Submitted: Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 10:38
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Hi yall,
We recenly just came back from a camping trip to Tangalooma (Moreton Island).
Our first 10 mins on the island we encountered some 4b problems and stuck without transport for the whole week.....a lesson learnt. We are not first timers, but are reasonably new to the game.
First it was the battery, starter motor, fuel pump, and then a wet coil.
First I must a make mention to the fantastic people who helped us out, to one particular couple that charged our battery for us. (even though we had a battery charger - (I might mention someone on my team forgot to charge before we left) have to laugh!!!
And secondly as we are reasonably new to all this has anyone got some sound advice for us so next time we don't get stuck?
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 11:58

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 11:58
Preparation,If some things not quite right, fix it before you go,recipe for disappointment
Look carefully at what went wrong,how it went wrong, future things that will go wrong and if possible a plan B.
Love Moreton Is ,Brisbane's best kept secret
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Follow Up By: scuba cat - Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 10:41

Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 10:41
Thanks for your advice! we did all the the pretrip checks and required servicing.....i guess just older 4b's are just asking for more attention than we anticipated.
We know better next time and we are getting some handy tips from everyone.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 15:53

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 15:53
Well, what a trip. On my first trip to Fraser in 1978 the transfer case broke north of Happy Valley (an issue known to Toyota but no recall). That was an adventure!!!
Point by point suggestions for you for a better trip next time:
The battery - which battery? Your car battery charges when the engine is running so I am thinking camping battery. You may want to set up a system to charge this from the alternator too - dual battery system or similar.
Starter motor - usually fail from age or neglect - maintenance is the key, not just the local garage but a specialist who understands fourbys - or buy the book and study your vehicle's workings yourself.
Fuel pump - ditto.
Wet coil - how did it get wet? Speeding through water is only for advertising purposes and fools. Dry it with a de watering fluid and a rag.
Water and especially salt water causes havoc with machinery (brakes, steering, drive train, starter motors, alternators and body panels to start). Keep out of it or drive slowly.
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Follow Up By: scuba cat - Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 10:49

Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 10:49
Not silly enough to drive thru the salt water, however did see a few silly people causing havoc in the salt water at hightide.....it did rain quite a bit while we were there. Went up middle road there were a few puddles of water that were completly unavoidable......pretrip checks were in place and a reputable 4b servicing was put in place before we went.
However we were not going to be doing any hard 4wheel driving.....so mistakenly assumed that only the minor would need to be done.....know better next time hey.
I am getting some good advice so I will make sure that is put in place for the next trip.
I must say though, my knowledge on cars may not be the best, but I surprised myself in fianally diagnosing the problem.....maybe I will buy myself a manual and do some light reading.
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