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Old 11-22-2005, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
Andrew Cooke
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Diff Lock Seized

Thanks for the earlier replies ref the thermostat, will check it out in the
morning.

The only other problem with the car (which is otherwise in great nick for
under 3k!) is that I can't engage the diff-lock. The lever won't push
across at all and I wonder if it could just be seized or is it likely to be
more serious? The transfer box was stiff when trying to engage low range but
after a few goes it has freed up a bit. Any help appreciated.

Andy

<1995 300 TDi Auto>


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Old 11-22-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
Nige
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Re: Diff Lock Seized


"Andrew Cooke" <andrew.cooke4@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:dm02en$b41$1@nwrdmz02.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> Thanks for the earlier replies ref the thermostat, will check it out in
> the morning.
>
> The only other problem with the car (which is otherwise in great nick for
> under 3k!) is that I can't engage the diff-lock. The lever won't push
> across at all and I wonder if it could just be seized or is it likely to
> be more serious? The transfer box was stiff when trying to engage low
> range but after a few goes it has freed up a bit. Any help appreciated.
>
> Andy
>
> <1995 300 TDi Auto>
>


What colour is it Andy, i'll look for you on the school run tomorrow!!

Does the dash lamp come on BTW? or just nowt?


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Old 11-22-2005, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Diff Lock Seized

"Andrew Cooke" <andrew.cooke4@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:dm02en$b41$1@nwrdmz02.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> Thanks for the earlier replies ref the thermostat, will check it out in
> the morning.
>
> The only other problem with the car (which is otherwise in great nick for
> under 3k!) is that I can't engage the diff-lock. The lever won't push
> across at all and I wonder if it could just be seized or is it likely to
> be more serious? The transfer box was stiff when trying to engage low
> range but after a few goes it has freed up a bit. Any help appreciated.
>
> Andy
>
> <1995 300 TDi Auto>


Our 1997 Disco ES had the same problem.

It's newness. Ours had probably never been used since leaving the factory.
Give it a good workout and it will eventually slide over. I pulled in at a
Main dealer in the lakes and the nice chaps there shook hell out of the
lever for 3 minutes... I felt a bit daft after but hey, not as daft as not
being able to reverse the Caravan onto a pitch with my shinney 4x4.

Lee D


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Old 11-23-2005, 11:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Diff Lock Seized

Took it in to a garage today, they reckon they have to strip out the centre
console to get at it. Is this true? I thought all the mechanical bits were
underneath the car?


"Lee_D" <newsgroupNOSPAM@NOSPAMlrproject.com> wrote in message
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> "Andrew Cooke" <andrew.cooke4@btinternet.com> wrote in message
> news:dm02en$b41$1@nwrdmz02.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
>> Thanks for the earlier replies ref the thermostat, will check it out in
>> the morning.
>>
>> The only other problem with the car (which is otherwise in great nick for
>> under 3k!) is that I can't engage the diff-lock. The lever won't push
>> across at all and I wonder if it could just be seized or is it likely to
>> be more serious? The transfer box was stiff when trying to engage low
>> range but after a few goes it has freed up a bit. Any help appreciated.
>>
>> Andy
>>
>> <1995 300 TDi Auto>

>
> Our 1997 Disco ES had the same problem.
>
> It's newness. Ours had probably never been used since leaving the factory.
> Give it a good workout and it will eventually slide over. I pulled in at a
> Main dealer in the lakes and the nice chaps there shook hell out of the
> lever for 3 minutes... I felt a bit daft after but hey, not as daft as not
> being able to reverse the Caravan onto a pitch with my shinney 4x4.
>
> Lee D
>



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Old 11-23-2005, 11:01   #5 (permalink)
Lee_D
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Re: Diff Lock Seized

Andrew Cooke <andrew.cooke4@btinternet.com> uttered summat worrerz
funny about:
> Took it in to a garage today, they reckon they have to strip out the
> centre console to get at it. Is this true? I thought all the
> mechanical bits were underneath the car?


My fix literally involved forceful yanking to and fro... with Mrs D and the
kids & Dog still sat in. Not a screwdriver in sight. Not withstanding that
yours may be alot worse. I gave so much force I was fearful of pulling the
knob off the lever. But the lad at the Main dealers didn't bat an eyelid and
didn't charge either... that's my kind of main dealer! I really wanted some
assurance I was trying to get it into diff lock the correct way as the car
was relatively new to us then.

Lee D


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Old 11-23-2005, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Diff Lock Seized

On or around Wed, 23 Nov 2005 18:05:10 +0000 (UTC), "Andrew Cooke"
<andrew.cooke4@btinternet.com> enlightened us thusly:

>Took it in to a garage today, they reckon they have to strip out the centre
>console to get at it. Is this true? I thought all the mechanical bits were
>underneath the car?


you'd probably have to in order to strip the linkage.

however, what they probably *do* is spray it all with WD40 and then get the
garage oik to sit there wiggling the lever for 5 minutes to free it up.

Cynic? Moi?
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Old 11-24-2005, 13:01   #7 (permalink)
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Wassa diff lock then, don't reckon I got one them new fangled thingies :)


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"Andrew Cooke" <andrew.cooke4@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:dm02en$b41$1@nwrdmz02.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> Thanks for the earlier replies ref the thermostat, will check it out in

the
> morning.
>
> The only other problem with the car (which is otherwise in great nick for
> under 3k!) is that I can't engage the diff-lock. The lever won't push
> across at all and I wonder if it could just be seized or is it likely to

be
> more serious? The transfer box was stiff when trying to engage low range

but
> after a few goes it has freed up a bit. Any help appreciated.
>
> Andy
>
> <1995 300 TDi Auto>
>
>



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Old 11-25-2005, 06:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Diff Lock Seized

On or around Thu, 24 Nov 2005 19:49:55 -0000, "Larry" <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm>
enlightened us thusly:

>Wassa diff lock then, don't reckon I got one them new fangled thingies :)


I'd not say no to a rear one in a series III, if someone donated it :-)

Steve's 101 with the difflock in the back axle does go exceptionally well
offroad, on standard bargips.
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:02   #9 (permalink)
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....and Austin Shackles spake unto the tribes of Usenet, saying...


> On or around Thu, 24 Nov 2005 19:49:55 -0000, "Larry"
> <NDA@larry-arnold.cwm> enlightened us thusly:
>
>> Wassa diff lock then, don't reckon I got one them new fangled
>> thingies :)

>
> I'd not say no to a rear one in a series III, if someone donated it
> :-)
>
> Steve's 101 with the difflock in the back axle does go exceptionally
> well offroad, on standard bargips.


Well, up to a point, Lord Copper... See the recent video evidence for a 101
having ten goes at a hill that a standard Disco did first time. Yes, the
same 101 that later pulled said Disco out of the slurry.

Fifteen all.

:-)


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Old 11-25-2005, 12:02   #10 (permalink)
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Richard Brookman wrote: Yes, the
> same 101 that later pulled said Disco out of the slurry.


TWICE.

Steve
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