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2016 Preparations

Getting the Navara and the Van ready

This year is a bit unusual as we will not be packing the van with clothes and food before we go as it will sit in Melbourne at the factory for 5 weeks before we return to pick it up. As far as the van was concerned it was a case of checking the tyre pressures, 50 psi, and checking the wheel nuts with the torque wrench, 100 ft/lbs. All other servicing will be done in Melbourne.

The Navara was due for a 160,000 km service, at a quoted cost of $950 as it is a major service. Final cost turned out to be a bit more than that at $1,500 as we needed new front brake pads, and a replacement heater/coolant pipe on the engine. The 160,00 service also included a replacement fuel filter as once again the Navara was struggling under heavy load when the engine got to about 3,000 rpm - not getting enough fuel! However this time we knew what the problem was as it has happened before.

The fuel filter replacement cycle for diesel engines is every 40,000 km but ours have had to be replaced more frequently than that. A few years ago we did consider a secondary fuel filter with a glass bowl but found that there is nowhere in the engine compartment to mount one. As a back up we always carry a spare fuel filter in case we get caught out in the outback somewhere.

Preparation of the Navara included replacing the fifth-wheel hitch in the back of the ute, pumping up the tyres to 40 psi at the front and 44 psi in the back. The air-bag suspension was pumped up to 45 psi, which makes us look a bit odd until the van is attached. The air-bags help carry the 500 kg pin weight of the fiver.

Posted by TwoAces 23:43

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