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Hi guys. I live in the North Bay and I'm looking for someone that is a good mechanic to help me with a few projects. My goal here is two fold. 1) to get some work done for less than the $135/hour labor rate charged by local Marin independents. And 2) I want to help with the work and learn how to do some of it myself.

Let me know if you have any interest in making some money and all you can drink Pliny (possibly the Younger as my buddy works at RR Brew Co) and teaching someone the ropes. My truck is a 1991 200 TDI. The projects in order of priority/severity are:

1) read differential leak - need to seal the rear case and pinion. My understanding is that this is not a tough job but I'm not comfortable doing it myself

2) Transfer box - it is leaking and could be resealed or replaced. Not sure about the gear box

3) steering box - is leaking and I've been told needs to be replaced but would like to get another opinion.




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Based on location and desire, I would suggest you reach out to our very own Tiger Dan Harris. 

 

Hopefully he will chime in soon.


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Based on location and desire, I would suggest you reach out to our very own Tiger Dan Harris.

Hopefully he will chime in soon.


Thanks. I sent Dan a PM. Let me know if anyone else is willing/able/interested.




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Not sure how much help I can be other than I have a 200Tdi, tools, space to work and most importantly a patient saint of a wife.
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Tons of great resources within the club from Drop off at CTMotorwerks to testing the patience of Chris's amazing wife (I think I've done both, I KNOW I've done the latter ;-)

 

+1 for reaching out to TigerDan. "One Stop Shop" for getting it done up in your neck of the woods. He's got his fingers in many pies so hopefully he can fit you in on your timeline.

 

Also, check out Meridian for the Power Steering Box.  Not only is it THE box to use, NCLR has a discount in place with them. More details in the Sponsor section.

 

Good luck,

 

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Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately I think Walnut Creek is just too far away to be practical for the work. The shops in Marin I am speaking with are J&A and Ed Wright both in San Rafael.

I sent an email to Meridian to get details on the steering box.

Are the steering box and the rear diff projects that are reasonable to take on either by myself or with some help/guidance? Keep in mind that I basically have no car maintenance experience but am reasonably handy.


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can you see where the leak is coming from at your steering box? Leak when pump (engine) is running? 

I had a leak at my steering box recently, and traced back to a nut holding the line from the pump got itself loose. 

Knock wood, that was easy fix with a small wrench. 

 

And where is the transfer case leaking & how bad is it? 

I haven't done it myself (my leak is slow enough it doesn't bother me), and if leak is at bottom plate... that is a DIY. 

 

Maybe some pictures will help. 


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can you see where the leak is coming from at your steering box? Leak when pump (engine) is running? 
I had a leak at my steering box recently, and traced back to a nut holding the line from the pump got itself loose. 
Knock wood, that was easy fix with a small wrench. 
 
And where is the transfer case leaking & how bad is it? 
I haven't done it myself (my leak is slow enough it doesn't bother me), and if leak is at bottom plate... that is a DIY. 
 
Maybe some pictures will help.

 
Hi guys.  I'm attaching a few photos of transfer/gear boxes.  Not sure where the steering box is so didn't take any photos.  I don't know if the photos will be helpful in assisting in identifying leaks/issues.  With regards to the Rear Diff, i took off the breather tube and cleaned out the banjo bolt (which was full of crap).  I'm hoping that cleaning this out will ease pressure on the rear diff.  The two shops i brought my truck to both said the steering box and transfer box have mild leaks.

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Yeah those don't look bad at all. My transfer case leaks like that. It also looks like you have the wading plug in the transmission. I think those are only supposed to be in when wading but I could be wrong. If you want to drive to Livermore I'm happy to at least pole around with you and see what we find.

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The TC seepage looks similar to what's going on under my truck.

The bolts to the cover has similar droplets. I check the TC fluid level every ~500 miles. At last check (500miles after fill), I find no measurable loss. 

If you haven't check, that's the first thing I suggest doing. 

I got some good tips/how to check & change the diff & TC fluid from here:

 

The steering box should be connected to the steering rod, to the front of the truck (at least that's where it is for my NAS D90, LHD). 

You can find the workshop manual for Defender 90 & 110's here: 

http://www.landrover...-rover-manuals/


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Thank you. Helpful video for sure. Can anyone else confirm regarding the "wading plug"?


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Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you all know that I connected with Dan and he has been incredibly helpful. He taught me quite a bit already and repaired a bunch of the little annoying things that would've taken me countless hours to figure out. There are a number of items remaining on the punch list and I'm confident that with Dan's help I will get through them. This crew is awesome. Can't wait to participate in an event soon


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Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you all know that I connected with Dan and he has been incredibly helpful. He taught me quite a bit already and repaired a bunch of the little annoying things that would've taken me countless hours to figure out. There are a number of items remaining on the punch list and I'm confident that with Dan's help I will get through them. This crew is awesome. Can't wait to participate in an event soon


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Dan does know his way around a Rover V8.


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awesome!

btw, if you haven't greased the u-joints.. you should add that on the to-do list. 


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awesome!
btw, if you haven't greased the u-joints.. you should add that on the to-do list.


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Chris, that is an unusual walking stick you have there. :D


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Chris, that is an unusual walking stick you have there. :D

"Walking Tall"...Rover edition

 

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Dan does know his way around a Rover V8.

Thanks, Don. I'm also not too bad finding my way around a TDi, which is what Kurt has. I seem to be working on more and more of them lately...everyone wants to burn oil!


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Damn, I wish I could go back of getting my hands dirty on a Tdi instead of the V8... I must be a special kind of masochist.

Although to be fair, other than the P gasket, never had issues with the Tdi's



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I want to give a shout out to Dan for helping me on multiple occasions w my truck. His depth of knowledge is incredible and his attention to detail is aways appreciated. He has given me a leak free (mostly and for now :)) truck for the first time after repairing rear diff, transfer case leak and front pinion. Dan you are the man.


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