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edouard

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Hi all, 

I'm trying to list the right things to do after a drive in the sand in order to maintain the car. More experienced driver what would you add ?

What I have so far: 

  • Inflate the tires
  • Turn all electronics back on
  • Put back all fuses that were removed for the drive
  • Clean the air filter

 

 

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Nice thread @edouard and ill try to add few points

  • Check both the number plates are intact and not fallen off or bent inside after the impact. If it's lost, report to the Police immediately and get it replaced.
  • Check the coolant level (visually) in the expansion bottle if its well within the Min/Max range. If it's low in expansion bottle or coolant reservoir tank, then top up at any nearest fuel station. DO NOT OPEN the radiator cap, when hot, it will gush out all coolant like a hot fountain and burn, just top up in the expansion bottle and check the radiator level again next day when the car is cold. 
  • Check inside the front grill before the radiator if any shrubs, plant or plastic stuck in front, that can block the air circulation and overheat the car.
  • Check inside the engine bay and under the car from wheel arc with a strong flashlight to spot any noticeable leaks, broken hose, pipe etc. A leak may be very small if you spot any wet hose or pipe, worth diagnosing and getting it fixed as soon as possible.
  • While driving back on road immediately after offroad drive, start slowly to hear any unusual noise, vibration etc and then gradually hit the highway speed. Also while doing this music should be off so you can actually pay attention to any unusual hissing/noise. This means to reach to 120 (highway speed) in 5 minutes and not in 10 seconds so you can drive and notice in different speed, as many time some intermittent noise or vibration comes at a very specific speed only.
  • If you venture in water crossing or mud terrain, important to get the car underbody cleaned asap.
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Very good question @edouard and thank you @Gaurav for this very helpful answer. I must admit I bearly do a third of those checks, but starting from now I will follow your list.

Just like to mention another very simple detail, something we might forget before going back on track : to remove the flag ! It happened to me a couple of times... 

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Good topic.

* I do a complete clean after every drive and hose down the chassis of the car. The amount of sand that gets stuck in all these nooks and crannies is unbelievable, and after time it hardens up and becomes even more difficult to remove.

* Check all fluids as @Gaurav mentioned rightly.

* Definitely bring the tyres back to road pressure condition (34psi works best for me). Also inspect the tyres for unusual wear or tear.

* Clean the engine bay (not hosing down, but with a rag and some soft soap) and inspect for leaks or loose fittings, hoses. 

 

 

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Good topic @eduardo.

One more thing that I do before driving away is to lift the wipers and get out the sand that collects on them. If you need to use the wiper on your drive back, you don't want the sand there scratching your windshield. 

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1 hour ago, Emmanuel said:

Very good question @edouard and thank you @Gaurav for this very helpful answer. I must admit I bearly do a third of those checks, but starting from now I will follow your list.

Just like to mention another very simple detail, something we might forget before going back on track : to remove the flag ! It happened to me a couple of times... 

Yeah most important. 😂😂😂

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Nice topic @eduardo and very good points covered by all.

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Many fuel stations offering manual wash including spray on bonnet too. I don't know, is it safe to do or not?

Please give your expert advise / comment!!

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9 minutes ago, Brette said:

@Chirag S. what do you mean by spray on bonnet too?

@Brette  spraying water onto the engine 

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