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Old September 7th, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Old September 7th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Looking for members that might have a reommendations for a good mechanic for a tune up on a 300 tdi in western MA. Thanks
I would recommend Cityside garage they actually have my truck now. 508-429-4336

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Old September 7th, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Looking for members that might have a reommendations for a good mechanic for a tune up on a 300 tdi in western MA. Thanks
What - specifically - are you looking to tune up? Timing belt-ish, or like injectors/lift-pump things? The latter are easy DIY projects.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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I have had the 300 tdi set up since 2001 when RN was selling full kits- only about 20K on the engine- lately if feel that it losing power on steep hills where before it did fine. I have only changed the fluids and filters since my ownership not sure if it just needs a knowledgeable tune up and it will be back up to snuff. thanks charles
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Old September 9th, 2012, 08:39 AM
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Adjusting the tappets makes a lot of difference.... both smoothness and quietness!
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Old September 9th, 2012, 09:10 AM
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Adjusting the tappets makes a lot of difference.... both smoothness and quietness!
x2...and it's super easy to do by yourself. I leaned a big mirror against the hood prop stick and used a socket/breaker bar to move the main crankshaft to get each tappet into position for adjustment. I know they say adjust them every 10-12k, but I think every 6-8k can't hurt and it's easy enough...I'm thinking about doing mine again as they're coming due.
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Thanks!! I will search the D-90 site for info on the adjusting the tappets and the booklet that came with the engine, may have some info as well if I can find it. Thanks again
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Thanks!! I will search the D-90 site for info on the adjusting the tappets and the booklet that came with the engine, may have some info as well if I can find it. Thanks again
Here's the sheet I used to do mine (just make sure you have them in the right order...I think I did it backwards initially so had to re-gap everything):
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...4&d=1221673854

And here's a good resource for step-by-step with photos that I read through before I did mine:
http://www.landroverexpedition.com/t...ve-clearances/
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Old September 9th, 2012, 06:04 PM
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So I decided to check mine today, had been about 6500 miles since I last did the valve clearance adjustment / valve lashing. All clearances were fine and holding at 0.2mm...no adjustments needed on any of the valves. So maybe the 10-12k adjustment is probably more than sufficient.

On a side note, it can be tough to check/adjust the clearances solo. What I do (as alluded to in my prior post) is setup a mirror propped against the hood stick (as shown below) and put a 30mm socket and big-ass ratchet on the camshaft bolt (also as shown below) and turn it until the correct valve is in the correct position for adjustment (No.1 tappet with No.8 valve fully open, No.3 tappet with No.6 valve fully open, No.5 tappet with No.4 valve fully open, No.2 tappet with No.7 valve fully open, No.8 tappet with No.1 valve fully open, No.6 tappet with No.3 valve fully open, No.4 tappet with No.5 valve fully open, No.7 tappet with No.2 valve fully open).

Figured since I was doing it I'd take these pictures to see if it better explained (since if you, like I, have a wife that is probably not patient enough to stand looking at the valves as I turn the crankshaft by hand to let me know when each is in position...so this is an easy way to do it solo).
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Old September 10th, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Thanks again, Must of married your wife's sister- I am going to give it a try on Thursday night- no soccer or other distractions- charles
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I would recommend Cityside garage they actually have my truck now. 508-429-4336

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X2 on this.
Holliston, MA is only 5 minutes from the Junction of Mass Pike and 495.
Alan Elliot knows Defenders and is more than fair with his time.

He tuned my 300Tdi earlier this spring after I was noticing some heavy puffs of smoke under hard acceleration. I though I'd be in for a new lump. He quickly discovered a clogged PCV which led to filling the IC with blowby oil. Cleaned out the entire intake system and PCV and we were off and running. He also repaired a small dent in the oil pan and when it was off noticed a dislodged oil spray cooler on the piston skirt. Small item that could have been catastrophic. Good eye that saved me big time.

............Of course if you want to spend $2,000+++ on a tune up, just make a run up I-95 north about 4 more hours and see God himself and he will "tune you up" alright
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X2 on this.
Holliston, MA is only 5 minutes from the Junction of Mass Pike and 495.
Alan Elliot knows Defenders and is more than fair with his time.

He tuned my 300Tdi earlier this spring after I was noticing some heavy puffs of smoke under hard acceleration. I though I'd be in for a new lump. He quickly discovered a clogged PCV which led to filling the IC with blowby oil. Cleaned out the entire intake system and PCV and we were off and running. He also repaired a small dent in the oil pan and when it was off noticed a dislodged oil spray cooler on the piston skirt. Small item that could have been catastrophic. Good eye that saved me big time.

............Of course if you want to spend $2,000+++ on a tune up, just make a run up I-95 north about 4 more hours and see God himself and he will "tune you up" alright
PCV...by this do you mean the cyclone breather on the side of the valve cover?
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Wow, I just adjusted my tappets and it made a huge difference. I got rid of a pretty loud tappet rattle and smoothed out the motor. It seems to drive a bit better to.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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When I do my valve adjustment, I take the fan off and turn the breaker from above. No mirror required. Also, the trailfitter videos on youtube are really good at visualizing what needs to be done (rule of 9).
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Old September 17th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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Some says you can adjust 4 valves at a time, 2 sets of adjustment and you're done...
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If you end up wanting to bring it somewhere, you might want to check out JE Robison Service, especially as you are in the Pioneer Valley. They are only 20 minutes (if that) down 91 from you.
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If you can find me I might do it.....but I also recommend people to Alan (cityside) as one of the few places I'd trust, all the time.
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