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Jake wrote...
I'm in the High Wycombe area (south bucks) adn deperately need info on
reliable and dependable MOT shops (not the kind who would rip you off
and tell you you have to replace bits that don't need replacing).
Anyone in the area with some experience?
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Jake I am just over the hill from you and find the same problem in the
area. There appear to be no specialist all-makes 4WD garages who also do
MoT's and would be fair about it. You have to go into more rural areas to
find them.
But Roman is right, they should just do the test without any favour and the
report sheet should show technicalities of any failure. Roy Chapman in
Berkhamsted did my Pajero and they have enough work with Mazda and Citroen
to bother spannering an aged 4WD. They only rejected a slightly weeping
brake line banjo washer. Soon fixed by removing and annealing it and
putting it back on.
If your car is in good nick then there should be no problem. Just make sure
the lights all work - including the dash lights for fog lamps etc: all
brake hoses are good: all wheel bearings are good and tight: lamp lenses
comply with UK requirements (they have an 'E' number on them): you have
thrashed the engine just before you take it in to ensure it is not smoking
or likely to chuck out any soot from the silencer - also put some additive
in the fuel and maybe even fill-up with BP ultimate: and make sure that the
pedal rubbers have moulded ribs right across them - a common failure point!
And you have put a rear fog light on haven't you?
Can offer no more help, but if you find a good place please let us all know?
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia, now sharing time between Alfold Surrey
and Tring Herts.
 
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Thanks for the replies.
I got it MOT'd downtown after all. It passed after the guy replaced
some bulbs and alligned the lights for me. I'm very dubious as to
whether they do a good job. I don't even know what the name of the
place was, but they took my car around the corner to some other MOT
place.
Anyways, I'm still looking now for a place where I can take my cruiser
so someone can have a good look at the filters and advise me as to
what oil I need to put in and all that. Also a place that won't rip me
off. (hard to find these days it seems. Seems if you drive a big car
it means you've got cash to blow)
Thanks again for the advise
Have a nice weekend all of you
Cheers
Jake van Schaik
'90 LJ-78
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Hi Jake,
Your best bet is to ask specifics to the list here about oils, etc if
you are going to do it yourself.
If you aren't going to do it yourself, still ask the questions here and
then go to a local 4x4 garage and give them a specific list of what you
want done.
On top of that, if you want a chat, just give me a call.
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Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift
 
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Thanks Julian
I'll definitely keep that in mind.
My ol' cruiser is of the smaller variety (2.4 EFI TD). Automatic. I
get around 17 miles to the gallon and I know the engine size/vehicle
size ratio doesn't help, but I'm sure it's not spposed to be this
uneconomical.
Bearing in mind te age of the vehicle (1990) and the mileage (112000
kilmetres), what oil should I use? I won't do the work myself, so I'd
get some diesed mechanic to do it if I can find a decent one. Any
special filters I should use? etc?
Thanks again.
cheers
Jake
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Nice to hear that you got through OK Jake.
Julian wrote...
Your best bet is to ask specifics to the list here about oils, etc if
you are going to do it yourself.
SNIP...
Quite right too. But for engine oil changes, don't bother to do it
yourself, it is cheaper, and cleaner, for Kwik Fit or National Tyres to
do it. I just got my Pajero done with 6.9 litres of Duckhams semi-synthetic
using my own filter for 15 quid. You can't buy the oil for that price
yourself, let alone dispose of old stuff and get paid for your labour.
I have also used Kwik Fit with the same results. BUT.... last year I went
to them and they kept me waiting for a delivery of filters b4 they could do
the change. The manager said - 'next time bring your own filter and we can
do it without delay, saves the hassle with parts for a grey import'.... So
idiot that I am, I got one this time from a factor, went into Kwik Fit and
was told they do not fit 'pattern parts'. I said well its a Cooper filter
which is what you fit too. The reply then changed to 'we don't fit
customer's parts'... they then denied they told me to bring my own in to
them. I had used National Tyres b4 and they had no problem with my filter,
problem solved.
I don't use fancy synthetic gear oil, and prefer to change it myself with
an oil syringe. The 80 is easy to do as I can do it without jacking it up,
I just slide my lovely little gorilla body underneath ;o) The Pajero has
to be raised at all 4 corners to keep it level. But I still prefer to do it
myself.
I prefer MANN filters for the 80 as it is an exact copy of the Toy one with
an integral by-pass. MANN have a good catalogue and you should find your
engine in it. Allparts the factors now sell retail and they do MANN
filters, worth a try. (Have a branch in Hemel Hempstead if none in Wycombe).
I use castrol synthetic in my 80 engine despite, I think, 260,000+ kms
now. No leaks at all. Sermi-synth in the Pajero, again with no leaks.
Millers is good stuff too, used it in my first diesel years ago, in our
area the local accessory chain 'The Motorists Centre' retail Millers..
Thanks to Jon W advising us to join Costco, I see they have cheap 5 USG
containers of Chevron oil in all flavours for those that like to DIY. Very
cheap Bosch batteries there too. (Your nearest is in Watford - big tins of
Heinz beanz too ;o))
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia, now sharing time between Alfold Surrey
and Tring Herts. Where the mighty 2 cylinder Ruggerini is now running and
ready to cruise.
 
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