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Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Hey chaps.

Few questions here:

1) How often do you ACTUALLY repack bearing grease (Ps:i know what the manual says)
2) How often do you replace wheel bearing?
3) Have you truly trusted the Nissan Technician to do this correctly?
4) Dis the Nissan Technician execute this correctly?
5) Should i rather repack it myself? (i do enjoy mechanics and im normally of the mindset that if someone else can do it i can too)
6) What kind of costs are involved (using genuine parts)
7)how can i check if my bearing are in need of grease repacking / if they are stuffed.

Russ.
by Russ Kellermann
03 Sep 2012 15:06
 
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Re: Transfer Case Assembly Procedure

I had my TC chain replaced under nissan warranty as i had/have the 4.2 rumbles (common particularly with Nissan Heavy duty clutch install).Nissan said they believed the chain to be stretched, so they replaced the chain and the noise was slightly less for a few days then back to normal.

Turns out its normal with HD clutch and this is consistent with all talking to people in Australia on the matter.

The nissan chain is apparently triple linked and very robust.

This all happened before 100 000km . Vehicle now on 175 and no issues at all, still noisy when idling at low RPM, as per most 4.2D with HD clutch instal.
by Russ Kellermann
19 Aug 2013 09:53
 
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Re: Transfer Case Assembly Procedure

Just a few points re OME install.

1: Open and close the shocks a few times by hand before installing, that way fluid reaches all o-rings/seals, and wont "blow out" or rupture when you drive off for the first time. Seen this happen.

2: Remove all paint on the pin thread at the end of the shocks, i used a soft brush head on the grinder. Reason being that the paint clogs the thread and nylok nuts bunch up, eventually the rebound delivered by the patrol will start to flatten the culprit threads and eventually trip the pin. Seen this happen.

3: after the above, apply light dose of copperslip to thread, just a little.

Good luck.
by Russ Kellermann
28 Aug 2013 09:48
 
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Check Your Banjo boys.... trust me... pics added

No,...not the "you got a perty mouth" kinda banjo..... im talking banjo filters..

For a long while now ive been concerned that my patrol seemed to have slowly but surely less powerful than when i purchased the vehicle, and used the slihgjtest bit more fuel,.... problem is that i didnt have the figures to prove this and i was wondering if its was all just in my head or not,.... and for about a year or so now i've been interested in weather or not i should check and replace injector tips or leave them well alone (like i have been warned to do).....,

but a few days back i noticed my patrol had a subtle feeling of fuel starvation, mostly when going above 2300rpm, but also felt "heavy" during traffic crawing as if the clutch was slipping,... but it wasnt as the revs stayed constant, just felt a bit dead.

I checked the filter, which had done 5000km of fair driving,... and although there was no water in the trap, i did find it had more particles in the filter trap then normal,.... so i replaced the item immediately and checked air filter...

Vehicle still did the same thing.... Eish,...

Read up on these symptoms on the Auzzi Site.. lead me to multiple threads on the same subject and most pointed to a small filter on the fuel lift pump call a banjo filter. It sits right below the bajo bolt on the radiator side of the pump and is easily removed by means of a small hook, or tweezers.

Turns out mine was hellova blocked up!... i cleaned this out with compressed air,...refitted, and bobs your gay brother... SORTED... vehicle ran like a new Patrol!

I was so scared that dirty fuel had made its way to the injector tips, but im pleased to say that Nissan peeps were thinking clearly that day and designed this little gem of a part.

Check yours, it take a minute or so to do.

Heres some pics.
by Russ Kellermann
27 Oct 2013 21:20
 
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Re: SA spec 4.2td p/u engine

Hey Guys,

Welcome to the forum. Thats a good question.

To my knowledge the following is true:

To clear things up i must first make clear that fortunately Nissan SA has had zero input into the TD42 variants of any kind, and certainly had nothing to do with the Turbo issued on our SA TD42ti motors as an optional motor the Normally Aspirated TD42 (like i chose).

The TD42ti spec as issued to 2007/8/9 year model Patrol Pickups in SA are full-fledged Turbo Ready motors born out of the Japanese Factory where they assemble trucks. All the internals relevant to this are upgraded as per standard factory fitment and mated to the workings and power of the addition of the Turbo and Intercooler. Ie: The Real Deal.

