Things to check - remote driving.

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 21:56
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Hey All,

I have an 80 series diesel cruiser and as far as I know, no mechanical problems.

If I was going remote, what would be say the top 5 mechanical things (not tyres or radiator water level!) should I check before going?

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:01

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:01
1. Suspension
2. Steering
3. Brakes.
4. All fluids replaced (including diffs etc)
5 If economy not the best, injectors

Get a reputable mech to do a pre trip check...its worth it as he will pick up anything that you'll need doing big time.

But remember Murphy, and take some spares anyway.
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Reply By: Tony - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:12

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:12
Wheel Bearings repack
Replace belts. (Carry old ones as spares)
Change all oil's.

Check alternator bearings
Check water pump.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:24

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:24
All of the above (of course)
All cooling system components especially the fan clutch.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:26

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:26
And how's your power steering pump ?
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:28

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:28
If your batteries (I assume you have 2 ?) are over 18 months old, do yourself a favour and replace them. Batteries can give you more strife in the bush than a bad woman :)))
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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 17:46

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 17:46
Sorry Sir Footy, but there is no way anything or anyone can cause more trouble than a bad woman! LOL
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:37

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:37
Barry, I'd like to have personal confirmation of this interesting snippet, but alas they don't seem to jump at the opportunity for some strange reason. As soon as I start mentioning changing the tyres and living in a tent, they're off :)))
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:38

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:38
I would (did) service all the above.

I also carry a few spares EG: filters oil,fuel and air, perhaps a set of brake pads and wheel bearings a tube of grease some 1 litre bottles of engine oil, gear oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc, and a few fuses elec cable and connectors etc.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: 80seriescruiser - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 23:35

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 23:35
Thanks for the replies so far.

Fan clutch checked and fine.
New themostat in December.
New shockers and springs in October (tough dog).

Carry in the car:

10 litres engine oil.
Oil filter
Fuel Filter
Gasket glue
3 fan belts (1 spare for each of the 3 belts)
50 litres of water
Bars radiator stop leak x 2 tubes
Usual array of tools

Emergency gear includes:

Sat phone
Full medical kit
Standard UHF radio
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Follow Up By: V8 Troopie - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 00:20

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 00:20
Things that went wrong while I was 'out there' were: the starter motor - on one vehicle it filled up with fine dust and stopped working and on the present one of the brushes jammed and the thing refused to start the donk. You usually can't push start out there so check the starter as well - they are not easy to fix by the roadside.

Other problem was a radiator past its use by date, the core looked OK visually but it had problems on long drives which were not obvious while driving around town.

Carry some spare hoses as well, or something to fix leaking hoses and also suitable hosepipe clamps.

Carry top ups for ALL fluids (power steering, brake, etc.) as well as gear/diff oil. Carry some bearing grease and a small grease gun.

A box with assorted nuts/bolts/washers has been handy on my trips. Also cable ties, insulating tape, gaffa tape, liquid electrical tape, general glue.

There's lots more in the back when I go but the above is all I can think of at the moment that has not already been mentioned.
Klaus
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 08:39

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 08:39
I also have a tube of 'metal putty'. It's a 2 pak stuff, got me out of the poo with a cracked radiator bottom tank up the Cape..

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 09:40

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 09:40
Get the starter motors contacts replaced. They are well known for going u/s, and it's a reasonably cheap fix. Once they go, you don't go anywhere. I was lucky, mine went in Longreach on the way home.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 07:43

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 07:43
You may want to check for chassis cracking around the steering box - its becoming more common as these vehicles age.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 10:13

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 10:13
Belts and hoses are cheap. I would not carry old ones as spares, change what you have and keep a new set as spares. Recon your alternator and starter motor. I also reckon it's a good idea to fit a low water alarm and carry some of that putty that will fix holes in fuel tanks etc.
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Reply By: JimDi - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 15:02

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 15:02
I have a 1997 80 series petrol. Just recently, on advice from mechanic I replaced the radiator. Just starting to show the signs of its age. Had it replaced along with all the rubber attachments etc rather than risk it now on the road.
JimDi
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