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Dear All,

I have recently bought a P38a and other than a brief EAS fault which cleared itself on the way home she seems to be working as well as expected for a 18 year old car .

I am putting together a P38 "survival kits" which so far consists of:

1. Breakdown Kit - triangle, high viz, torch etc
2. Air compressor - the previous owner did the EAS upgrade so that each air bag can be pumped up with a compressor in an emergency

I am thinking of adding a Faultmate FCR and a BeCM Sync-Mate? Does anyone have any other "must haves" for being a P38 owner?

This brings me onto my next question, I am based in South London (Earlsfield) and looking for a good mechanic who understand the P38. I am happy to travel up to 1.5 hrs to have the right person sort the vehicle out. Does anyone have any recommendations?

I would like them to complete an in-depth check on the vehicle and recommend any parts which would be advisable to change.

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

Tom
 

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My breakdown kit is considerably larger than that but I have this perverse habit of getting in my car and driving it for 1500 miles non-stop. I've done 8,000 miles in the last 6 weeks! Rather than the Faultmate and Sync Mate, go for the Nanocom Evo, cheaper and will do everything the others do. Be wary of the manual inflation kits especially if the plastic Tee pieces with the blue collett have been used. They are prone to leaking so can cause more problems than they solve.

There is a place in Battersea (RR London, www.rrlondon.co.uk). Not had much to do with them other than buying a P38 they were selling on behalf of the owner, but they do seemed to know their stuff.
 

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Thank you for your reply! 15000 miles! Wow that is some good mileage!

I have amended my order to the Nanocom Evo. Noted re: blue colletts - best way to check they are okay? Water and soap?

Thanks for the p38 specialist. Has anyone else had experience of using them?

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Best way to check for leaks anywhere on the EAS system is a spray bottle with a mix of water and washing up liquid. My avatar shows my mileage at the end of August, up to 408,000 now.....
 

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I get what Richard is saying regarding tees leaking but done right, I think they are worthwhile. I've had them on my P38 for many years without issues along with a tee in the high pressure line feeding a pressure gauge. Sure is nice to see what the compressor is doing. Also, along with the soap and spray bottle (in the US, Dawn dish soap), an automotive stethoscope can be useful as well.
 

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I've had them on my P38 for many years without issues
But how many times have you had to use them? I carry a set of push on Schrader valves in the boot that I can fit should ever need to and never have. I just think that adding extra joints is just increasing the chances of a problem.

For automotive stethoscope read 2-3 feet of 8mm plastic pipe, put one end in your ear and wave the other end around. Will also come in useful if you spring a leak on the windscreen washers or cruise control (in fact, my stethoscope is a bit of left over pipe from replacing the pipes on the cruise control).
 

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But how many times have you had to use them?
Initially, I used them while chasing a driver block issue which was maddening until diagnosed. The worst scene was pulling off the freeway in hard fault 300 miles from home with my wife in the car. Filled the springs with a 12v compressor and a tape measure, jumpered to EAS manual and drove home without problems. Since then, very few EAS problems but still useful when changing springs and they don't leak so why disturb them?
My automotive stethoscope was something I have in the tool chest for isolating noises, I think a whopping $10 investment. But sure you can use a piece of pipe and spend the $10 on a pint.
 

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Safari Engineering in Eversley, Hampshire might be within your 1.5hrs.
 

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+1 on getting Nanocom rather than Faultmate & SyncMate.

There's a few of us P38 owners around the M25 circle (more on Landyzone). I'm in Langley near M4-J5. EAS is easy to sort yourself if you ready all the guides, get soapy water. Then if required replace the valve block seals & refurbish the pump. Don't get a garage to do it because they will charge loads for a simple diy job.

As far as the rest of the car is concerned does everything work ? Most niggles are connector corrosion due to damp. Mechanical stuff can be more work, but most jobs are similar to any other car.

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I'm no P38 mechanic as such but I've practically rebuilt my own one and have a workshop just off the old Kent road if you wanted to swing by. Happy to offer my opinions on anything that looks like it needs doing.
 

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As above. I'm near Dorking and have a 2 post lift if you're ever in the area.

Recently converted mine from coils, changed all seals on pump and valve block. All okay!
 

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Tom - you cd try Meades in Teddington. Graham the manager is an ex LR mechanic, and runs a RR classic.
 

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+1 on getting Nanocom rather than Faultmate & SyncMate.

There's a few of us P38 owners around the M25 circle (more on Landyzone). I'm in Langley near M4-J5. EAS is easy to sort yourself if you ready all the guides, get soapy water. Then if required replace the valve block seals & refurbish the pump. Don't get a garage to do it because they will charge loads for a simple diy job.

As far as the rest of the car is concerned does everything work ? Most niggles are connector corrosion due to damp. Mechanical stuff can be more work, but most jobs are similar to any other car.

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Thanks for your reply! I will make sure to register for LandyZone too. I will be keeping the EAS at all cost as I want to keep it as original as possible, hence trying to find a p38 sympathetic mechanic.

When for the Nanocom as recommeded on here - great piece of kit!

There are a few niggles and today ran the Nanocom and a few faults came up which I will be posting in a new post.
 

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I'm no P38 mechanic as such but I've practically rebuilt my own one and have a workshop just off the old Kent road if you wanted to swing by. Happy to offer my opinions on anything that looks like it needs doing.
That would be great..thank you. I will p.m. you my details. I am very green when it comes to mechanical stuff but always happy to try to fix something myself.
 

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But how many times have you had to use them? I carry a set of push on Schrader valves in the boot that I can fit should ever need to and never have. I just think that adding extra joints is just increasing the chances of a problem.

For automotive stethoscope read 2-3 feet of 8mm plastic pipe, put one end in your ear and wave the other end around. Will also come in useful if you spring a leak on the windscreen washers or cruise control (in fact, my stethoscope is a bit of left over pipe from replacing the pipes on the cruise control).
Hello, I am interested in these PUSH ON SCHRADER VALVES. Where can one source these please?
Thanks,
 

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Just poked my nose in to say I am in South Wales
Currently have a 97 P38 4L SE,1999 P38 4L,Disco TD5 and just wish LR could make a vehicle with reliable electrics

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