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I would love if possible to organise a spanner day, I am in desperate need of help and can't afford to keep going to a garage, I am disabled and really am in a remote location for where I am.

If I supply Tea, Coffee, Cold Drinks, Bacon Sandwiches etc... Would some members be up for coming to me in Rye, East Sussex and help me with my car please?

I wouldn't expect just my car to be worked on either.

If anyone is up for this please let me know. I would really appreciate it.

Cheers.

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Time for a bump. I was thinking of suggesting this a week ago but felt it would be a bit cheeky as I'm 600 miles away and it's not practical for me to be there!

As its a model of vehicle where you don't need to be a specific specialist, can I suggest it would be worth asking for this request to go in the International Forum?

Donald

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Sorry I forgot to say what it is.

1996 Land Rover Discovery 2.5TDi Automatic 5 door.

This list isn't all 100% confirmed as yet, although a majority of it is stuff that is needed.

Rear Propshaft Inner Bearing Needs Replacing as mobile mechanic left it partially damaged trying to remove it before he gave up and put it back on. I have now bought a blow torch to assist this job.

Rocker Gasket Severely leaking at the rear.

Knocking noise when driving. It has been confirmed that the prop shaft and the drive shafts are not at fault.

Possibly Head Gasket. (This is not confirmed yet)

If not head gasket the cooling system needs bleeding.

Brakes Pads need changing.

Transfer Box isn't engaging into low ratio but is fine in hi ratio.

Someone who knows about these cars to go over it please and give me a list of what is needed.

There are a load of little jobs that I will be tackling myself. And I am phoning my local garage Monday to see how soon they can look at it to tell me if my head gasket has gone or if the coolant system needs bleeding.

I have lots of tools and an air compressor with impact gun with some sockets, mallet hammers etc...

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Have a look through the spaces in the wheels and describe the brake pads and fixing kits.

They are either pins that go through the calipers and pads with little coil springs or big split pins which hold sprung steel onto the pads (no holes through the pads).

I'm 99% sure I'll have the pads and kits here and will bung them in the post if you PM your address.

DC

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Even better - take a photo and post it. That goes for some of the other bits too, would give prospective helpers a far better impression of what they're in for and possibly aid diagnosis in advance.

I'd assume you would need to organise some parts too. From your previous record I think you should stop phoning garages, it doesn't seem to get you anything but pain.

Are you aware that, if your head gasket IS gone (which is entirely possible) you may need work that can't be done in a day? If you need the head skimming or replacing (TDi heads do crack & warp for a hobby) you're into a longer wait & a bigger parts bill.

If it needs skimming / testing I can thoroughly recommend Banda Engineering in Portsmouth as being both good and cheap for head stuff, quite a few Shire LRC members have used them, myself included.

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I have been to a garage, the one that fixed my gearbox leak, just to get the to diagnose the overheating fault. It is confirmed, that the head gasket has gone. And after talking to some other members on a different topic post in the Discovery thread have agreed that I also have an air lock in the heater matrix.

I have found a garage called GJB who was recommended to me by another Discovery owner, they are on the Good Garage Scheme, and I have hunted high and low for reviews on them on line and can't find either good or bad reviews.

Without knowing if the head is cracked or not, they have quoted me £635.72 which includes VAT and getting the head pressure tested and skimmed as well as providing me with a courtesy car.

My parents can't afford this outright and I don't think I can without using credit cards. I have most of the parts for other jobs ready and waiting. I am just waiting to hear back from my other half about using the card to have the head gasket done.

http://www.garageservicesromney.co.uk/ This is a link to the garage I am considering for the head gasket work. As it was clearly stated above that if the Head Gasket was needed I wouldn't be able to be done in 1 day and I couldn't expect anyone to come 2 days running to help me with this.

Please let me know what you think.

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Have a look through the spaces in the wheels and describe the brake pads and fixing kits.

They are either pins that go through the calipers and pads with little coil springs or big split pins which hold sprung steel onto the pads (no holes through the pads).

I'm 99% sure I'll have the pads and kits here and will bung them in the post if you PM your address.

DC

I couldn't get on my hands and knees to look today. But managed to bend down to take a photo. May be of no help, if not, I will ask my other half to have a look later after work.

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I have tonight had another go at bleeding the system and accidentally made things worse. I drove it up the road and on the way back the temperature gauge hit the red. I immediately pulled over and switched the engine off and waited for a few minutes for the engine to cool enough and got it home before it hit the red again. I popped the bonnet as the heating was stone cold again and the pipes from the heater matrix were stone cold, and the top pipe attached to the bottom radiator was cold too. I give up for tonight. Tomorrow evening I will be taking the heater matrix pipes off and back filling that, and trying again, then if that doesn't change things I will try removing the thermostat the night after, and if that doesn't work I give up.

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