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Trip preparation
for your Land Rover

Going away from a convenient source of Land Rover parts and service?

The Graeme Cooper website page http://www.graemecooper.com.au/upgrades.htm contains useful background information on the improvements that will make your Land Rover safer and more reliable. However, this is not the only aspect to be considered when planning an extensive trip away from a convenient source of parts and service.

We are frequently asked what spares to take on an extended trip. While we certainly could compile a list and supply a kit of the most likely components, there are too many well-documented stories of trips being undertaken with loads of spare parts, only to have the one item for which no part is carried being the cause of a major problem. Additionally, consideration must be given to the tools needed and the mechanical (and increasingly the electronic) knowledge and skill of the driver or crew. The simple question is “where do you stop”?

Basic Land Rover vehicle checks

Of course, all the basics must be covered, like belts, hoses, oil seals, cooling system but a professional pre-trip inspection is absolutely vital. A really competent mechanic with extensive experience of the marque will have the specialist knowledge of what to look for on each vehicle type and model. Here are just a few examples:

  • Inspection of every potential source of oil and coolant leaks, including the rear of the engine and replacement of any defective seals, O-rings and hoses.
  • Diagnostic tests to determine the health of the engine.
  • Check and clearance of all fault codes
  • Suspension component check and replacement of any worn bushes, shocks or seals
  • Fuel & cooling system testing and repair as required.

By identifying when components and systems have failed, or are nearing the end of their effective life, they can be replaced and/or spares provided, thus eliminating many potential problems that otherwise might occur.

Basic Land Rover spares & back-up equipment

Of course, there will always be “common sense” items to carry – mostly those that could fail or be damaged regardless of how well the vehicle is prepared in advance. The following list is by no means complete, but covers most of the basics:

Air filters
Oil filters
Fuel filter
Set of hoses
Set of drive belts
Spare rims & tyres
Tyre repair kit
Engine oil
Transmission fluid
Gear oil
Brake fluid
Water
Radiator sealer
Coolant concentrate
Wheel bearings
Fuses
Headlamp & other bulb replacements
Brake pads
Heater hose
Hose clamps
Tool kit (see separate article)
High-lift jack
Tow strap/tree protector

This article is one of many written by ASPAC Consulting,in collaboration with the technical experts at Graeme Cooper Automotive. To download it in PDF format, Trip preparation.pdf

Please CONTACT US for help with your particular vehicle OR post a question on the forum.

 

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