Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Give Me A Break!

Well, in the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna "if it isn't one thing it's another".

Grover's carb problem got fixed on Easter Sunday. I will come back to this post and add commentary about this later.

Anyway, I got to enjoy driving Grover for a few hours Monday morning, then, all of a sudden - PING!

I pulled out from a stop sign and Grover lost his forward momentum. He wouldn't move.... I had to coast to the side of the road. No matter what I tried nothing happened. For once the engine was purring beautifully, but the 'ol boy just wasn't moving. Luckily I was only a couple of blocks from home so I walked.

A few minutes later I was back at the scene to make sure I hadn't had another 'numbnut' moment. The red knob was in the proper position. Then I tried 4WD HI and 4WD LOW - nothing happened (later I find out it was indeed a 'numbnut' moment). Got out, told Grover it would be okay and walked home.

Oh, BTW, did I mention I forgot to lock the free wheeling hubs! See I told you there was at least one 'numbnut' moment! DOHH!

About an hour latter my father helped me tow him back to the garage.

After a few hours of diagnostic bantering with the gang on the Land Rover Owners Mailing List, it was decided that the rear half shafts where knackered.

Before I continue, let me tell you about another one of my "numbnut" moments during this whole ordeal. One of the gents on the LRO mailing list suggested I open the inspection ports and make sure everything looked normal and was working in the gear boxes. Well, while looking down into the transfer case, I slipped Grover into 1st gear and gave him some gas. Next thing I knew, I had a face full of gear oil! DOHH!!

Anyway, as you can see from the pictures, they were right!

As I tackle the swap out I will take better pictures to replace these.

I just removed the remains of the half shaft. Took about 5 minutes, a depth gauge for a skill saw and a 10# hammer. They came out in three pieces, a big one and two little ones as you can see.

Now I need to start cleaning the diff!

Well, till next time...

Larry ~

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice paper weight :-)