However,.. these motors were spec'd as a de-tuned variant (90kw) of the Same motor sold in Australia (117kw) , for the south african market. Why? i dont know, but yes, marketed as more of an altitude compensator here, these motors have far more potential and even small mods to the mill Ie: intercooler, pump, turbo and tune) can have massive power advantages.

Every so often i wish i had bought the Ti motor , i would have enjoyed the motor mods and huge power increase.

There's nothing stopping these motors reliably producing 150kw +.... a far better option when comparing to the 4.5V8D4D power when it comes to running in 3rd world countries like South Africa and surrounds.

But alas, i will most likely drive my TD42 n/a patrol till the day i die, which will most likely be before the patrol does.
by Russ Kellermann
16 Oct 2014 22:22
 
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Re: Loud banging noise going downward in 4x4

Florian320 wrote: therefore must only use 4x4 when on loose ground. Is that correct?.


Yes, correct.,... Only use 4wd on non- sealed surfaces ,... or you will end up with "diff wind-up",.. and possibly damage splines, ring and pinion, or more.
by Russ Kellermann
15 Nov 2014 14:23
 
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Re: Patrol Pickup 4.2D Tyres......advice?!

Original Nissan Patrol pickup rims are: 16" 6.5j

I operate my 285x75x16 BFG KM2 on there for 5 years now and never had any issues . Rims are as strong if not stronger than the LC 80 series rims. Extremely heavy and rigid.

I personally would opt for 3 ply side walls at at this hight it offers less roll when cornering and when deflated. Not to mention incredible resilience when the road gets tuff,...

Well done on the purchase mate. Is that the TD42ti model we spoke about?
by Russ Kellermann
26 Jan 2015 22:56
 
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Re: Patrol Pickup 4.2D Tyres......advice?!

The Front bar on my Patrol, as seen in previous pic, is an ONCA unit and fitted as Factory from Nissan when purchasing the SAFARI edition patrol pickup.

It is the same bar that is used with the TD42Ti variant,... and to my knowledge i havnt heard/seen any negative issues being raised with the owners of these models thus far, and its been 7 years since they were released.

The Patrol TD42ti is issued with a top mount intercooler as standard factory assembly, so Air flow to intercooler is via bonnet scoop. ... front mount would be a personal modification which would obviously require certain Air voids in a bumper to aid cooling.

As far as power goes.. this is my opinion.

Cruiser 1HZ motor is superior on paper when compared to the TD42 (Normally Aspirated), however, all my findings when the subject of larger tyres in question is that the Cruiser suffers a greater reduction in power than the TD42 in these instances which i can only then attribute to difference is gearing when compared to one another, as i definitely only had minor power variation between the 235x85x16 and the 285x75 x16 on my patrol.

The part that no one talks about is the slightly heavier steering and the speed scrub that occurs when cornering. Certainly both are less whilst using the 235's. But by no means is it an issue for me, we talking about minor changes one can feel through the driving experience and isnt of any dramatic concern.

The Cruiser 1HZ seems to be more susceptible to negative effects of larger tyres, .. in a nutshell .

The one pitfall of all patrols and can be enough of a curse to drive you insane, ... is wheel wobble at 85-105km/h on certain vehicles,.. and also, death wobble,.. however, both of these need a thread all to themselves as im not going into it now. There is plenty of material online.

Cheers
Russ.
by Russ Kellermann
30 Jan 2015 18:26
 
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Re: Headlight Issue - FIXED

Items Required.

2x Globes
2x 4h Connectors
6x Ferrules / Solder wire
35cm Shrink- Wrap
by Russ Kellermann
23 Feb 2015 09:08
 
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Re: If NSA won't advertise the Patrol Pickup..... I WILL.

Not Really... I went from 285's to 235's and back to 285's and i didnt notice any change in fuel.

The thing that effect fuel the most is heavy headwind or a loaded roof rack... but both of these infulences have to be quite severe . The patrol 4.2 N/A seems to chug away at the same rate regardless.

As for tyre size, as i've stated elsewhere... i prefer the look of the 285's ,, and i DEFINITELY prefer the way the Pickup handles and drives, in all conditions on the 285's... i will NEVER go back again.

285's are a good match for this large bakkie and handles the weight of a loaded rear far far better than the 235's did. The smaller tires made the rear feel very unstable under weight and tended to sway more, prob due the sidewall flex on the 235 being greater the the 285..

