195,000 miles (Post #316) 1/19/2013

195,000 That’s a lot.
Just 5,000 more miles and I’ve  reached TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND MILES (dramatic reverb) in a LAND ROVER! I know there are Land Rovers out there that have crossed that mile marker and are about to lap it. I’ve only had one other vehicle with anything close to that kind of mileage on her. That was my 1993 Ford Ranger pick-up truck. I sold her after 185,000 enjoyable miles.

That Ford Ranger still had the original clutch in it. In comparison the Range Rover still has her original transmission. But not for long. I need to have the transmission rebuilt. As I have mentioned before, the  transmission is slipping. I know I’ll improve on my gas mileage if I have a rebuilt transmission.

In addition to the transmission, I need to sort out the sound system and get a functioning air conditioning unit working. If I am to make the Range Rover a daily driver again that will need to happen.

The door handles will also need to be adjusted again. I can’t seem to get those working correctly. I may take her into a body shop and get their opinion about it. The left rear door is so far out of wack I can hear the air escaping like I have a window cracked open. That is disappointing.

After that the anti-lock brake system is out of range due to at least one bad wheel sensor. Those are ridiculously expensive in my opinion. But if I want the factory system to work correctly I’ll need to sort that out.

Springs and shocks are on their way. I ordered those last week. I’m hoping that won’t change the drive shaft angles too much. The springs will provide a 2 inch lift. I’m optimistic that will not affect the drive geometry too much.

The last thing is the buzzing sound I sometimes get. The guess is it is related to the brakes. More on this as I get closer to finding the part causing the sound. I think it is a relay that is failing. I hate electrical problems.

Out on the periphery is a problem with the headlight being too dim. I read something once upon a time about the wiring harness being inadequate. It may just be a set of Hella headlights that have reached the end of their life.

Well that is a basic list of the things I have to deal with as the clock turns 200,000.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Leaky Transmission Cooling Hoses (Post #313) 1/15/2013

That figures. If this Range Rover ever stops “sweating out” it’s fluids I’ll probably freak out thinking that I may have run the particular unit dry. I have reported before that I need to overhaul the transmission. I certainly don’t need it to fail right now.

I’ve topped 195,000 miles now on this transmission. And while I think it gets me where I’m going just fine, I know it slips in 4th gear. I need to get some more hoses made. I think if I decide to disable the Range Rover for long enough to replace the hoses I’m going to give the John Deere dealer down on Highway 9 West a shot at making them.

They did me right on the last hose I bought and the young gentleman behind the counter said they could make just about any kind of hose. I’m actually kinda excited to see if they will make them for me. The amount of fluid I’m losing is not a lot so my motivation is not quite there.

I can get the Transmission Cooler Pipe Kit – 1993-1994 from Atlantic British for 169.95. So that’s my benchmark.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.