Car Repair on the Road – Overland Vehicle Breakdowns and Maintenance
No overland journey without your car breaking down or needing some kind of maintenance. What car issues have we faced in which countries? Where have we found car workshops that understand an old Land Cruiser? And meet the kindest and most helpful workshops in the world when we were in need of car repairs.
The Land Cruiser returned the factory where it was built in 1984: Toyota Auto Body, in Toyota City. Next, the Toyota Automobile Museum.
As we weave our way through urbanized Honshu, we stop in Hiroshima, make new friends and kill the clutch in the middle of the highway.
We hoped for magic things in our Land Cruiser’s country of birth, Japan, but this is beyond expectation. A look into 4Friendee Auto Workshop.
November 29, 2016. We make new friends, admire hellish-looking ponds, and have our first car accident in 13 years on the road.
This is part 3 of a 3-series story of the second overhaul on the Land Cruiser and how we remodeled it with a water tank, sink, and a whole lot … Read more
After 12.5+ years on the road we switched from water canisters to a water tank and sink. Here’s how we did it.
Getting the bodywork welded proved to be a major challenge: meet the 5 welders.
What can happen with your winch if you don’t use it regularly and don’t do any maintenance?
Part 3 in the series Problem Solving on the Road, this time focused on the car workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
As the years go by the wear and tear of the Land Cruiser continue. A while back driving off roads became less pleasant because my door increasingly rattled. First I thought it was the placement of … Read more
Problem solving on the road, in Ecuador to be exact, continues with stories on idler shafts, gearbox dismantles, and tires (once more).
It started with an odd sound, it ended with new leaf-springs, and the transfer box taken down. Part one of car problem solving in Ecuador.
As Coen inspected wheel nuts on Ecuadorian vehicles he noticed many were missing; what does this say about car mechanics?
Weird sounds and friction came and went for years. Time to get to the bottom at this and for that we visited the workshop Fire Wheels in Lima.
Our Land Cruiser did carry the king of air filters; however, it rusted through all the same. How did the car get to sport a fancy Donaldson Full-View Pre-Cleaner?
Tips on where to get your car fixed in Bolivia with gps waypoints of workshops and tips on what to do in case of a major repair (overhaul).
Our plans go up in smoke.
Fiberglass cars are common in Brazil. Does the technique offer a solution for some of the Land Cruiser’s nasty holes and cracks?
How did we become owner of a vice, a custom made key ring, and rear light protectors? And how is that related to Egyptian Pyramids?
How did the welding of two cracks turn into a nineteen-day project?
New country, new impressions. In Guyana we appreciate the gesture of welcome when in need of getting a flat tire fixed.
An impression of Ernesto’s immaculate workshop.
Time to get some work done on the Land Cruiser…
Batteries on fire that need to be replaced in Paraguay.