Patrol 3.0l diesel

Submitted: Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 15:59
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Just bought a Patrol 3.0l diesel (May 2000) and need some advice. To fill you in, the vehicle it replaced was a 1973 Landrover - and we would like the same sort of reliability from the 'new' beast, but the difference between the two is equivalent to a comparison between climbing Currumbin Hill and Mt Everest. It was a reps car from Roma and has 130,000 ks on the clock and while oil filter/changes were done every 5,000 (I tracked down the previous driver at the Injune pub!), it has only had 3 'proper' services. As soon as we got it we changed the air and fuel filters but since we overextended our budget by like $11K on the dream machine (we paid $31K with 3 month warranty) we would love some advice on some do-it-yourself maintenance/trouble shooting tips, to delay the presumably costly service it most richly deserves.
Cheers Karen and Mark
PS This forum is brilliant!!
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Reply By: Member - Robert - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 16:17

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 16:17
We have a 2000 gu also & my mechanic told me to replace brake fluid
as it will have collected water I would also replace Trany & diff oils

TOP choice in vehicle

good luck
robert
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Follow Up By: Karen+mark - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 17:29

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 17:29
Robert, thanks heaps for your prompt response, and if you don't mind (after tearing Mark away from the underneath the new pride and joy) he has come up with more than a few extra queries.
1) After draining of diffs and axles, are they just filled back to the filler hole (till it runs out the filler hole) or would you know the measured quantity to go in each diff (front and back), 2) does this system work the same for transmission and gearbox fluid e.g. drain and fill until it runs out the filler hole. 3) do the front wheeling hubs contain grease or oil and by removing one of the four bolts at the top of the knuckle is this the refiller point as he can't find a side filter like in the Landrover that shows you the side level.

If this makes no sense it is because I am translating jargon I have no idea of! I realise a copy of a workshop manual would be a great help on these issues. Anyone on the Gold Coast or Brisbane willing to lend me a copy for an hour or so to be photocopied would be most appreciated.

Also, when 'Zues' (I name everything) is parked uphill, diesel drips onto the front diff. Is this normal and if not what is the likely cause?

Cheers, Karen and Mark (enthusiastic and euphoric new patrollers)

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew O - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 06:46

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 06:46
Karen,
There is a gregory;s manual covering the 3.0l gu - can get it from dymocks over the net, or order it in from the local shop. Answers all the questions Mark will ever have, and will save you haveing to translate jargon :)). The actual workshop manuals from Nissan are big $$$.

Personally, I change engine oil and all filters every 10K, ALL fluids changed at 40K ... if you read the owners manual carefully, this is actaully what nissan recommend if you use the car for its intended purpose.

Mine has never dripped any diesel, regardless of how its parked - i'd be checking the fuel lines around the filter pretty closely.

Enjoy the car ... I know we have.

Cheers
Andrew O
Sept 2000 3.0gu
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Reply By: Member - Robert - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 18:29

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 18:29
Yes fill to top of filler hole, ignore hubs mechanic job, diesel leak not normal.

have fun
robert
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Follow Up By: Karen+Mark - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:32

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:32
Thanks heaps for the reply
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Reply By: brian - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 19:09

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 19:09
Robert is spot on no diesal leaks
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Follow Up By: Karen+Mark - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:34

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:34
Thanks Brian for the follow up
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 22:41

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 22:41
K & M, Happy travelling in your new wagon. Check king pin bearings on front axle, if Nissan is like Tojo(yeah, I know they're not as good), there will be 2 bungs high up inboard of brake backing plate. They need greasing regularly, depending how much off road/fording work you will do. Agree with above about changing all fluids, use good quality coolant.

Doing a search here will give you some idea of oils to use to maintain it for a long life. think many nissan owners are right into synthetics. If youre kind to it, it'll last as long as a toyota. Hooroo...

PS While they are not infallible, a workshop manual is $40 well spent.
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Follow Up By: Karen+Mark - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:36

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:36
Borrowed the Gregorys manual from the library and proving VERY useful. Thanks for the comments
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Follow Up By: Karen+Mark - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:36

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:36
Borrowed the Gregorys manual from the library and proving VERY useful. Thanks for the comments
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Reply By: sean - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 19:29

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 19:29
Karen & Mark

Congratualtions on your purchase. I have the same year/model and its an impresive vehicle. I am very happy with mine.

Sean
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Follow Up By: Karen+Mark - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:39

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 07:39
We are not just happy, we are euphoric!! Thanks Sean for the reply and will keep you all posted on developments. Big improvement on the 73 Landrover!! Cheers K&M
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