After over 10k miles of road, its time to give the van some attention – things need to be checked over and things need to be fixed. This is important for staying on the road so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to in preparation for the next chapter…
The oil was quite bad. It did not appear contaminated or emulsified which is good news, but it was very dirty. I won’t leave it so long next time! See post how I changed the oil and filter
The kingpins can wear out quickly with heavy loads and bumpy roads (that’s me). I try to grease these every month as suggested by a reader of this blog who also owns an LDV Convoy. See post on how to properly grease kingpins
All good. Drive belt will need to be replaced soon though – occasional squeak when pulling away
All good. Slight loss in coolant (top up). Small oil leak from around the vacuum pump gasket but it’s not much
No black smoke at all since I cleaned the EGR valve in November. Really good! See post
Some of the contacts are not very well insulated on this van. Bad contacts and corrosion from water can cause terminals to overheat and the battery to run down quickly.
The pads have loads of depth left. All good. I adjusted the handbrake though and oiled the linkage and steel cable because it started to stick.
one problem with solar charging is that the batteries never get fully charged. For this you need a multiple stage smart charger and mains power, which is difficult to come by when travelling. I used my Ctek MXS25 and set it to recondition mode – powered by two wind turbines and a big inverter (see post living off grid in Greece). Charging batteries with this once in a while really makes a difference to the battery capacity over time I think.
Tightening, cleaning, painting, re-siliconing and evicting all the animals that don’t live here