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Offline Harry Lissimore

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Servicing
« on: December 02, 2018, 04:53:26 PM »
I've had a few issues with servicing my Topaz Savannah.  I've had it serviced 5 times, 3 in Brisbane and 2 in Broome.

Often the wheel nuts aren't all properly tightened after a service

A brake magnet required replacement on the second service and I found out the next year that the magnet that was installed was a 10" drum magnet not a 12" one

While changing a tyre near Derby this year, I just happened to check the tyre for wobble before releasing the jack and there was considerable wobble.  I had to turn the castle nut one complete revolution to hand tighten the bearing.  At the service in Broome I was told that the bearing had not been tightened correctly in the last service.

These issues all occurred after services at  Tracktrailer approved service centres in Brisbane.

I'm starting to lose confidence in getting my Topaz serviced at an approved service centre and I'm seriously considering doing all future services myself.  I then have only my self to blame if they are not done properly. What is the point of spending approximately $300 on a service if it's not done properly?

I have also heard that insurance could be invalid if  servicing has not been performed by a qualified mechanic but I'm not sure that is correct.  Any comments?

Do most people do their own servicing?

Harry

Formerly 2002 TVAN, now a 2015 Topaz Savannah and 2014 Isuzu MU-X LST

Offline Frankrhona

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Re: Servicing
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2018, 08:22:16 PM »
I have done my own servicing for the last ten years on the Patrol and all the servicing on the Tvan. Why? We still travel to remote outback locations and I want to KNOW that the servicing is done correctly and the vehicles are as reliable as possible. Doing your own servicing has further benefits:
  • You learn what to look for when touring and will address issues before they deteriorate, ( eg a loose wheel bearing)
  • When something happens in the middle of nowhere you have a pretty good idea of what you need to do to get mobile again and
  • You have a better idea of what tools and spares you need to carry
However, for the non-mechanically minded, if you are happy with your 4WD mechanic, I would choose to service the Tvan/ Topaz at the same place. Both have bearings, brakes, wheels and shocks that are critical items to check. Tyre wear will indicate an alignment problem, otherwise it's electrical!
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Andrew
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Re: Servicing
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 09:44:50 AM »
However, for the non-mechanically minded, if you are happy with your 4WD mechanic, I would choose to service the Tvan/ Topaz at the same place. Both have bearings, brakes, wheels and shocks that are critical items to check. Tyre wear will indicate an alignment problem, otherwise it's electrical!

If you do big trips I'd suggest getting the alignment checked before you leave as it can scrub out a set of tyres fairly quickly. My mechanic has worked out how to do it - it isn't hard and there are instructions on the forum. I would suggest supplying two long metal rulers and the spring spacers so that they have all the bits they need.