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80 Series Mechanic South London

Craigus76 Oct 9, 2016

  1. Craigus76

    Craigus76 New Member I am in south_africa

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    Hi Guys

    Have had a problem with my centre diff lock for 2 months now and had tons of assistance from members on this club with a lot of things I could try, which I really appreciate. Alas I haven't been able to fix myself and now the car has been standing for 2 months and I have to get it sorted asap. Please can someone recommend a garage / mechanic in the London area? I am in Morden but if I have to send a bit out then so be it so long as it is fixed. I cant drive it so wherever it has to go its going o the back of a flatbed :(

    My last resort will be Currys Toyota who did my mot and service when I first got the car - they seem ok but don't think much 80 series come in there so probably mechanics not clued up.

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! And yes I know there is a few guys reading this going tut tut tut cause they do their own cars but I have tried all that I can up to my skill set and location of vehicle I promise!

    THANKS!!

    Craig
     
  2. GeekOKent

    GeekOKent Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Speak with @Trevor and Ed at freedom4x4 not quite south london but they are not that far out.

    There are a couple of toyota specialist around here. And into kent. Noone that I could find who knows these trucks though.
     
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  3. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    I would suggest that you try anything but your main dealer. Financially that would be ruinous.

    Up in the air, props off, 7 bolts out of the transfer box and it's off and on the bench. It can be unlocked manually and back on in a couple of hours. That's if it can't be fixed with the wheels dangling to begin with.

    Trev's your man and he has a trailer.
     
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  4. Craigus76

    Craigus76 New Member I am in south_africa

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    hi Chris

    ok Chas has contacted me and might be able to hook up and give me a hand so will see what he says later. You referring to Trevor @ Freedom 4x4 re trailer?

    thx
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Yes. That Trevor. Hope Chas can sort you out before it gets to that
     
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  6. Pumpy

    Pumpy Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Mines on Trevors ramp on wed for similar issue, the actuator had seized on mine, we put a new one on but something has also gone in the tbox, difflock light comes on, stays on, but it's not actially locking the diff, it nearly exploded on the way home judging from the noise coming from it, I could take some pics on wed if it'll help!
     
  7. Craigus76

    Craigus76 New Member I am in south_africa

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    Hi Pumpy

    sorry to hear and i feel your pain! If you have a pic of teh transfer box off or of the propshaft down then yes. But i think i will be getting Trevor involved!
     
  8. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Tranny box looks like this. The ring with the red gasket showing is where the actuator motor sits. Impossible to get to with the thing bolted on.The last pic is what it looks like under there with it unbolted. It's a very easy thing to get off.

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  9. Scott

    Scott Well-Known Member

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    If the front prop shaft is unbolted and removed I would expect this 80 to drive on the rear axle only. The seized in the engaged position centre difflock is locking the two output flanges of the transfer box together, but as the front transfer box output flange is no longer connected to the front axle via the prop there will be no transmission wind up. Then the 80 can be driven cautiously as you listen to the front axle, whilst turning, to listen for any nasty nosies from CVs that may have been damaged by transmission wind up.

    If it drives ok, you then have a mobile 80 that can be driven to Trevor for further repairs. This is the easiest way I can see for a novice mechanic to mobilise an 80 with this fault.
    Apologies if this has already been discussed, I'm late to the party on this one.
     
  10. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    It's what I said Scott. I agree, it's the first thing I'd try. Even if it's trailered somewhere first. The box could be stuffed to the point that it's screwed completely, or it might be just enough to allow it to drive ok to get it mobile again. The prop has to come off any way so you're not losing anything. It does mean that there'd be little prospect of further damage if driven.
     
  11. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    I spoke to Craig last night and suggested taking the front prop off.
     
  12. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You don't have to be 80 trained to work on an 80. They are so simple clueless would be enough.
     
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