The picture is of one of our tyres after experiencing tread separation while driving at 90kph on the expressway. I first noticed the vehicle wandering with a slight pull to the left. Then realised that we were throwing up debris (not mud). So pulled over to have a look. … [Read more...]
Still got split rims on your 70 Series Landcruiser?
Make sure that the tyre is suitable to take a tube. Most modern tubeless tyres are not finished internally and will damage a tube over time. … [Read more...]
Coolant and Thermostats – Are They Necessary?
Coolant. Water is great as a coolant. However, the disadvantages are it causes corrosion and evaporates easily when hot. … [Read more...]
Are Bilstein Shocks Worth It?
Over the last 15 years we have tried various types /makes of suspension. The only shock absorber that we have found to deal with the rigours of off road and security training and just driving around on East African roads are Bilstein. … [Read more...]
Taking Care of Your Tyres
Take care of your tyres and they will take care of you. … [Read more...]
Is your battery clamped down and secure?
An unsecured battery is a major cause of why vehicles burn to the ground. … [Read more...]
Question Page: About Overheating
Here is a short reply to a question I received from a reader which I thought may be of general interest. ————————————————————————————— Q: I have question about our Toyota Hiace: The Toyota started to overheat - I was told this happened because the water pump was leaking. In the end, not a cheap repair as the engine head developed a crack. Could this problem have been prevented if the driver was paying attention to the temp gauge? A: Good to hear from you. Sad to hear of your troubles. The … [Read more...]
Check Your Tire Pressures
In our 4x4 training courses, we emphasise the importance of tyres. Regular inspections are vital for continued and efficient performance of vehicles. If you don't have time to inspect your vehicle fully, then at least check your tyres. Why? Look at the place where the tyre touches the ground and estimate how much is making good contact with the road surface. You will find that it is about the size of your open hand. Essentially, four of these hand prints are keeping your vehicle in contact … [Read more...]
What to Check on Your 4wd (Vehicle Check Over)
I am often astounded at how few people, attending our training, know how to open their vehicle bonnet (hood), let alone carry out a basic /routine inspection. So, although I have previously written about vehicle checks, I thought this time, I would cover in more detail the what, how to and why's of an inspection. A routine vehicle inspection is broken down into three parts. … [Read more...]
The Differences Between Radial and Cross-Ply Tyres
I was inspired to revisit this subject by a "late night" conversation with friends who had just fitted cross-ply tyres to their vehicles without realizing it. Many 4x4 owners still go for this option either for tradition, cost or just blind faith in the information given by the tyre dealer. In reality they are a false economy and they are not as safe as radial tyres. Radial Tyres and Road Safety If we look at the history of tyres we find that all tyres were of cross-ply manufacturing process … [Read more...]
A Daily Morning Vehicle Checklist
Here are a few points of what to check, what to look for and why it needs checking. Also, when checking levels make sure the vehicle is on flat, level ground. … [Read more...]