service-100713Pete Nagle

Hi Allan, I recently purchased a GQ Patrol Ute with a TD42. It didn’t come with any service history, but I know it’s done between 310,000 km and 380,000 km. It’s not in bad shape, but it does have a few loose ends that seem to be from someone who has tried to modify things, but didn’t know what they were doing.

So, I want to make sure it’ all good for the next 300,000 km. Would you advice an engine oil flush and cooling system flush to start with? The big diesel is also a little hard to start first thing in the morning and a friend told me that it has an air leak in the fuel system coming from the primer? What’s the best way to check this out?

I really want this truck to be reliable and get it into tip top condition before I start any trips I have planned.

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service-100713Pete Nagle

Hi Allan, I recently purchased a GQ Patrol Ute with a TD42. It didn’t come with any service history, but I know it’s done between 310,000 km and 380,000 km. It’s not in bad shape, but it does have a few loose ends that seem to be from someone who has tried to modify things, but didn’t know what they were doing.

So, I want to make sure it’ all good for the next 300,000 km. Would you advice an engine oil flush and cooling system flush to start with? The big diesel is also a little hard to start first thing in the morning and a friend told me that it has an air leak in the fuel system coming from the primer? What’s the best way to check this out?

I really want this truck to be reliable and get it into tip top condition before I start any trips I have planned.

 

Allan

Peter, be careful when using flushes. Firstly, it’s difficult to ensure with a cooling system service that all the air is excluded on refill. There are numerous ways of bleeding the system, but many engines have been damaged due to air being still entrapped in the cooling system.

With engine oil flushing, I’m not sure about it with that kind of kilometres on the clock? I’d just change the oil every 5,000 km, with a filter of course. Flushing the oil can be a bit of a worry in a very few cases, particularly with high mileage. I’d also fit new or reconditioned injectors every 100,000 km and check glow plugs. My Terrain Tamer DVDs cover all these replacement items so you can see how to do it yourself. Good to hear from you.