Anyway,.. i'll be sticking to these, love em.
by Russ Kellermann
25 Feb 2015 17:09
 
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Re: My Patrol Pickup thread...

42mm spacers each side will do the trick boet.

Also, if you cannot do the suspension lift for a while, then i suggest the following as a far cheaper alternative that will work perfectly fine until such time.

- Make some extended shackles for the rear leaf springs , easy, if you extend 75mm pin to pin you'll gain a good 1.5"-2.0" , depending on your current leaf pack
- Install front coil spacers that suit the vehicle once your extended shackles are in. All you do is lift the coil and slip them in. most likely 1" - 1.5" will be max.


I made extended shackles for my pickup as Mickem suspensions buggered me around big time, waiting months for them to even quote me and finally they said they can't make them,... i got the moer in and made myself, will post pics and writeup soon as i can for you. easy.

Anyway,.. i would do these 3 things and when you have the loot then put the 2" suspension lift in and remove the coil spacers in front.
by Russ Kellermann
29 Mar 2015 21:16
 
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My 4.2 GU Pickup - Extended Shackles

Most of you wont really be interested in this as you all have the luxury and comfort of coil sprung rears, but for those that have / or are thinking about buying the pickup, this is my extended shackle story...

Most of you know i have had my Pickup for some time, but for a long while i had wanted to install some extended shackles in order to slacken the spring rate and create a more linear travel through its stroke,.... also, its just more comfortable, sits slightly taller, and flexes better,... with the 400kg constant load springs, i needed all the help i could get.

Last year in june i went past my local store in CT, LA Sport, and asked them to supply me with a set to my spec length, and these they would outsource to MIKEM. weeks later still no answer . Called MIKEM directly, sent them a drawing,... weeks later, they say they cant make them. NOT COOL. so i made them myself.

I tried getting the plates CNC / Laser cut to spec but at the end of the year no engineering shop had the time to look at it,... so i was forced to go old school.

This is how i got along.

I looked at a few designs i liked online,.. and decided on which type would suit me..
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I started off by sourcing a 1m length of steel 10mm thick, i needed something strong, very strong,to be able to take any torsional forces during flex. 1000x50x10
And then i cut it of using a cut off saw, sparks aplenty.
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Then i drilled them out
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Then i put a radius on them and used the long sander to remove material
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And they ended up like this..
12mm HT Grade 8 Standard Head 100mm shoulder
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But then i went on my usual Overkill way,.. and swapped them for these.
16mm HT Grade 12 Hex Head - 100mm shoulder and HT Nuts and HT washers..... i was happy...
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When i then pulled my originals off and saw they had a stepped shoulder,... so i made 2 sets of compression sleeves for mine too.
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Then i stated the install..
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Will add more pics soon of finished item.
by Russ Kellermann
26 Apr 2015 17:30
 
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Re: My Patrol Pickup thread...

Its the Protruding nut visible in the pics. In the top view you will see the nut making contact with the axle tube, this limits the "Turning Circle" in essence, by limiting the extremes in regard to wheel axis.
by Russ Kellermann
11 May 2015 09:35
 
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Re: My Patrol Pickup thread...

I think i'll have a look at the battery first. Maybe not enough power to warm the glowplugs up propperly? But its not every time that i need to turn ignition twice. This morning in the cold it started right way.
The engine runs very smoothly, even at startup. The smoke is more of a puff when the egine cranks up which instantabously subside.

The battery in my patrol is a bosch, here is a pic of the discription/model. Not sure what is the reccomended rating for a patrol?

This is good to hear SJC. Also, Bosch battery is good. I'll check tomorrow as to what size mine is.

The clicks ricster talks about are very very faint. My patrol also has this, so will yours. The best way to illustrate this is to park close to a wall in the evening in the cold, and turn on the engine,as soon as you put your lights on you will see they dim slightly upon each turn of the relay switch, (what ricster was talking about), as it draws power from the loom.

Anyway, .. whats important is that your glow plug system is working correctly and that you have a good cranking battery.

For the record,.. it is possible to start the motor with NO glow plugs working. In fact there are certainly diesel motors from years back that had no glow plugs at all. Compression alone can be enough, ... however, of course,... made worse during colder temps, and impossible at times. A motor that has been designed to operate using glow plugs, should be treated as such of course... Check the Buzz Bar again, to see if its not just a poor connection.

