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Yellow knob

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by Old Seadog, Mar 10, 2019.

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  1. Old Seadog

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    Series III 109 1984 ex-military. The yellow knob to engage 4wd in high range doesn't seem to work. I'm hoping it's something very simple, if I can get at it when the weather's a bit more clement. I have a big garage/workshop but the door lintel is only just about 6 foot, so I can't get the car inside. The roof is also corrugated asbestos so no-one will touch it to make the doorway a bit higher.
     
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    Let some air out of your tyres and drive it in.
     
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    IIRC you can access the transfer box dust cover by removing the drivers floor panel, it may well be the area is full of crud or it needs a good oiling to free everything up especially if the vehicle has been out of commission for a while or 4WD hasn't been used much.
     
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    As said selector shafts probably siezed up this may help.
     

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    I had thought of that but my Landy is the heavy duty version with high lift suspension and it's about six four or six five to the top of the canvas frames.
     
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    I had thought of that but my Landy is the heavy duty version with high lift suspension and it's about six four or six five to the top of the canvas frames.
     
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    1 You can get to the yellow knob and selectors working from inside and lifting the floor out. No excuses....
    2 The yellow knob relseases a spring loaded pin that releases a spring loaded selector shaft so when the bits get dry or dirty they stick. Pulling the red lever into low and back into high latches the springs.
    3 Get a garden sprayer and fill with dilute PVA then spray the asbestos cement sheet all over, that seals the dust, then take iff and put it in bin bags and seal them. Wear disposable overalls and a hat (mutton cloth works) then fold it all into the last bin bag. I wear old clothes and bin those too as you don't want fibres in the washing machine. The sealed bags are OK to go to the local dump as asbestos cement is approved for land fill (it where it goes anyway). HSE have a whole suite of guides aon how to do it.
    http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/guidance/a14.pdf
    Its one of these jobs wher a few hours and a bit of thought will save you £1000s and if you follow the guidance you will do it as well as the professionals.
     
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    I'll certainly have a go at the yellow knob. I have also been studying the garage roof for some time and have worked out how to raise the door lintel without too much trouble. However, the roof extends across my neighbour's garage, which poses a problem with doing half of it. And then, we are in rented accommodation, so the garage doesn't actually belong to me, though we have been here twenty years.
     
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    Sent a polite letter to the landlord asking for the asbestos roof to be removed and offer to contribute to the some of the cost if the roof is raised to fit your vehicle. They will know they will be faced with having to remove the asbestos at some stage and an offer of a finanical contribution may be enough. You are clearly a good tenant so they will want to help, they can claim the work against tax and the value of their asset will increase. good luck!
     
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    Get a second set of wheel rims (without tyres) and fit them to move it in and out of the garage. I have a pair (free if you are passing buy to collect) which I picked up so that I could remove the axles without either, dragging it along the ground, jacking the chassis to a silly height, or removing a lot of bodywork.
     
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    I had considered that, including the possibility that swb wheele with tyres might give enough clearance. Your idea would also work, of course, but I have been trying to find an easier solution because at the age of 78, changing all the wheels off and on, twice, every time is a bit off-putting.
    Thanks for the offer of the wheels but don't hold your breath - Warwick isn't really within my sphere of influence nowadays.
     
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    I did speak to them some years ago, when the old estate manager was still in charge, and he didn't fancy it. Now that the younger son of the owner is running this part of the family estate, it might indeed be worth having another pop at it. Your idea is a good one. Thank-you.
     
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    I have the same problem with my series 3 and its safari roof. I've thought about taking the wheels off and dropping it onto skids then using the winch to drag itself into the garage. I haven't yet worked out how to get it back out again.

    Col
     
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    we had a garage with an up and over door, the only way I could get a series in was top off screen down, you need somewhere to store the top though.
     
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