Isuzu Regular Maintenance - Engine Oil, Axle Fluids, Tranny and T-Case & more.
Here you'll find articles regarding how to go about performing those regular maintenance items that are required to keep your truck running well. These include changing all the oils and fluids as well as other tips and tricks to help cut the cost of scheduled maintenance by doing things yourself. You'll also find that doing it yourself will go a long way toward teaching you how things work, and helping you figure out why things don't work when they should.
Changing CV Boots on IFS Isuzus
Changing the CV boots is not really fun, but it really isn't as bad as it would seem. Chances are you'll have to do this at least once, and probably several times if you have the torsion bars cranked for lift. Follow along as Dan Houlton covers changing the boots on the front of a '94 Amigo.
Changing Your Engine Oil
Probably the first experience most people have with working on their vehicle is changing the engine oil.
However, even some seasoned four-wheelers take this for granted and have never done it themselves.
Instead, many people bring it to the "quickie lube" shops to have it done, and never learn how to do it.
But what happens if you get water in your engine and have to change the oil on the trail?
Changing Your Manual Transmission and Transfer Case Oil
Generally, manual transmissions and transfer cases are closely-related, and their fluids are changed at similar intervals, so it makes sense to discuss them at the same time. Changing these fluids is very simple, most times even easier than changing the motor oil. Yet for some reason many people who change their own oil are unwilling to attempt this maintenance. Hopefully after reading this article, you will see how easy it really is, and you'll see no reason not to try it yourself.
Installing Manually-Locking Hubs
Once upon a time, shifting to 4WD meant stopping the truck, getting out, and
locking the hubs. However, todays new 4x4s and SUVs more often than not
come equipped with shift-on-the-fly (SOTF) transfer cases, which allow you to
engage 4WD without stopping, even at speeds up to 60 MPH. This is a great feature
in the eyes of the general public, however, in the eyes of a seasoned four-wheeler,
this takes away some of the control, and many will look to "correct" this.
So how can you take the control back? Install a set of manually-locking hubs.
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