Glad you got the limiter nut sorted out.
by Russ Kellermann
18 May 2015 23:09
 
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Re: Radius Arm Bushes DIY

Well, as we all know,.. accessories for Nissan Patrol is Pathetic in this country,.. its actually so poor alot of people chose LC purely because they can buy off-the-shelf items at reasonable prices and dont have to import stuff.... However, Gman (G-Tech) in Cape Town, makes these for patrols. I'm going to order a set through him.

As far as i know he is the only person who has made them. But, there are technical drawings/plans on the internet, just search google. So any engineer should be able to know these up.

In Australia they sell for around $300-$400,.. i think they sell for R3500 here, and its a bolt in design. Of course, thats more expensive than caster bushes, which prob sell for R1300 - R1600 a set.
by Russ Kellermann
23 May 2015 13:10
 
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Re: Radius Arm Bushes DIY

Hey bud,..

Drop Boxes:
Attach at the chassis end of the control arm. You keep your original bushes (or put in new original nissan bushes, which definitely are better than any other bushes you can buy for a patrol). The drop box basically becomes the new attachment point for the rear of the radius arm,which is lower than the chassis rail, and the point is to get the arm level again, as per factory, which re-sets the caster to within factory spec.You order them with caster set to your lift spec (ie:3Degree),.. the other cool thing is that the bushing on the chassis side is no longer compressed , which allows for better travel and less bind up, due to the radius arm sitting level
Note: Drop boxes mostly only needed for anything above 2"lift,.. 2" or under - not really going to work as you will end up with too much caster which will make steering very heavy.

Caster Bushes :
Attach at the diff end of the radius arm and take the place of the original bushings, they have off-set bores, which is what allows the arm to sit closer to factory spec tolerances. Bushings are known to be harder (firmer) often made by nolathane or similar material, NOT RUBBER,.. which is why it has a slightly different feel/flex. Yes, you wont loose heaps of flex, but there is more bind up

Caster Plates: (What rob is talking about)
Achieves similar result but not regarded as good as the above two by most out there. Plates get bolted to the existing holes on the axle portion, these plates have predetermined holes where the radius arm will bolt through, to create the 3" caster required. The one cool thing about the caster plates though is that you can actually create one that articulates to create a "superflex" , this only on one side, the other side must be fixed to the plate as stated above.

Generally speaking, after reading thousands of hours of info over years,... is that Drop Boxes are the best result when searching for a factory drive feel, whilst retaining Nissan Rubber Bushings, which are regarded as superior to all others.

Anyway, just my opinion based on lots and lots of readings, each person must make their own minds i guess. I'm getting drop boxes into mine in the next few months. I cannot keep driving this vehicle like this as it can be very frustrating.
by Russ Kellermann
23 May 2015 09:25
 
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Re: n kans om die noord kaap se duine te ry ....


Russ
are you around that weekend there is a couple of western cape dudes that are gonna join us for this eppic trip?

Bud, im very keen on joining you guys. Only real issue for me (and the rest of you subsequently), is that with my work at that stage i cannot commit till the last minute,.. (and i know that is not usually acceptable for a group outing as its unfair on the rest of the group).

I will try figure out the schedule as far ahead as possible, ... maybe there would still be a spot for me. Its a gamble but ja, thats all i can offer.

Green with Envy, would love to joing you guys/families.

Note: My Patrol would be the vehicle with the least amount of Flex (Patrol Bakkie), and the least amount of Power (4.2 Normally Aspirated),... :lol: but i'll gove it a go!... I'll bring the snatch strap and pull straps. :pray:
by Russ Kellermann
28 May 2015 18:57
 
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Re: Windshield Seal / Extrusion

Update:

My Patrol windsceen was replaced. Mutual and Federal said i could use either someone like PG Glass etc etc,.. or a company Called "GrandGlass" which is facilitated through AutoBoys countrywide.. With grandglass i pay no excess. (Excess only R350.00)

I went with GrandGlass and i just wanted to say how incredibly professional they were. I received constant updates from their manager "Charl", at the Claremont branch. My vehicle was in for minor body repairs /dent repairs at the panelbeater "Nicol Coachworks" in retreat. Charl organised the exact seals and kit, which he ordered through Nissan (original). I was surprised to read that they include this in the claim so i didnt have to pay for the seal kit (R1,800.00 saving).

