Direct injection injectors

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 12:30
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I’ve read quite a bit about modern direct injection diesels. I have also read that the cost to replace the injectors being is up to $1000 each, in some cases more. I am considering buying a turbo diesel jackaroo, maybe a 3.0TD Patrol if the budget stretches before spending at least 12 months living in and travelling around the Kimberley region. I’ve read that one bad batch of fuel is enough to cause these injectors damage requiring replacement, replace one replace all I am told. Living in that region I guess is going to have a higher chance of getting a bad batch of fuel and I’m not real keen on the idea of having to replace these injectors and am wondering if anyone has experienced problems with these new direct injection injectors. I’ve also heard that they are not throw away items and can be reconditioned. As you can see I’ve heard a lot and would like if anyone could add substance to these rumours. Apart from the injectors is your average Kimberley mechanic going to be able to repair one of these new direct injection diesels?
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Reply By: Eric - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 22:06

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 22:06
The injectors are safe provided your fuel filter is in good order, If you stay with the original filters and carry a spare you are extremaly unlikely to damage an injector, the things that drivers do to there vehicles that cause this type of fialure are poking a screw driver through the fiter because its blocked or blowing with compressed air to clean it. Very rare to have a good Nissan filter fail. Eric,
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Reply By: desert - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 09:40

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 09:40
Cookie, you would have to be extremely unlucky to cop a load of crap fuel that gets through to the injectors. But having said that, filters are not entirely infallible and the occurrance is rare, but possible. I believe that the Jack injectors are rebuildable, but not by your Kimberley mechanic, it's a specialists task, and the Patrol one are not. They are throw away items and are quite expensive. Having said that, a friend has just had this very same problem happen to him, although it is an in-direct 4.2 Nissan GU, he copped a watery batch of Mobil fuel, filled up and was not able to start the car next morning. He checks his filter drain and finds water. As he had kept the reciept, he could prove where the fuel came from. To cut to the chase, the fuel system had to be rebuilt and cost around the $6000 mark which he claimed on his own insurance. Not sure if the insurance company is chasing the servo?
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Follow Up By: simon - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 16:44

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 16:44
Hey desert

Which insurance company was it? i didnt realise that any company would cover mechanical parts would be most interested as i am about to buy a 4.2L GU turbo int 99 model

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Reply By: desert - Monday, Apr 21, 2003 at 21:14

Monday, Apr 21, 2003 at 21:14
Simon, sorry I don't know, I did not ask him.
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Reply By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 07:52

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 07:52
I think you'll find the diesel in Pilbara & Kimberley to be just fine everywhere except possibly the lesser frequented roadhouses as there is a huge reliance on trucks etc for transportation and a necessity to provide them with good quality fuel. There's also the fact that majority of 4WD's up here are diesel.
After 5 years in the Pilbara I've never had a problem anywhere in NW of WA. You will find that there are soom good quality mechanics in Kimberley too (not everyone wants to live in the big smoke) and it will be just a case of sniffing them out.
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