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Old April 5th, 2010, 02:20 PM
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300Tdi advice for long drive

So, having bought a 1984 D-90 in the UK (that seems to mostly be ~1996 parts including the 300 Tdi), importing it (thanks again Doug!), and shaking out some very minor issues, I am about to drive it from upstate NY to Seattle, WA in a couple of weeks. Apart from the obvious- check and address any leaks, change out all fluids, what should I have done or looked into before setting out? I've actually done the drive 3 times with nothing more serious than a wiper arm loosening up- twice in my 1990 Pathfinder (Calmini lift, Thorley headers).

Planning on going mostly I-70 this time around so I can make a small detour through Moab (any cool trails I should check out there?).

Thanks for any and all advice!!

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Old April 5th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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when was the last time the timing belt was serviced? I did my (200tdi) prior to driving Seatle to SF - Importred through Julian and Doug. Julian recommended a service as history was unknown. Glad I did - the old one was a mess.

Crawl under and check U-joints also. My lower front was toast (no needle bearing left) - That would have been unpleasant.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 02:52 PM
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I'd suggest Fins N' Things and Poison Spider. You probably wont break any thing on those, and they're both fun and scenic.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 03:32 PM
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other than the timing belt there's not much tdi specific that can go wrong... maybe make sure you have a pair of ear-plugs

makes the drive so much more pleasant
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Old April 5th, 2010, 03:37 PM
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Just make sure you have phone numbers for relevant parts places, maybe a manual on DVD to help you change something like an injector or lift pump.

I would put some new filters on including the fluid changes.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Don't know how complicated a timing belt replacement is on these. Anyone know if there's a good independent LR shop in the Albany or preferably Saratoga, NY area?
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Old April 5th, 2010, 07:49 PM
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Don't get in a hurry. It is going to be a long drive. If you don't have too much stuff in the truck you should not have too much trouble with the hills, but if you have a load....get ready to ride the shoulder.
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I would post your route and get some Member's contact info... That way if you have an issue, you have a friend to help.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 09:22 PM
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They are a bit slow to sign you up but you should join the birmabright brotherhood. Or call one of us who are already members if you end up needing help.

http://www.birmabrightbrotherhood.org/
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Old April 6th, 2010, 10:58 PM
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Thanks guys. Did some digging and the timing belt was replasced 20k miles ago. Fluids and filters quite recent. My brother is still shaking it down a bit, so we'll see if anything else turns up. Sent an email to the Birmabright Brotherhood- many thanks for that reference! I'll post the intended route in a couple of days.
Thanks again!!
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Old April 6th, 2010, 11:40 PM
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having driven the truck and given it a quick once over I think its ready to roll.
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Old April 7th, 2010, 06:27 AM
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not 300tdi specific, but rover specific, the always tried and true AAA,
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I always pack a service kit to take along on a long trip. I would get an extra serpentine belt as they are not easily sources at you local repair shop. A u-joint and front bearings would also be nice. Extra clamps, duct tape, that cool self sealing tape, electrical connectors, etc.... Make sure you cool down the turbo after you stop if you have been running it hard. My 300 Tdi runs at 70 all day but it is with stock gears and a/s tires. It has been giving me about 26 mpg.
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