BlackPaw 4×4 ‘Bush mechanics’ basic maintenance workshop
Planning a Land Rover expedition in the UK or further afield?
Be prepared! Make sure you stay safe and get the maximum enjoyment from your adventure. Experienced and knowledgeable York Land Rover services are offering you a one day ‘bush mechanics’ basic maintenance workshop. Avoid repairs and breakdowns that can be expensive.
We started holding Bush mechanic courses in 2011 after a fellow Overlander ask if he could pay for a days tuition on how to maintain, mend, and made do.
As I keen overlander him self Benjamin Stowe thought he would put his knowledge and skill to good use and teach other like minded people about the fine art of keeping an overland vehicle on the move.
As most of the vehicles taken overland are Defender, Discovery 1, RRC. The whole course is based around their specific systems and mechanics.
Apart from just demonstrating and talking about the systems We offer a hands on approach to teaching you. We are a big believer there’s nothing better then getting your hands dirty and part of the course is changing a wheel bearing.
A series of workshops to help you get to know your Land Rover and to gain confidence. Expect 5-6 hours in the workshop training.
Basic Land Rover maintenance and repair course includes:
- Points to check before starting your expedition
- Identifying symptoms and signs of problems and how to solve them
- How to carry out repairs without workshop facilities
We also cover these key areas:
- Front Axle/ suspension
- Braking System
- Prop shafts
- Transmission / engine
- Wheel bearings
- Fuel systems
- Cooling Systems
The last part of the day we invite our students to bring their vehicles on to one of our lifts to talk about specific items on their vehicles.
Costs and timings
Standard Course (Our most popular option)
Courses are run thought out the Spring and Summer months. It is a full day starting at 09.00 and ending around 17.00 Lunch is included in the price. There are between 3 and 6 people on a course.
Cost is £250 per person
One-On-One bush mechanic course
New to 2013 one on one mechanic course tailored around you and your vehicle. This course offers detailed training about your vehicle. We can also tailor to your skill level and knowledge. With your vehicle on one of our lifts we are able to go over it in fine detail. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Course run thought out the year, lunch is included in the price.
Cost is £400
A basic or comprehensive spares package can be arranged from BlackPaw 4×4 along with specialist tools with which you can work on your Land Rover.
Come along to one of our workshops and get the spares you need for your expedition.
We are the North of England supplier for Eaziawn roof tents, big country roof racks, and National Lunar fridges and spilt charge systems
We also stock a range of useful extras for your journey including roof racks, solar panels, water (drinking) tanks and plug sockets. Ring for details or ask when you come along to our workshop.
Please ring 01904 625073 to book on the next Workshop or send us an email and we will let you know when the next one is scheduled
Hi Ben, we had a brilliant three months around South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia. The Landy was 1994, and hadn’t been well maintained during a very hard life, so I ended up pulling off propshaft universal joints ( 3 out of 4!) a wheel bearing, and burned out electrics. We had all four shocks replaced in Zimbabwe, following which both front shock mountings disintegrated. Not sure what they did to cause that? We also had fuel tank leaks all due to unspeakable terrain. We took a couple of thousand wildlife pictures which I will spare you! These shots are: On a game count in Zimbabwe. Setting up roof tent at dusk. Prop-shaft in hand for first of many times. Beautiful giraffe. Even more beautiful kudu right by the track. Bogged down in sand in Zimbabwe. I can’t tell you how glad I was for the bush mechanic course. We really got to know and love our mobile home, but I guess most people would be taking a more reliably maintained Land Rover on such a trip. Everywhere we went we found Landy enthusiasts who saw us on our way after huge help. A great machine if looked after and an experience that set the tone for a great retirement.
Thanks guys Vic Linnemann