Grenade is fixed

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 16:59
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Took grenade (dec 01 3.0lt pootrol) to a dyno tuner and got the works done on her. problem was solved on the phone when we told him the fault codes coming up and he said that it was typical of the blow up problems that these cars give......

*Air flow sensor $247.97
*Vacuum Solenoid $200.94
*Fuel filter $22.00
* Dyno test and report $95.00
*used vacuum actuator - no charge
* test power and boost. faults found: erratic idle, sudden loss of power, high boost pressure couples with erratic boost pressure swings. Severe air entry into fuel pump via poorly made drain plug thread on lower fuel filter partially seizing vacuum boost control solenoid, unfiltered air entering air inlet and coating sensor wire on air flow sensor, sensor actuator had been tampered with in attempt to rectify high boost due to sensor and valve failure, replaced actuator with used unit. $460.00
*NOTE: boost gauge reads 4psi too high at maximum boost, test carried out with master gauge. No further faults found after work carried out on the day.
Total cost $1128.50

Laura

PS......the "quads" are here....! Bridie Kate was born last Tuesday (10th). We are both doing really well after a little hiccup with her at the start but she is well and we are home!

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Reply By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:19

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:19
Congratulations all roundLaura.!




Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Dave Thomson - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:19

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:19
Hi Laura, so what will you do now, are you sticking with it or no ?
BTW congrats to you and the little un'
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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:11

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:11
Yeah gunna keep it seeing that the prob is solved. These guys know what they are talking about and say that the blowing up prob is solved, if fair trading recommend them to fix the prob then it should be all good.

she drives like a dream now apparently (Im still not driveable....but give me a week or 2 and Ill be back in her)
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:58

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:58
I sincerely hope you are correct when you place so much faith in the bloke who reckons he's fixed it for good.

I don't pretend to know all the foibles of the 3 litre Patrol, but I have read oodles of stuff on the Patrol4x4 forum.

From what I have seen on there, the list of things that needs to be done to prevent overboost and to monitor what's going on is as follows:

1) Fit a oil catch can
2) Fit a Dawes Valve (I understand this "blows off" at a certain boost pressure, thus relieving any over boost issues before they have a chance to blow a piston)
3) Block off the EGR valve
4) Fit a boost gauge (just to be sure)
5) Fit a EGT gauge
6) Use only a Nissan air filter (NOT K&N or Finer Filter etc)
7) Fit a low water alarm (okay okay, I added this one myself cos I reckon they should be mandatory on every vehicle).

I think these were the only things from memory.

If I had to own a 3 litre Patrol, those are the things I'd be doing to it. Not an overly expensive list when compared to an engine blow up.

Roachie

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Follow Up By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:12

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:12
Roachie

Good list. So far, I have already done 1) Provent 200, 3), 4), 5) - but it doesn't work, currently talking with VDO distr and an Oil Pressure gauge.

Now have mixed feelings about 7) after reading electrolysis stories.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:45

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:45
Roachie!, I hope Nissan don't build a 6.0 L motor and have the same probs!..lol.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:53

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:53
Congrats on the new arrival.
Where did you take the Patrol to?
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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:08

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:08
TUurbo Glide in wollongong
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:00

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:00
I too would like to ask who you took the car to, sounds like they know their stuff.

And congrats on the quintuplets, don't you think you should call each one a different name rather than Bridie Kate, that will be confusing at the 21st.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:10

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:10
Hey Bonz....!

Turbo Glide in Wollongong, they were recommended by fair trading along with the guys at Berrima- took TG because they are closer.....
Yeah will be a confusing 21st!!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:11

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:11
Thanx Laura will be calling by there next time we venture north I think.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:13

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:13
They were fantastic, had prob solved on phone with the faults and probs Nathan described....it was what they specialise in....
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Follow Up By: howesy - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:25

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:25
Suppose everyone has their own story and experience. I took my diesel to berrima once, but only once. Wouldn't recommend them to work on a billy cart but I'm sure there are plenty of good experiences maybe mine was just the odd one out.
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 00:46

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 00:46
howesy, I had the same experience.Like you would not let them touch a billy cart.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 16:21

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 16:21
glad we didnt go there then...!!lol!! But your 2 stories are the only 2 bad ones Ive heard to come out of there, aah well...cannt all have luck a good experience.....Ive sure had the bad ones!
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:01

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:01
So when is the Cruiser returning to the Stable??

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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:10

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:10
haha Kev! get back to work!
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Reply By: Dave... Adelaide (SA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:01

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:01
Glad to hear its all sorted Laura....Congrats on little Bridie!
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:05

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:05
Laura,

I had an after market turbo fitted to my 80 series a few years ago at Turboglide and all I can say is that they are absolutely fantastic at what they do.

Some time after the install I had a problem with the engine that was totally unrelated to the turbo or the install and the dealer tried to get out of the warranty repair by blaming the turbo install.

When I went to NRMA technical for advise and help they were initially reluctant to become involved but when they found out that Turboglide had done the install they got behind me 100% and went to the dealer on my behalf and next thing I knew, the whole engine was replaced under warranty.

What I am trying to say is that even NRMA have the greatest respect for Turboglide, so I am not surprised that they have fixed the problem with the minimum of fuss and cost.

On a different note, congratulations to you both on the addition to the family.

Take care

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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 16:19

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 16:19
Cheers Cruiser,

They were also recommended by the local NRMA bloke so Im glad we went to them!
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Reply By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:07

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:07
Just love a good result story Laura. Congrats.

Mine is also now rebuilt - Rebuild Kit from Engine Australia $1.100 (250km and climbing :-) ) and I am also keeping mine. But I've been known to change my mind at times. Must admit I've now been looking at the Isuzu D-MAX (because it can tow 3000kg AUTO).

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Reply By: Best Off Road - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:09

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 19:09
So did the dealer pay for this?

Was it considered to be a warranty issue?

What role did Fair Trading play in this.

Was the dealer deemed to have broken any laws?

Cheers,

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Follow Up By: Kiwi and Grenade - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 07:29

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 07:29
seeing that I cannt say too much, all I can say is that FT couldn't play too much of a role because they cannt force anyone to pay up but I can say that it is all sorted.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 21:36

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 21:36
Hi Laura
Congratulations to You and Nathan on the new Bub, glad to see
that the Truck problem has been sorted out.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 22:01

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 22:01
Awsome news guys, congrats on the new addition.
If i had to choose one thing to do to the grenade, it would be egt gauge, u can then drive it and keep an eye on whats happening inside the motor and back off if 600 celcius is reached....
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 23:45

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 23:45
congrats for bridie and for now having a reliable motor
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