He informed me of the glass arrival, and also 2 days later of the seal kit arrival from Jhb,..

Upon inspection when i went to get my truck, i was more than pleased with the neat, factory finish result that his team had done. The seal kit is a slightly different design to the one i had in there previously,.. much much better.

The glass he supplied also had the mild shaded top strip, which helps with sunlight.

I'm very pleased with this company and i will be writing a letter to his Head of office in Jhb.

Russ.
by Russ Kellermann
03 Jun 2015 08:20
 
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Re: 4.2TDI Gearbox Should i worry

The gearbox rumble from a TD42 is well known and attributed to "harmonic resonance", even more pronounce when using the Nissan Genuine HD clutch kit (As Pete said) , which is 5 spring ? i think. I have posted a fair bit of info on this forum about this phenomenon. But in Short,.. its only audible when the vehicle is under little-to-No load at low RPM, (as Cedric said). And it dissipates once rev's and/ or Load increase (ie: 1300 RPM onwards as an example). Its also mostly audible only in 1st and 2nd gears.

However,.. this Harmonic resonance is not something that is audible, nor related, to gearbox/clutch noise at standstill,ie: when clutch is either depressed, or released, ...which is the case here. So i dont believe this to be the same issue at hand.

If the vehicle is at Standstill, and there is audible noise / vibration when clutch is operated, then it must be something else...

Thrust bearing / Release bearing ? I'm no expert on clutch's, just contributing what i have experienced.
by Russ Kellermann
09 Jul 2015 14:20
 
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Re: 1996 Patrol GQ 4.2 SGL Petrol - low kms (Photos added)

By Corne's description this is one very clean, original , well looked after , unmolested Patrol.

Corne,.. the fact that you give such detail on all things i find very cool. Although i already own a Patrol,.. i hope someone from the forum buys this from you as it seems a really good vehicle, and hopefully kept within the forum users.

This is my favourite colour GQ of all time. Cant understand why Nissan stopped using this colour... very close to the newer Land cruiser charcoal colour.
by Russ Kellermann
12 Jul 2015 17:43
 
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Re: My Patrol Pickup thread...

Awesome dude!

Thats the motor you wanted!

The sound you hearing in the gearbox is Harmonic resonance created in the relationship between the Nissan HD 5 Spring Clutch, the characteristic pulses of the TD42 and the gearbox itself. Some people call it Gear Roll-Over, but its actually resonance. There is no damage being caused at all , and there is NOTHING you can do to stop it. I have researched this to the ends of the earth, and there are millions of threads on this on the web. I personally hate the sound, but have accepted it as commonplace with the 4.2 patrol diesel. I was originally very worried, but after my findings i leanred that there is no iddue at all and no damage being caused.

Both my Patrol TD42 have had this sound.

Anyway, stoked you got your pickup,... you gonna enjoy this thing for a long time.
by Russ Kellermann
28 Mar 2015 07:25
 
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Re: Body Lift

There's absolutely no benefit and no need to body lift a GU / Y61 - wheel arches big enough for 35's even with 1- 2" lift most will have zero scrub.

A GQ / Y60 could perhaps benefit from body lift but would be far more sense to simply 2" lift it, can run 35's off that alone.

Body lifts make zero sense to me regardless. Such a hassle to lift everything else too, rear bar, front bar, gear levers, steering issues, bla bla bla. and for zero improvement in flex, ground clearances, traction, or anything else for that matter.

just my humble opinion naturally... :wink:
by Russ Kellermann
31 Aug 2015 23:01
 
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Re: MY BEST EMPLOYEE EVER!!!

Awesome truck that.

Cant believe how all of a sudden the Patrol pickups are coming out of the woodwork.... stoked. :woo:
by Russ Kellermann
22 Sep 2015 09:38
 
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Re: 6mm Wheel Spacers

Haha,.. in a way you are correct, this is how it goes:


LC 70,75, 76,78,79,100,105 = 5 stud
LC 80, prado, hilux - 6 stud.
by Russ Kellermann
10 Nov 2015 20:33
 
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Re: DIY Snorkel Template

Those templates are totally inaccurate most of the time anyways so i recon yours is a far better idea, well done mate!
by Russ Kellermann
12 Apr 2016 09:00
 
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