Fitting rated recovery points to your vehicle is absolutely essential before heading offroad.
A recovery of any kind is dangerous if not performed carefully and with correct safety precautions. Not everyone realises that when stuck, it’s not just the weight of your car that is on the strap, but also the weight of the vehicle that is pulling you, as well as extra weight depending on how you are stuck. If you are stuck to the chassis in mud, the mud causes suction and can make the recovery harder, and make the forces applied to your vehicle and straps stronger.View full article →
Paying attention to small details will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip!
Over the years I have done my fair share of 4WDing trips, but I have also had the opportunity to help set up a number of vehicles for remote touring. I have recently helped set up one for a return trip to the Cape and another for a trip to the Kimberley. Even more interesting was an opportunity I had recently to set up a vehicle for a remote overseas trip.
One of the main things I’ve learnt is that it is usually the little things that fail and need attention along the way. For remote travelling, not only do you need to take spares with you, but you also need to make sure you take tools, and before you head out you need to know your 4WD. By this I mean you need to know how it drives, where your gauges sit and the systems you have.
All you need to know about drum brakes.
Although drum brakes are being phased out of newer vehicles, they are still widely used in many popular older makes and models of 4WD. Drum brakes are made up of brake shoes, wheel cylinders, retaining clips, springs, adjusters and in some models, handbrake levers and cables.
When putting your foot on the brake pedal, brake fluid passes from the brake master cylinder to the wheel cylinders. The wheel cylinders push the brake shoes outwards, where they contact the brake drum. The rotation of the brake drum forces the brake shoes into itself, jamming the shoes into the drum and stopping the vehicle.
I recently came across an overheated 4WD on the tracks, which got me thinking about the importance of understanding thermostats.
A thermostat is a wax type valve that is used to regulate engine temperature. It warms the engine quickly and ensures that the engine stays at optimum operating temperature. Ensuring that the engine gets to the right temperature as quickly as possible improves fuel economy and keeps your engine running well.
Engine sensors control the amount of fuel delivered to the engine. To warm up, an engine requires more air and fuel than usual. Once it has reached its running temperature, these sensors bring the fuel trim back to normal to improve economy and emissions.