I thought it might be a good time to carry out a full service as we were heading on a circa 800 mile trip.
I changed the Oil all the filters. Part number below and all available from Paddock Spares
Oil Filter – LPX100590
Rotor Filter – ERR6299
Air Filter – ESR4238
Diesel Filter – ESR4686M
I also tightened the handbrake as it was getting a little slack, topped up the washer fluid, changed the wiper blades, topped up coolant and checked the rest of the fluids.
The wiper spindle on the drivers side was becoming loose so i had to change that too. This job is a compete nightmare and requires taking the entire top of the dash out including most of the binnacle and console. Be prepared to get your hands scratched to bits from the sharp edges.
One of the biggest problems people will complain about why they don’t like or wont drive a defender is Road noise or its cold. Ok, its a fair point. Seeing as this is my 3rd defender and im now in my 30’s i was beginning to want a more user friendly vehicle so i decided to insulate the interior and future proof it where possible.
One problem I also wanted to get rid of was the fact that i didn’t seem to have a specific floor / barrier and there was water ingress due to seats being removed and holes not being filled. I began by sourcing insulation and removing all the interior from the the front seats back. I lines all the walls and the floor with insulation and used duct tape to mask the joins. after this was complete i sourced 10mm rubber and began to fit it to the floor, footwells and sides of footwells.
I sourced this from a local rubber company and used one piece and cut it to suit. After this was done i then trimmed and edged the corners with edging for steps. This was quite expensive but i think it made the job look more professional in the end.
The result was i had an interior that was dry, clean and easily washable. I had future plans to install a complete kitchen / cooking system and this was the perfect base to work from. I believe this is one of the top things i have done to make the defender a more day to day friendly vehicle. I has also reduced the road noise no end and had made the cabin a quieter place to be while driving.