BEEN A While, so update…

I have had the typical rover issues… and they never really have gotten out of hand.  BUT over the last six or seven months, MAN the Rover gods must be mad at me.  The list:

  1. Ontario’s safety inspection
    • unecessary bushing replacement
    • unecessary tire replacement (x5)
  2. steering knuckle issues
  3. pinion seal on rear differential
  4. rear main seal
  5. water ingress driver side
  6. MULTIPLE bad experiences with local body shop / mechanics (sad about this, because it caused more issues than fixed and COST $$$)
    • if in Kingston DON’T EVER GO TO M.A.R.S. Autobody
  7. RECENTLY – significant oil leak

I have waffled on replacing my beloved Discovery for an upgrade to my ‘dream’ Land Rover – the Defender 110.  Actually found a really nice one in Germany.  BUT there are several factors that have come into play – first and most prohibitive is the cost.  To get a nice Defender here in Canada will cost at least $25 – 30 K and that is a 15 – 20 year old vehicle. Other things that were considered – I love my Discovery.  It is nice, clean and comfy.  Despite the recent issues, I still enjoy it A LOT!

So with some prodding from the boss (aka wife), The decision was made to keep the Disco.  Now this is not as simple as just continue to drive it till something goes wrong.  I REALLY want to have that unicorn – a nice clean Discovery 2 with no issues, oil leaks etc…

OFF i go, to See the guys at Diesel Rovers:  where it may cost some $$ but not the amount of the Defender and certainly not Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 08.20.03enough to discourage me from doing this.  I have had good experience with Adam and his shop. Hoping that this will launch my Discovery 2 into years of trouble (ish) free enjoyment 😀

The Disco was dropped off this weekend (21 Feb, 2019) and I look forward to letting everyone know how the process is going.  Stay tuned…

In the end, once the Rover is healthy again… it will be time to explore, on the books this summer are several adventures.

Plus whatever else I can find in the great Canadian Shield ;).

Water… water… everywhere :(

So, latest challenge for the Rover and I is a wet driver side floor pan. AND I’ll tell you this tracing water down is ‘fun’…

I first went with what had changed last – several months ago my windshield was replaced, and it has had some issues afterwards. SO went ahead with the assumption that the water was coming from there. Being new to a town and looking for a trust worthy service center added to my challenge. You never truly know if you are entrusting your rig with someone who will treat it right.

This time I think it was a good choice – Kingston Autoglass the owner – Leo spent some time to show me what could be the issue and ALSO was clear that the glass might not be my issue.

Sadly, two things happened 😦 first the water leak continued… not good.  Second the in windshield heater was damaged when they did the maintenance  OH and that is not covered by the work they did 😦 so now I have half a heated windshield.  BUMMED!

I continued the hunt… found where the water is coming out… it is the seam at the base of the A pillar – in the drivers foot well.  SO I went and bought seam sealer, and cleaned up the joints and sealed away…. only to have my dreams crushed as water continues to ingress 😦

Continue to watch here… I am still on the hunt for the leak.  Right now, next thing to check is the rain gutters – research has uncovered that the Safety Devices rack might be causing the seam to crack and leak.  More info to follow.