You’d probably find that most good quality 4wd shops would do things far greater than what your routine dealership or backyard mechanical would do. Obviously, we discuss with the customer – what they’ve done, where they’ve been, so for someone who’s maybe been to Cape York, and probably been through a lot of creeks, or things like that, so you would probably look more so at wheel bearings, oils, and areas like for contamination from the water. Probably the biggest thing is knowing the vehicle, and having the experience of what can and can’t go wrong with them and knowing what the car will endure on such a trip. Chances are the team at Macquarie 4×4 have been there and experienced what you will so therefore we know how to prepare your vehicle.
Alot of dealerships wouldn’t know that and we would be looking for far more. A 4wd shop will probably look for more things like cracking around chassis areas, body mounts, checking things like wheel bearings more regularly than what a dealership would do. Adjustments of various bits and pieces and also looking at things that are normally overlooked as the dealer has no knowledge of them such as the checking of winches and various other accessories you have on your vehicle.
The dangers in not servicing correctly before a big trip
Using a good quality 4WD repair/service shop is paramount. Especially if you’re relying on your vehicle in a remote area, the last thing you want to do is to have it let you down because of a $2 part or something that could have been changed and wasn’t looked at or not having the knowledge of what they can or can’t do or need to do you know. Also carrying the correct spares and having the knowledge of what could fail and what to carry is very important, you don’t want to overload your car with a ton of unnecessary spares and the car fail cause you are carrying to much.