Rover SD1 Forum Snippet #6 - Emergency Tools and Spare Parts
Tools and Supplies
Toolbox with socket set,, AF/Metric Combination Spanners, Pliers, Screwdrivers, etc
Multi-meter and/or test lamp/probe
Wind up torch and portable work light
Insulated wire, assorted connectors, selection nuts/bolts and self tapping screws
Various jubilee clips of required sizes
Various cable ties, duct/insulating tape
Fuses and a set of bulbs
Tow rope and jump leads
Petrol can and water in plastic container
Engine oil and small can of WD40
Car jack and foot pump
Warning triangle and high visibility vest
Rags and socks with toes cut to protect sleeves, old sweatshirt, lightweight rainwear
Small jar/tube hand cleaner, latex gloves
Emergency breakdown cover
Spare Parts - Click Images to Enlarge
Efi ECU, temp sensor, throttle pot
Coil, Ignition amplifier, condenser
Distributor with cap and rotor arm
Good spark plugs, long HT lead, all used
Windscreen wiper arm(s) and blade
Ignition/door key secured inside front indicator
Driver’s side door-lock assembly
Steering rubber coupling
Top and bottom radiator hoses
A good used fan belt (easier to fit)
This space waits further suggestions
Question: What Emergency Tools and Spares do Rover SD1 Owners need to carry? Everyone has an opinion on this topic. So! Heads Up! Ding Ding! Oyez! Gather round and listen up!
Since my Vitesse broke down in 2007 with a faulty rotor arm (for which I luckily carried a spare), I put together a list of tools and spares that one might carry to cover most fixable eventualities.
My criteria were: Tools must be useful for routine breakdowns rather than of no use because some jobs are impractical on the roadside. A Trolley Jack might be nice but a multimeter is better.
Spares will be inexpensive and in known working order so good, used parts are fine. Fuses, bulbs, fan belt, HT lead, are very useful, whilst pistons, crank pulley, brake-cable are dead weight.
With these criteria in mind, is this a fair starting point for you to add or subtract your fancied items?
So! In a dry boot, capitalize on storage space with spare wheel stowed wrong way up so stuff goes inside the rim with other gear, all in sealed/labelled plastic bags, placed either side of the wheel.
Space under front seats is very handy for keeping sensitive items in linen bags or customized box.
Finally, consider this! Because spares must be "known good", it's prudent to have ex-working spares previously removed but not scrapped (plugs, leads, belts, etc) or S/H bits picked up in-expensively "just in case" from auto jumble/auction but checked for good condition before storing.
Whadaya think? Too much? Too little? Or just Fantasy, because Breakdown Services, "Get you home" cover is all we really need? On the other hand wouldn't any self-respecting Classic Rover SD1 enthusiast prefer independance in the first instance?
Then again, if one is prepared to study the available technical material on Fuel Supply, Ignition and Electrical bits and pieces as can be found on this site or similar places, then a minor common breakdown such as a duff Rotor Arm can be readily diagnosed and replaced long before the emergency services appear on the scene.
Please feel free to contact me with more good (or better) ideas!
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