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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:00 PM
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Mechanical risk of regular highway commuting in a 2.5 NA

I am currently commuting in my 110 for 70 miles a day, 5 days a week. 95% of the trip is 2 lane highway, where I average 60 MPH. My truck is a completely stock 110 SW with 1.6 T case, 2.5 NA, stock size tires and wheels. It performs fine and has shown no problems thus far.

My questions: what are the distinct mechanical risks of this much highway driving? Drive the 2.5 with 1.6 just once and you realize it was only ever meant to go across the farm, maybe down to the village. What parts of my preventative maintenance should I complete more frequently? What, if anything, will be more likely to go first? Finally, is this a bad idea? Or will it be fine so long as my ears can handle it?

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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Nail in tire. If your drivetrain seals are old, the added crank case / gear box/transfer case pressure from freeway driving might blow some of them or cause them to leak.
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I am currently commuting in my 110 for 70 miles a day, 5 days a week. 95% of the trip is 2 lane highway, where I average 60 MPH. My truck is a completely stock 110 SW with 1.6 T case, 2.5 NA, stock size tires and wheels. It performs fine and has shown no problems thus far.

My questions: what are the distinct mechanical risks of this much highway driving? Drive the 2.5 with 1.6 just once and you realize it was only ever meant to go across the farm, maybe down to the village. What parts of my preventative maintenance should I complete more frequently? What, if anything, will be more likely to go first? Finally, is this a bad idea? Or will it be fine so long as my ears can handle it?

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.... these trucks have performed some of the toughest longest expeditions in history ... i wouldn't worry about your little drive on paved road.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:17 PM
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.... these trucks have performed some of the toughest longest expeditions in history ... i wouldn't worry about your little drive on paved road.
Ok thanks - thing is, I don't have a support vehicle following me on my 'little drive' or a dedicated team to PMCS is when I'm done for the day/week. Hence why I ask what, specifically, I should focus on in preventative maintenance based on my bias towards highway driving.

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If your drivetrain seals are old, the added crank case / gear box/transfer case pressure from freeway driving might blow some of them or cause them to leak.
Thanks -- noticed this exact issue recently and assumed it was due to add'tl pressure.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:26 PM
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Ok thanks - thing is, I don't have a support vehicle following me on my 'little drive' or a dedicated team to PMCS is when I'm done for the day/week. Hence why I ask what, specifically, I should focus on in preventative maintenance based on my bias towards highway driving.
I'd suggest simply following the land rover maintenance schedule would suffice. People use these as daily drivers the world over ... just like running any older vehicle have AAA card and few basic tools just in case.

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Get aaa. Check fluids often.

350 miles / week, 18200 / year. I don't see anything to worry about.
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I would change to a 1.4 transfer case if it were me. You are probably sitting on the governer continuously. You save some fuel and some hearing with this box.
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Kidneys and Ear Drums will go first. I have the same set up. I use it on weekends mostly and by the end of three-day weekends I'm ready for a break. By Friday I miss it again. I'd like to drive the same set with a 1.4 to see if the difference is worth the hassel.

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Old January 25th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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Kidneys and eardrums can be fixed with other changes if desired and it does not need to cost much.
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As soon as anything hiccups/leaks/vibrates more than normal, track it down and fix it. Don't let it go just because it's only an annoyance, because then you'll start ignoring other "annoyances". Mine's a daily driver and before I moved to a more remote location I put on 20,000 miles a year.

Older cars driven and maintained daily will be more reliable than a garage queen. You'll know when something's not right. Just give your ears a break. I've already got tinnitus - sucks big time.
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As soon as anything hiccups/leaks/vibrates more than normal, track it down and fix it. Don't let it go just because it's only an annoyance, because then you'll start ignoring other "annoyances". Mine's a daily driver and before I moved to a more remote location I put on 20,000 miles a year.

Older cars driven and maintained daily will be more reliable than a garage queen. You'll know when something's not right. Just give your ears a break. I've already got tinnitus - sucks big time.
Wow, no shit! No lie, I just Googled -Ringing in the ear- two hours ago. I've noticed off and on for a couple days (funny after this past three day weekend with the 110 I just mentioned above). From what i read it sure sounds like I'm getting Tinnitus as well. My daily driver is a SW90 with a throaty flowmaster which is not helping matters either.
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All good advice -- I will start to look into the cost and time of a t-case change but will probably just wait for a 200 tdi upgrade.

reference the tinnitus: I highly recommend ear protection for those of you who don't already use it. I've got it bad with some hearing loss just from years of rollin in M1A2's, MRAPs and HMMWVs. I don't want to be full deaf when I'm all ya'lls age so I rock the range-muffs when I drive.
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All good advice -- I will start to look into the cost and time of a t-case change but will probably just wait for a 200 tdi upgrade.

reference the tinnitus: I highly recommend ear protection for those of you who don't already use it. I've got it bad with some hearing loss just from years of rollin in M1A2's, MRAPs and HMMWVs. I don't want to be full deaf when I'm all ya'lls age so I rock the range-muffs when I drive.
WHAT?

All kidding aside ear plugs that diminish but not block all sound (i use surefire EP4) go a long way to help on the extended drives. Sound absorbing foam/lining, AAA, and quality maintenance and repairs - should keep you happy with it for a daily driver for a long while.
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I've been driving a 2.5na in a DD truck like it was my last day on earth for at least 8yrs. It doesn't complain. I might now and then.
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I dd a d90 st for 14 yrs.... Tinnitus -check.

Way worth it though!
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Wow, DD for 8 years takes the cake. If you have any particular pointers on regular maintenance that would be great. Mine isn't leaking too bad yet. A spot or two but I wonder if I'm should be loyal to particular fluids.
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Just be loyal to regular maintenance and don't run the thing through mud bogs every weekend.
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I use Rotella 15/40 rated diesel oil and change it regularly. Change the fuel filter every 10k and adjust the valves replace the valve cover gasket every 10k. I run the oil bath filter and actually clean that out at 10k intervals. Thats about it, other than the timing belt at about 60k or 5yrs.....due for it's third now.
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