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    Hey All.

    So while trying to keep myself busy, and do a little preventative maintenance on the lady this morning, I decided to
    dry the desiccant out in the suspension compressor, ( loads of threads, been done many many times ) I have done it myself on my 2 previous Discovery's

    This one was in need I though to myself on this bright sunny, Sunday morning. Especially because the compressor seems to sound like its working harder, and therefore runs for longer before stopping.
    No error messages however, except every now and again in Moz when it was super hot and we did lots of bumpy stuff, then she would moan a little. But not for very long.

    Anyway. Desiccant out a drying in oven / microwave for ahwile.

    Clever one here thought hey, why not check the spring and valve at the same time.. well that's where the shitty Sunday comes it..

    half a turn of the 17mm socket on the outlet valve bolt and there we have it, seized solid....... MY F%K, what now.
    wont turn back in and wont turn out at all..

    self don't be silly. spray it with some anti seize lube etc.. all done about half a can or so, left it for a couple hours still nothing.
    warm it up a little, hey, its turns about 1/4 turn out but solid.

    Well, now its out but the threads are FUBAR on both the nut, and the body.
    Clearly NO engineering shops open for the next few weeks, and no spares shops open either..

    Anyone have any ideas to help me out of this JAM ??
    ill try clean the threads with a pick, and a file for the bolt as there are about 2 threads left, im sure however that this will be a short term solution, if I even manage to get it right.

    Do any of you perhaps have an old compressor that this bolt isnt damaged on ? and is willing to part with it, so I can repair mine?
    Or any idea of where to buy a second hand ( not working ) compressor ?


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    Silly idea and not a mechanic. Can you not diy manufacturer an insert and retap insert and plug thingymabobs to fit in... Or use pratley steel putty providing there is no pressure. Just saying. Don't you have mates who has or knows someone with a lathe.
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    I would try clean/pick thread. Fit back and then a bracket across nut to hold in place, like a u-bolt used with exhausts.

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    My pa het altyd vir my gese, "moet nie krap waar dit nie juk nie"

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    Difficult to tell from the photos, but it doesn't look as though the internal thread is damaged though. You could possibly use a pick to remove the worst of it. What size is the plug that turns in there? If you have a similar sized bolt, cut a notch in the end and use it like a tap to rethread and repair the hole.
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    I would clean the thread and refit with loctite retaining grade. If not available then use pratley epoxy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris8d View Post
    My pa het altyd vir my gese, "moet nie krap waar dit nie juk nie"

    Duidelik. groot ### gemaak.

    thanks for the msg,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    I would try clean/pick thread. Fit back and then a bracket across nut to hold in place, like a u-bolt used with exhausts.

    ...till the end of shutdown.
    This sounds like the best idea. Are those two holes on both sides of the bolt the locating bolt holes? If so then ideal to retain a bracket as well.
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    Default Re: Suspension shitty sunday

    How about a banjo bolt ( if you have 1), tap hole and fit banjo bolt..

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    Ja I was watching all the guys getting into doing stuff that didn't need doing, and I thought "I wonder if they've considered what crap they'd be in if they stuffed something up during lock down?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Ja I was watching all the guys getting into doing stuff that didn't need doing, and I thought "I wonder if they've considered what crap they'd be in if they stuffed something up during lock down?"
    I also wondered about this.
    My parents were in the motor trade. Late 60's to mid 80's, Volvo, Alfa and Nissan.
    Sundays were often interrupted by someone that "fixed" things that up to that point worked fine.
    They then urgently required replacement parts or advice on how to get it going again because they had get to work on Monday.
    Amongst the many stories one stood out.
    A very nice client called one Saturday to say that his car was stuck inside his garage.
    A little questioning revealed that he received a toolbox for his birthday.
    Keen to use it he jacked up his car and tightened everything underneath it.
    When he lowered it to the ground to go for a test drive he discovered that the engine started but the car would not move...
    Q..could he remember tightening square not hexagon shaped screws on the inside plate of each of the back wheels?
    R..Yes he can, they were very loose!
    Ok...They are the handbrake adjuster screws.
    Jack up the car release the handbrake and undo them until you can turn the wheels by hand.
    When you have time bring it in so that we can re-adjust it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawid Rabie View Post
    I also wondered about this.
    My parents were in the motor trade. Late 60's to mid 80's, Volvo, Alfa and Nissan.
    Sundays were often interrupted by someone that "fixed" things that up to that point worked fine.
    They then urgently required replacement parts or advice on how to get it going again because they had get to work on Monday.
    Yes, when I was young I also did some of these things on weekends

    - drain the gearbox oil but don't have a tool to remove the filler cap (strange Torx head thing that was new at that stage)
    - tried to replace disk pads on a Skyline and didn't have the special tool that releases the self adjusting calipers
    - replace thermostat and strip the mounting bolt thread in the cylinder head
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    Thanks Dawid, that one just made my day!
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    amazing to see how many people troll threads just to give the author some sh1t.

    Firstly I admitted that I made the error.

    Second, why is it assumed that there was nothing wrong with it.
    I mentioned that the compressor had started running much longer than required, the silica gel was hard and lots of moisture. I also mentioned that I had already done this on my 2 previous disco's without any issue.

    Lastly, why do you assume that I just received a tool box and don't know how to use any of the tools inside or what to do a car??

    I certainly appreciate the gentlemen that have made valid comments on how to try and resolve the issue. Thank you all.

    For the rest of you, thanks for the input but it really isn't required. Unless of coarse it is made to purely make yourself feel better. If that's the case have at it, Karma is coming back and Ill be first to say sorry about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitpin1234 View Post
    amazing to see how many people troll threads just to give the author some sh1t.

    Firstly I admitted that I made the error.

    Second, why is it assumed that there was nothing wrong with it.
    I mentioned that the compressor had started running much longer than required, the silica gel was hard and lots of moisture. I also mentioned that I had already done this on my 2 previous disco's without any issue.

    Lastly, why do you assume that I just received a tool box and don't know how to use any of the tools inside or what to do a car??

    I certainly appreciate the gentlemen that have made valid comments on how to try and resolve the issue. Thank you all.

    For the rest of you, thanks for the input but it really isn't required. Unless of coarse it is made to purely make yourself feel better. If that's the case have at it, Karma is coming back and Ill be first to say sorry about!
    I think you are taking the responses too seriously. It's one of those things, you could have done this procedure 1000's of times before without any hassle, but now that you are in the situation where you cannot go get stuff to fix the bugger-up that happened, is the time when the bugger-up will happen.

    Anyway, hope you come right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    I think you are taking the responses too seriously. It's one of those things, you could have done this procedure 1000's of times before without any hassle, but now that you are in the situation where you cannot go get stuff to fix the bugger-up that happened, is the time when the bugger-up will happen.

    Anyway, hope you come right.

    Now that I thought about it a little more,

    You are 100 % right. Thanks for the reset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris dippenaar View Post
    How about a banjo bolt ( if you have 1), tap hole and fit banjo bolt..

    Wat is n bajo bolt?

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    Banjo boltClick image for larger version. 

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    Fits like thisClick image for larger version. 

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