Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by ricster » 04 Sep 2012 15:39

Ha ha....I can just see it.... like a beauty salon for Patrols.... QQQ all in a row ... all with the left front wheel up first .... then the right..... hey it's like the Olympics.... synchronized bearing changes !!!. :thumbup: :thumbup:

BUT fear not my fellow Patrollers..... I will be there too for that one too!!! I think it is definitely time to look after the Iron Maidens ankles
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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Tinus lotz » 04 Sep 2012 16:10

:rolling: Cool Piet can be onderwyser I will be. The appy cedric can wash parts :rolling: :rolling:
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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by offroadbiker » 05 Sep 2012 07:03

:redface:

Me and my big mouth :doh:

I started this so I will have to see it through, so I am in, and will "offer" my Patrol as the - test dummy- WWW

Peter If I can be "voor op die wa" can I pay over the funds and you ensure the correct seals and parts or if you recon the stealers will give the right stuff I will purchase according to what you say???

So lets do this :thumbup:

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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Russ Kellermann » 05 Sep 2012 07:51

Peter Connan wrote:Graham Cumming has offered us his workshop for a Saturday morning.

This is in Valhalla, close to Zwartkops AFB.

If enough guys are interested (say four or more) and somebody brings a vehicle that needs some help and all the necessary new seals, we can service somebody's front axle (wheelbearings and Birfields) and have a braai for lunch? I would do the showing and explaining, but you guys are going to help wash parts!
That is a kind gesture. very cool. Us guys here in CT will have to find something similar. eish.
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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Alex Roux » 05 Sep 2012 09:10

Peter Connan wrote: WRT doing it yourself: I believe everybody who overlands or goes to remote areas, should be able to do these types of things themselves. However, you need to have a considerable amount of special tools you might not otherwise need.
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This relates to an earlier thread I strated on self maintenance of our vehicles.
I think there is real merit in a practical and vehicle specific training for Patrol forum members. At least there is for me. Reading the theory is not enough for me to then just go and do it myself. I need to do it with a coach standing nearby. I.e. we all open up the wheel bearings on our respecticive vehicles while the coach passes between us to see how we are doing!
I also think there is merit is checking these things throughly before going on trips rather than to go on the trips and then taking everything with just in case. So e.g. my universal joint on the prop shaft may be worn. I check and replace it first, rather than having to carry a spare iniversal in the ammo-boxes.

Peter, woud you consider facilitating this? (Of course not for free) We can split it into modules. E.g. One or two Saturdays are arranged for the wheel bearings module!
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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Grant » 05 Sep 2012 10:29

Russ Kellermann wrote:Hi grant.

Thats even earlier than the manual dictates, but then again you use your vehicle almost exclusively offroad if i remember? Do you use Nissan Genuine parts? and who does the service for you ?

Ps: Im thinking about rather taking my truck to JB's Auto here (cruiser Whisperer Johan Meyer) , as i believe he would do a better job than the Dealership. Only thing though is that i heard the cruiser bearings need twice as much re-torque, is there anyone that can confirm the similarities or differences between Cruiser and Patrol, it would make it easier for me / him.

Hi Russ,

Yes. Troll is not a daily driver and the Navara doea the weekend camping trip duty. Troll is my baby and I look after him. Most people tell me I waiste money by servicing so regularly. I would rather spend the money and have a great holiday, than brake down and miss half my holiday.

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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Peter Connan » 05 Sep 2012 16:30

Guys, unfortunately the workshop has limited capacity, so we really only have room to do one vehicle.

But if we keep the group reasonably small, everybody will have good opportunity to see and even "feel"?

Further, I am not a qualified mechanic, and am mostly self-learned. I am quite happy assisting with those things I understand fairly well, but there are areas (particularly on the newer cars) that I do not have adequate knowledge/experience on, and there are other forum members who know these vehicles much better?

Russ, will it help if we take photos and maybe a video? Can we distribute it somehow?
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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Alex Roux » 05 Sep 2012 19:57

Peter Connan wrote:Graham Cumming has offered us his workshop for a Saturday morning.
Peter, I only read this thread now. That name rang a bell. My goodness the world is a small place. I sold my Honda '89 160i to him back in 2001!
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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by Jules » 05 Sep 2012 21:11

Maybe at our next Patrol GTG at 3 Provinces we should have a mechanical workshop demonstration for a few hours and specifically look at general issues that are common om Patrols, I know for me it will be the rubber seals in the brake caliphers and wheelbearing cleaning.

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Re: Wheel Bearings....Lets talk serious.

Post by offroadbiker » 06 Sep 2012 06:53

Lets start a list to see whether ther is interest??

1. Peter - GQ Guru and master trainer for the day.
2. Dirk - GQ as training vehicle, supplying required parts, and humble student.
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