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> In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> "Cassillis" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Hi all; Can someone please confirm a few things about wading plugs for my
> > 1996 300TDi Defender 90.
> > 1. How many do I need? Some confusion in the information I have been given
> > some people say two others say only one
> There's 2 - one in the bottom of the timing case, one at the bottom
> of the bell housing.
> > 2. Where does it or they fit?
> > 3. Are they left in on a permanent basis or should they be place in on the
> > day of going out to play and then removed?
> They shouldn't be left in permenantly.
> > 4. Are they essential for simply crossing small fords or are they meant for
> > long term immersion into water?
> If you are going out for the day and likely to be fording, then fit them.
> Just for odd crossing they aren't strictly necessary unless the water is
> deep. Personaly, I've never bothered with them, but that's not a
It's muck and grit in the water that's the major issue, and timing belt
more than the clutch (though, like a brake, a wet clutch can slip: not
good, but it doesn't wreck the engine).
The reason to remove them is simply that the holes are there to allow
oil seepage from the engine and gearbox seals to escape. Given the
propensity for Land Rovers to mark their territory, it's obviously a
good thing not to keep them in the holes, but there's no need to worry
about a day with them in, not unless your seals are knackered. It
depends on your vehicle, but leaving the plugs in for the whole weekend
is likely to be OK too.
People with expedition experience might be able to give better advice,
but I imagine it would make sense to remove them when you make camp, and
put them back in as part of the start-of-day checks.
David G. Bell -- SF Fan, Filker, and Punslinger.
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