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Old 02-28-2018, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Bringing my 85' SJ410 to a shop for a checkup - what should they check?

I don't have too much knowledge about cars, so I decided to take my 1985 SJ410 to a mechanic and have them do a service, and check for potential problems.

I guess it would be wise to have a list of things they should look for. Any suggestion?

My goal is to feel a little safer about the car not breaking down during a road trip.

Engine is at 105 000 KM (65k miles).

Thanks in advance!

Bonus question: What are some things/spare parts I should bring if I go on a road trip? I already replaced the clutch cable and transmission stick parts.
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If you are going on a long road trip, I would get them to do the usual service items such as change the engine oil, oil filter, fuel filter and air filter.

Check the condition of the ignition points and replace if pitted. Check the ignition timing and grease the distributor cam. Probably worth replacing the spark plugs if they have been in over 10,000 miles. Has the timing belt been changed? Usually should be done around 100,000 km.

Grease the drive shaft sliding splines and the universal joints if they have grease nipples - some don't.

Get them to check and top up the oil levels in the gearbox, transfer box, steering box and both front and rear differentials. Check for any play in the steering and in the suspension.

Also get them to check the coolant and the condition and tension of the fan belt. Also check the radiator hoses for leaks and cracks. Tighten the clips on the hoses.
If they have the fan belt off, it is a good time to check the water pump bearings for wear as well as the alternator bearings.

Check the hydraulic brake fluid level and condition.

While they have the vehicle up on the hoist, get them to check for any play or noise in the wheel bearings that could suggest a wheel bearing heading for failure.

Look at the tyres including the spare for any cuts or damage and check for correct tyre pressures.

Take some engine oil and some coolant. Rubber tape for leaking hoses is useful.

Good luck
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Thanks a lot!!!
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