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Old February 1st, 2013, 02:45 PM
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Dominican Republic 300Tdi work

So my aunt and uncle do some charity work in the DR. They were donated a decent 1997 Discovery with a 300Tdi in it. She said the engine doesn't start in the morning but starts in the afternoon. She also said the previous owner said it had low compression. It needs a lot of work I guess.

So i'm flying down the beginning of March to see what I can fix on it. on my short list I have:

1. Check valves first and make sure they are in spec.
2. Check compression and bring spare head gasket to replace if needed.
3. Replace timing belt as there is no records of it being changed.
4. Replace fan belt, fuel filter, air filter, check tensioner, diesel purge, etc. (general maintenance stuff)
5. Replace warn hoses and thermostate.
6. Oil change on engine, tranny, t-case, diffs.
7. Check wheel bearings and brake and replace if needed.

Can anyone else think of some other general maintenance things I could do to it?
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Old February 1st, 2013, 02:48 PM
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Glow plugs, steering ball joints.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 02:49 PM
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maybe the heater plugs .... or teach them how to use them
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Old February 1st, 2013, 03:36 PM
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Lift pump since they're cheap.
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Lift pump is a good idea. My uncle has a Cummins Dodge truck up here but never uses it. I told him the Discovery is a diesel so they need to let the glow plugs fire first then the engine should start up. I suspect they are turning the key like a gas engine in the early morning and nothing is firing, but maybe later in the day it is warmer out, it fires up easier on full turn.

New glow plugs are cheap too, so they would be a good upgrade. Ball joints are another good maintenance thing too.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:43 PM
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Where are they exactly ? I can give them a hand in case they need it.
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Where are they exactly ? I can give them a hand in case they need it.
Las Terrenas, wanna hangout?
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I can join you when you come and help you out, if I'm not on the other side of the country for work reasons. Let me know when you're coming when you know.
You can source quality oil (engine/transfer case/diffs) locally (Motul), may also get some MTF94 at stealership. You can also get filters (oil and diesel with Mann distributor, air with Baldwin) locally, but bring spare parts.
I used to hang out at Las Terrenas 20 years ago, it was a small fishers town, couple of hotels only. It's a big thing now, messy as hell, but still a beautiful place, beaches like Playa Cosón are great, many good small restaurants and a lot of european outlaws, hiding from their country, sort of modern piracy. It's a fun place where anything can happen.
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I can join you when you come and help you out, if I'm not on the other side of the country for work reasons. Let me know when you're coming when you know.
You can source quality oil (engine/transfer case/diffs) locally (Motul), may also get some MTF94 at stealership. You can also get filters (oil and diesel with Mann distributor, air with Baldwin) locally, but bring spare parts.
I used to hang out at Las Terrenas 20 years ago, it was a small fishers town, couple of hotels only. It's a big thing now, messy as hell, but still a beautiful place, beaches like Playa Cosón are great, many good small restaurants and a lot of european outlaws, hiding from their country, sort of modern piracy. It's a fun place where anything can happen.
Sounds good Julian! I will figure out when my flight will be and let you know. Would be good to have an extra set of hands helping out. Also would be nice to finally meet you.
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All right, see you there:
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Wait, it gets cold enough to need glow plugs down there?
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It depends where you are, we do have some cool places.
This is the magic of this half island country.
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Hi Daniel, dont forget to clean out the sedimentor if fitted, it should be on the inside chassis leg by the rear tyre, a flush & bleed of the fuel system after filter change should have it running.
It may be a weak lift pump or air getting into the fuel lines.

What an excuse to fly to the caribbean, let me know if you need somone to bring spares from the UK. ;-)

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Can't see from the pictures if the engine has EDC (is it an auto?)

Disco 300 auto's had the drive by wire throttle system. they were a complete PITA to start on a good day, let alone if the engine is worn or the timing is off a bit (you can tweek the pump timing to help them start, but I'm not sure which way to do it)
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Thanks Gren and Jim. I will ask if it is an auto or not. I knew the autos had that electric pump, but didn't know it caused them to suck at starting.

Julien where abouts are you in the DR? I am looking at flights. AZS is close to where I need to go but Santo Domingo airport has better days for me to come down.
Motul is good engine oil... I use it in my KTM
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I'm based in Santo Domingo, because I have to for kids school and wife's office, but I do travel around for work, and for wheeling of course. Your closest airport is Samaná (AZS) but you can land in Puerto Plata, Santiago or Las Américas airport and get to Las Terrenas within 3 hours.
Puerto Plata is not a bad option because you will get to see all the north coast on your way to Las Terrenas and also you may get good air fares coming from North America.
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