So we stopped at a filling station and I noticed an odd grinding sound on the left rear wheel when Nicky made a left full lock turn. Fearful it was a bearing we stopped at the next road side truck stop and after difficult translations we where told to drive 7kms back from where we came and look for what I could make out, a garage. It was that or 80kms to the next big town. After repeated failed attempts to gage what I should be looking for they said a mechanic would drive over.
We followed him 3kms up the road to find a conglomerate of backstreet mechanic service centres. After an hour of looking, jacking and testing it looked as if the rear differential had problems and that we may have to wait 24-48 hours for a part from Ankara, but they would first need to strip the hubs, drive shaft and differential to find the problem.
One of the garage workers had a cousin that worked at a hotel in town and that they could accommodate for a night or two.
We returned a few hours later to see what the problem was, it looked as they had not ordered the part as the problem was not visible.
Anyway, we returned the next morning where all the parts were put back and I tested it in 2D, 4LD and 4HD and it sounded fine and functioned perfectly.
We tried to ascertain what the problem was, but it seems that they checked all the parts, regreased all the internal parts and no real problem was discovered.
And 500TL’s later, I’m still not sure what actually caused the problem, but Bontus is going well??
Anyway the journey continues…