Scheduled Service - What is involved? What can I do myself? - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old April 10th, 2016, 07:51 PM
agentmulder
Status: Offline
Agent Mulder
2008 110 PUMA
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: NZ
Posts: 46
Registry
Scheduled Service - What is involved? What can I do myself?

Gidday,

Defender with 62000m on the clock and according to the previous owner it's now due for a service.

I'm wondering:
  • What is involved in a normal scheduled service?
  • How important is it to go to someone who specialises in LR/Defenders? (as opposed to a cheaper general mechanic)

I'm reasonably mechanically minded - I have a masters of engineering in mechatronics, I'm keen to get dirty, and have a good set of tools and within reason am not afraid to buy more automotive oriented gear. Thing is I don't have much experience with automotive maintenance. I don't want to either get the defender stuck in the driveway or worse: drivable, but dangerous, after having stuffed something up.

But really, is it that hard?

How much can I reasonably get away with myself?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old April 12th, 2016, 12:30 PM
Parrie's Avatar
Parrie
Status: Offline
Parrie Willette
1989 D90 P/U
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Old Town, Maine
Posts: 151
Not exactly sure what is involved w/ normal schedule service but my guess is you could perform a good portion of the work yourself...oil/filter changes, check all fluids & top-off, grease joints, inspect breaks & drive line, etc.. My first suggestion would be to find an owners manual which should have a suggested service schedule. I'm not sure if there would be any actual factory service manuals available...someone on the forum may have info.

You'll have to decide for yourself how confident you are doing your own service/repairs...many items are very do-able by yourself...just do plenty of research before you tear into something. Most folks on this forum are more than willing to answer questions and make suggestions.

Inevitably you'll probably have something that will require special tools or be just be too big of a job to tackle. In this case it would be highly recommended to get it to someone that is at least familiar w/ Defenders. A general mechanic isn't going to have a clue and could do more damage than good.

Good Luck!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old April 12th, 2016, 04:45 PM
agentmulder
Status: Offline
Agent Mulder
2008 110 PUMA
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: NZ
Posts: 46
Registry
Hi, thanks for joining the conversation

I've ordered fuel, air and oil filters - will google procedures.
Also ordered new front and rear brake pads, unsure if they need replacement yet, but will have on hand for when they do. Will be interesting to see how it all works. (will check all parts)

Clutch fluid is fine (worked this a month or so ago)
Brake fluid appears clean and topped up

Oil change will be fun - a few youtube vids on this

Grease joints - will google this

General mech inspection

Battery? Electrics?

These seem to be the critical ones that are either time dependant and use consumables and/or take the effort to check.

Other things such as bulbs, wipers, tyres, ongoing rust shenanigans, leaks, etc. will happen as I live and learn.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Defender & Series Technical Discussions > Defender Technical Discussions

Tags
service

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Allow myself to reintroduce... myself... Suppatime Say Hello! New Member Intros. 1 April 18th, 2011 04:34 PM
Trail ride scheduled for May 24th ron Trips, Trails and Events 10 May 30th, 2009 06:10 PM
No Start fixed despite myself. khouseal Defender Technical Discussions 2 October 14th, 2006 01:16 AM
Removing the Steering Wheel - no swearing involved Captain Spalding Defender Technical Discussions 2 May 9th, 2006 07:19 AM
Well, I just wasted 2 hours trying to cheer myself up Hans Misc. Chit-Chat 10 November 21st, 2004 09:38 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:35 PM.


Copyright