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Old August 16th, 2011, 12:22 PM
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Defender mechanic in Central America?

Anyone know of a good mechanic in southern central america? Panama preferably, but Nicaragua and Costa Rica also work.

I need a starter in my 200tdi and pinion seal in the Sals rear end.
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Old August 16th, 2011, 12:58 PM
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I dont know of one, but both of those jobs are really easy. Starter is 2 or 3 bolts and a plug, and the pinion seal takes 20 min. If you want more info say the word.

Look for National Seal 9316 for the pinion... way better than stock. it is for the dana 60 axle.

Tuff part is getting a starter down there.... if you cant find local... ask Rovers down south.
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Old August 16th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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Old August 16th, 2011, 02:36 PM
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try these guys. they are in San Jose I think. Shawn
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Old August 17th, 2011, 12:28 AM
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I havent even looked at either job. I was expecting the worse. I had to change a starter in a D1 a while ago and it wasn't too much fun, especially if I had to do it on the road with crappy tools and no lift.

I am hoping to have a starter shipped into Panama. If they are both easy jobs I will certainly do them myself. I hate paying someone else to do the work if I don't have to.

If you have the info on the work, that would be great, but if it is only a few bolts, that should be easy enough for me to figure out. Ill get a light and take a look under the hood tomorrow.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 08:42 AM
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you can have the starter overhauled there, it may be easier and more economical than ordering and waiting for the proper unit.
as per the seal I dont know people down south of dc...
good luck.

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I havent even looked at either job. I was expecting the worse. I had to change a starter in a D1 a while ago and it wasn't too much fun, especially if I had to do it on the road with crappy tools and no lift.

I am hoping to have a starter shipped into Panama. If they are both easy jobs I will certainly do them myself. I hate paying someone else to do the work if I don't have to.

If you have the info on the work, that would be great, but if it is only a few bolts, that should be easy enough for me to figure out. Ill get a light and take a look under the hood tomorrow.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 10:18 AM
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I havent even looked at either job. I was expecting the worse. I had to change a starter in a D1 a while ago and it wasn't too much fun, especially if I had to do it on the road with crappy tools and no lift.

I am hoping to have a starter shipped into Panama. If they are both easy jobs I will certainly do them myself. I hate paying someone else to do the work if I don't have to.

If you have the info on the work, that would be great, but if it is only a few bolts, that should be easy enough for me to figure out. Ill get a light and take a look under the hood tomorrow.
There is a guy on ADVRIDER that goes by the name of Bananaman, he has a Defender in Panama and might be able to recommend a mechanic.

I'll send him a PM and see if he knows anyone.

Just sent him a PM, let's see what he responds.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:09 AM
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If I remember well we have someone on the
board from Panama city.
There are a few part store and workshops
in San JosÚ, I know 2 at least.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 12:40 AM
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Well, we probably wont need a mechanic in Panama anymore. Our transmission crapped out in Managua Nicaragua. I will take care of the other problems while we are down waiting for the tranny parts. So far the starter has been working well. Occasionally does a single click on the first key turn but always starts up on the second try. The pinion seal is leaking still and goes through a quart every couple thousand miles. Not great, but manageable.



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Old August 18th, 2011, 08:30 AM
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I dont know of one, but both of those jobs are really easy.
Have you changed a starter on a 200TDI Defender? If it is LHD, it is a horrible job. The exhaust downpipe has to come off and even then you can't see what you are doing.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 05:15 PM
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Toasted at least one bearing. Waiting for the full report still. Gears looked ok from what I saw.



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So far the starter has been working well. Occasionally does a single click on the first key turn but always starts up on the second try.
That┤s probably just the nut that holds the wire that comes from the battery to the starter a little bit loose. Thighten the nut a little bit and the "click" will dissapear for ever. I┤d try that first before taking the starter out.

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I guess that is what I get for trying to do stuff late at night after a long day of riding/driving. Thanks.
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I guess that is what I get for trying to do stuff late at night after a long day of riding/driving. Thanks.
I just got a response, sorry if it's too late:

Sorry I didn't notice this message.

There's a decent LR mechanico in the old Canal Zone. Go North along the RR track, on the West side of the RR track, until you come to the old crane on the left. The LR mechanic is on the north end of that old base.

This is just north of Albrook/Gelalbert, by the El Rey.
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Old August 26th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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I just got a response, sorry if it's too late:

Sorry I didn't notice this message.

There's a decent LR mechanico in the old Canal Zone. Go North along the RR track, on the West side of the RR track, until you come to the old crane on the left. The LR mechanic is on the north end of that old base.

This is just north of Albrook/Gelalbert, by the El Rey.
Too late for the first rebuild, but not for the second!

We pulled an all nighter to get away from Managua, Nicaragua. Our newly rebuilt transmission was doing fine until the very end of Costa Rica. We were cruising along in 5th gear, no real load on the transmission, pretty flat ground and all of a sudden there is a clank and it feels like this shifter popped out of gear, but it was accompanied by a lot of rattling type sounds. Downshifted to 4th and I was surprised that it was still there. We continued on in 4th for several miles until we had a chance to test out the other gears. 4th is the only gear that works. No reverse, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 5th. We plan our stops for the tops of big hills and pray that we don't hit traffic. Luckily 4-lo works so we can use that in town for speeds up to 25mph, but we can't shift from 4-lo to 4-hi on the fly.

We are in Panama City and have contacted someone here who may have a spare transmission. I am thinking about putting an R380 into it now, since I have to pay to have the LT77 rebuilt again anyway.




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That┤s probably just the nut that holds the wire that comes from the battery to the starter a little bit loose. Thighten the nut a little bit and the "click" will dissapear for ever. I┤d try that first before taking the starter out.

Cheers,
Did you check this?

If you need any help once you are here in Argentina just let me know. Have a good trip.

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