Carrying spares and knowing how to improvise can really go a long way for us none mechanical folks in our 4x4 repair quests.
Of course heading out bush with a pro mechanic is better but how often will that happen!?
When we say improvise we mean using different tools and items to sort out a problem
out on the tracks when the correct tools or replacement parts are not available
for a track repair.
To enable yourself to do this you will need a tool box with tools and a box
with spare nuts, bolts, bits of plastic, bits of rubber and anything else which
could be useful.
Check Your Vehicle For Damage While Airing Up.
You won't need boxes upon boxes of spare bits and tools, just a thought out selection and if travelling in pairs or more vehicles on lengthy trips make sure you all bring different parts
and tools to increase your selection and options.
It can be simple as someone bringing all electrical gear and others bringing mechanical gear/tools.
CV Boot Repair On The Track.
A spare bolt or nut can be a trip saver, nuts and bolts come loose and often fall off, this will happen to you more than once on trips with corrugations and also very possible on regular short trips.
If your vehicle has had modifications done to it chances are screws and nuts have not been tightened properly.
4x4 Track Side Repair.
Bringing cordless tools is one of the best things you could do, I use Ryobi cordless tools.
They are cheap and very good as long as they are not used for industrial usage, so for home DIY and track side repair DIY they are perfect.
I usually bring a drill, 4' grinder, impact wrench, lantern, torch and a DC charger with 2 batteries, sometimes I even bring the small chainsaw which runs on the same batteries.
It's all fairly light weight and most of that weight is
in the batteries.
Track Side Repair.
CV Boots on IFS vehicles (common problem and easy to repair)
Tyre Puncture Repair (Have a Tyre Repair Kit on board and it's easy to fix.)
More to come...
Don't Leave Your Car Behind.