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Old February 5th, 2015, 11:16 AM
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I live in Burbank CA. I have a 110 that needs a bit of work.
The engine still has original head gaskets that I think need to be replaced. The truck now always runs hot.
Can someone please recommend a good shop in LA area where I can get someone to confirm my suspicion?

Also what is the best way to order one new running board? Passenger side running board rusted out. Thanks in advance
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Old February 5th, 2015, 11:27 AM
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"now always runs hot"

How long have you run the vehicle while overheating?
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Old February 5th, 2015, 11:28 AM
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I would tow it to Gordon at Inland Rovers in Riverside or to John Gadd/Roverdude.

but
Huntington Service in San Marino
British Car Service in Inglewood
Four Oaks in Santa Monica
Absolute on Hoover in Echo Park
OC Rover in Orange County

Are a bunch of others.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 11:32 AM
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"now always runs hot"

How long have you run the vehicle while overheating?
I drive it very infrequently and it doesn't overheat. The temp gauge typically goes toward the red zone and does relatively quickly.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 12:37 PM
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The rover gauges are a guesstimate at best. If its ticking up more than halfway on the register then it is running too hot.

I second John Gadd at Union Jack 4x4 (Formerly Roverdude) and Gordon at Inland Rovers. Both are great guys with good pricing.

If you are at all mechanically inclined I'd check and see if you cant find out why the motor is overheating. It could be something as simple as a stuck thermostat (been there, done that) or your radiator may just be crudded up and not have the capacity to cool the engine efficiently. Another suspect thing could be the viscous unit on the fan, if it has gone south then the fan wont lock up and cool the engine as the temp increases. If all of those things check out then you might want to have the coolant checked for exhaust gasses. The older 3.9's dont have nearly the same amount of problems with head gaskets as the later 4.0/4.6 motors but it's not something out side of the realm of possibility.

When was the last time you had any maintenance done on the truck? How long as the hot running been going on?
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Old February 5th, 2015, 12:50 PM
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You may also just have a broken sensor.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 01:26 PM
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I've also had good experience with Yorks and Lancs in Chatsworth which might be a little closer to you. And I can second Huntington Service Center in San Marino. I'll use both shops again in the future.
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Old February 6th, 2015, 09:22 PM
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Thank you guys. Appreciate the feedback.
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Old August 20th, 2015, 06:38 PM
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Quick update. Took it to Huntington service in San Marino. Guys seem to be really knowledgeable and on the ball. Very responsive too. Noting major with the truck. Just needed some relatively basic 75mi servicing. Thanks everyone
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