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  1. I was thinking of the media as a whole. News and documentary tv has never been so agenda driven or politically biased. As John said, if you have a field of expertise, then you pick up a lot of the errors when they run stories in that field - I admit I get wound up by the utter drivel whenever they talk about aviation; they don’t appear to fact check anything at all or bother to speak to experts, of which there are many. I imagine it is the same fo all you guys when they talk about engineering, medicine, technology, science or whatever fields you are in.
  2. Easier to undo the cap nuts when the piston is at the bottom of the bore, and likewise refitting. But it doesn’t matter too much. The key point is make sure the crank is orientated so that the con rod lines up with the journals naturally. You can turn the engine half a turn to make access easier, though. Be careful not to damage the bore oil jets during the work - they’re easily clobbered in the oily darkness.
  3. That is very much the case, but didn’t seem to be twenty or more years ago, at least not to the same extent. Perhaps that is just an illusion as we get to know more and so see more of their inaccuracy as we get older. But the agendas and biases never seemed to be so strong or overt.
  4. That will do the job perfectly. You’re not likely to damage the crank removing the pistons and rods - it’s more likely when you refit them, but if you fit the hose or even warp the bolts in tape and set the crank vertical so the journals align naturally with the con rod as it comes down, and take it easy when tapping the piston down, then you’ll be fine.
  5. I do wonder how many “favours” and brown envelopes are being doled out by LR media management - no one forgot the hammering the DC100 got from public and media alike, but two months after the reveal and this still looks just like a DC100 to me. Maybe they’re just smitten by the exclusivity of the ridiculous price tag - some people are like that these days, paying stupendous amounts for vulgar tat that does it’s job far worse than cheap competition just because they think g it makes them look rich and successful. That is the whole ethos of designer goods, and I think that smarmy narcissist Gerry put LR firmly in designer label territory.
  6. It was called Hyclone, and was discussed at quite some length on here, along with the vortex exhausts that the magazines endorsed (of course). Basic laws of thermodynamics dictate they can’t work.
  7. The gasket damage has left an area of the head in no3 without the coming, which is what I meant by the shadow. But within that area, there is a pattern of black lines that has travelled out between the gasket and head, indicating a leak. The gasket has certainly been leaking. The reason for the damage is indeterminate. It could have been a faulty gasket, movement of the head while tightening, a bow in the head or deck (check them both for flatness with a very straight and stiff edge like a steel ruler) or incorrect bolt torque. Once you have cleaned out the hot spot voids, check for cracks in there. If OK, then I think the damage is limited to the gasket and possibly any con rods.
  8. I think the piston crown could have been clipping the gasket, but failed head gaskets often make tapping or ticking noises anyway, even if there are no moving part impacts (the classic Tdi head gasket failure between no4 and the rear of the engine sounds like someone repeatedly flicking a taught piece of paper). Interesting that there are strong witness marks on the head of the distortion, both a coke “shadow” into the bore diameter but also the leaking gasses making a tree-root pattern away form the distortion. Try decoking the hot spot voids to inspect them too. Mike’s latest video working on a V8 shows how good oven cleaner is at getting it clean!
  9. I wonder if it makes a noise like those “swizzle” kids whistles. 🤔
  10. Or a way to get them to work with a bypass or simple diagnostic computer recoding...
  11. I agree, no problem replacing only the bent rods. But do make sure the cap and rod are given extra marks so you can’t mix up the caps from two rods with the same number. That gasket is pretty rough, and the deformation around no.3 would make quite some ticking or tapping noise.
  12. And ship half way around the planet... goes to show the markup on electronics goods.
  13. I’m interested in this too, as with a selector valve, you could use the unit to run a secondary heater matrix (for preheating the car or as an additional heater tho the main unit)or as a camping heater, run a line to preheat the engine in extreme cold, and run a third to preheat a water tank for ablutions. Bulkier but more flexible than the Airtop...
  14. Series box is 1.15:1, so unless you use a V8 high ratio unit, you’d be lowering the ratios with an LT230, even from a Discovery or RRC. You could add the 3.54 diffs with an LT230, and some combinations may work out, but as you said, the weak spot is in the gear box, not transfer box.
  15. That’s the thing. Do you need a computer to diagnose most faults? No, but now you need a computer to clear them and allow the car to operate normally. Great little earner for the franchises when they launch new vehicles or update them with software the aftermarket reader equipped garages can’t interrogate.
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