I have to admit the "thrill"...lol of grovelling around under cars has lost it's appeal.


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Follow Up By: axle - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:19

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:19
Your right Pop,it doesn't take long to get used to sitting there with a coffee and a magazine ,and yeah my daughter seems to share the same opinion as yours lol.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: SCUBADOO - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:39

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 07:39
After working under our motorhome a few months ago and on standing up I had a severe case of vertigo followed by vomiting and feeling very ill for the rest of the day.
Two days later I was under there again with the same bad ending.
Google found a condition called BPPV.
The cure for me was instant using the Epley Maneuver.
bppv youtube
epley manouver
dix hallpike maneuver
It may just work for you. It has not returned.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 10:32

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 10:32
Ditto with me.
I had a bad case of positional Vertigo after working on my Discovery 11 and tried the manouvers.
Apparently it is caused by crystals forming in the middle ear and "short circuiting" the balance mechanism.
It hasn't been back now for a couple of years, but boy lying in bed with the room spinning wasn't much fun.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: gke - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 18:46

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 18:46
My wife has suffered from recurring BPPV for years. We were fortunate enough to find a physiotherapist who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment. She has taught me the technique and it has meant we can continue travelling to remote areas without too much worry. With bad attacks BPPV can cause a person to fall over suddenly.
It is important to have proper diagnosis to rule out other causes.
Disclaimer: I have no medical qualifications.
All the best, as BPPV can be debilitating.
Cheers, Graham.
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 at 09:59

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 at 09:59
I've suffered from that quite badly for a couple of years. Stand up and nearly fall over, lay down and the world spins so badly I feel sick.
It goes gradually and I'll be good for a while...... and am getting used to it now but will look at doing that exercise.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 22:47

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 22:47
Have had this for at least 10 years.
Comes and goes in spells of a few hours to a couple of weeks and I wouldnt be able to pass a walk the line sobriety test.
Have been to a similar physio lady and done the exercises she gave me but it still comes back every now and then. Have just learned to live with it
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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 08:38

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 08:38
I was standing in a chemist shop recently speaking to a friend of similar age and complaining about how old age sucks and he said to me, well Nev theres only one good thing about it, I said what,s that Colin?.........................................................................he replied....it doesn,t last long
Cheers, Nev
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 10:50

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 10:50
I had a dose of it about 15 years ago, so I know what it feels like, Axle. It's awful.Mine hasn't returned. I hope you have the same good fortune.


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Reply By: Graeme - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 11:13

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 11:13
I had bad vertigo when I was working in a tropical country in a very stressful environment.
My wife found out when I collapsed at home and made me go to the doc.
He diagnosed Meneuires disease and it turned out I had all the factors which made it happen.
Stress, too much salt in my diet and caffeine as we would have a coffee on our morning break.
I was put on Serc for a while, quit my job and came back to Australia, cut the salt and coffee and now I am back to normal, and no Serc either. My pilot medical is no more, but I have no stress now and can have a nice coffee occasionally.
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 13:40

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 at 13:40
I was the same working on the Landcruiser, laying on the creeper and head spinning like crazy. Went to a specialist who performed the Epley manoeuvre. Instant fix. Strongly recommend you try it. You can do it at home, you can't make it worse. I have been good again ever since, two years now.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Dec 30, 2016 at 09:53

Friday, Dec 30, 2016 at 09:53
Ditto Axle. I get a local 4wd shop to do all our mechanical and servicing work now. I can still do a few things like change wheel sets before a trip but nothing needing lots of strength or lying on my back. I can't lift the spare and have a winch system to lift it onto the rear carrier.

Things change quickly and all we can do is adapt and take it in our stride.


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Reply By: Billion Star Camper - Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 20:47

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 20:47
My father in law who is mid 80's has been servicing his statesman from new. About 27 years. It is the original 5 litre. He brag's that he has not changed the plugs ever. No matter how much we tell him he should do it he just says they only have to fire the fuel and they do that so why change them? A bit stubborn the old bloke.

I on the other hand get my disco 4 serviced by the dealer. The bill is never small. My only consolation is that it only needs servicing annually.
I am an apprentice retire. Its looking like my most successful career to date.

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