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One of the most common reasons for excessive fuel use is carbon build up in the engine, particularly in the intake system.

Are there any other ways to stop that from happened or fix it? 


Carbon build up gives the wrong signal to the ECU and tends to upset air fuel mixture readings. Apart from cleaning it out, which is expensive but of course only the ultimate way to fix it, I personally like to use the vehicle harder for longer runs (at least two 1 hour runs a week). I think you should use a common rail diesel fuel conditioner of some sort to keep the injectors clean and you don't get the carbon build up. 

4X4 Australia Magazine Article

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:37


Check out Terrain Tamer’s feature in the current issue of 4X4 Australia Magazine 

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Monday, 23 June 2014 08:17


The AAAA (Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association) featured this article recently, about the history of Terrain Tamer and the brand's co-founder Frank Hutchinson.



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Driveline Vibes

Monday, 16 June 2014 08:59



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Darren Evermore

Hi Allan, I have an odd driveline vibration coming from the rear of my Toyota Surf. It feels very much like a driveshaft vibration but I did both unis only a couple of months ago and the driveshaft is definitely in phase. The output on my transfer feels solid, I can’t move it by hand, and the pinion on the diff is the same.

Any ideas what it could be?



Darren, there’s lots of possible causes of this. You’ll need to drive it over a variety of terrains in different gears to troubleshoot the issue. I’d be looking at having the tailshaft balanced first. Does the vibration gradually get worse at speed, does it cut out over a certain speed, is it still evident on overrun, does it occur on the downhill out of gear, does it happen when the vehicle is up on the stands?

These are all the things you can do. Be careful when it’s up on stands. You need someone intelligent in the vehicle when it’s being revved with his foot real close to the brake. Make sure the stands are solid and you’re not under the vehicle, but I reckon you’ll be able to see the vibration.

They are the things we would do to check this out. Let me know how you go. Thanks for the query Darren.

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Industry Feature in Trading 4X4 Magazine

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:47

Many thanks to the Trading 4X4 team for publishing this Industry Feature on Allan Gray.


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