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hmmwv



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Help need changing a head gasket in Utah, USA
Hi,

I'm currently stranded in Moab, Utah, with a blown head gasket (300tdi) and can't find a mechanic that's willing to lend me a hand.

Any members around from that area that would be willing to help by any chance?

Cheers,
Post #994061 26th May 2023 3:14am
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geobloke



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Start with the Land Rover club Utah . net and there are a few clubs on Facebook. They will know who can be trusted with a Defender.

What sort of help do you need? Can you DIY it or do you need a mechanic? The 300tdi is a pretty simple engine to work on. For local(ish) advice on the 300tdi drop Mike at Britannica Restorations a line. He is up in Canada, so within a few time zones of you and there isn't much he does not know about the 300tdi. He has done many YouTube videos on the subject.


Best I can do I am afraid. Good luck.
Post #994079 26th May 2023 7:58am
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Caterham



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as noted above - quite a simple engine.
Even I have managed to remove and refit on over head valve engine - and its still worked.

I am Mr Average - so chances are you'll be fine (assuming you have the limited number of tools available to you).
good luck Thumbs Up
Post #994120 26th May 2023 1:48pm
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hmmwv



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Thx for the answers guys.
I agree that the 300tdi is an easy engine to work on, but for some reasons the mechanics here disagree. One flat out told me that he has worked on them before and it's out of his league. They're way fiddly... Rolling with laughter Most of the other workshops don't have time to slot me in...

I've also asked a club, but I haven't heard back other than they're asking around. There don't seem too many defendersoin this area.

I could have done it myself, but a) it's not really a job I want to do on a campsite, b) i have no means to properly check the head. So I could put the gasket in but it might fail again and maybe the next time when I'm in a really remote area like the Yukon or whatever.

Anyway, after someone proposed it in a Facebook group, I've decided to rent a U-Haul truck with trailer (lots cheaper than having the truck towed) and I'll head to Salt Lake City, where there's a proper workshop specializing in Defenders.

Now I just hope the spare parts arrive in time, as LRdirect did not manage to ship them before the long weekend Crying or Very sad
Post #994173 27th May 2023 1:50am
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geobloke



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Well I am glad you now have a workable plan Thumbs Up Pity about the bits, but at least you get to spend some quality time in Salt Lake City Rolling Eyes

Loads to do there for the weekend I am sure.
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good luck DEFENDER 90 TDCI XS,

I hope everyone is well and your land rovers make you happy
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