Watch Out For These Common 4×4 Mistakes

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Common Driving Mistakes Made In 4×4’s

Off-road driving can be a fun and exciting experience provided it is done with the right technique and carried out within certain guidelines. But if these instructions are avoided then it can turn into an expensive adventure. People often tend to take shortcuts, but sometimes those shortcuts and ingrained methods can make your 4×4 life more difficult in the long run.

Here are the five biggest mistakes people make when going for off-road rides:

Not Being Fully Prepared

Off-road adventures require a lot of heads-up and it takes real preparation to tackle the really rough tracks – not just simply rushing out without packing more than a few drinks. Even if you are confident in your abilities and have done it many times before, carrying a basic kit in case of emergencies is always a good idea.

It might also be useful to carry a recovery kit as well, which can help in any condition. The more you prepare yourself, the more you will be able to enjoy your 4×4 ride without being stranded and on a desperate lookout for help.

Over-packing

It is always advisable to carry necessary items such as extra clothes, food, a sufficient amount of water and a lot more. But that doesn’t mean you should bring everything and the kitchen sink just for a quick jaunt.

Make sure your 4×4 isn’t overloaded and is below the legal weight limit that can be supported safely by a vehicle. Bringing every piece of equipment and overdoing it is not required for every trip and may create the risk of losing the vehicle’s balance if you’ve got all your gear loaded on the roof or piled on the back.

Unstable conditions in off-road driving could cause your car to handle differently and put you in an unexpected and possibly dangerous situation. Apart from all the stuff you pack, make sure your recovery gear is the last thing that is being packed so that it can be easily found whenever needed.

See the European adventure packing guide from The Savvy Backpacker for more help on ideas of what to pack.

Going Too Solid

Speed is not always the key to brilliant driving, as you don’t want to go hurtling into a situation from where you can’t get out. Sometimes you need to go slow on the throttle, like when you are on the beach and have to move through ruts that are trying to push your car towards the surf.

The old cliché “slow and steady wins the race” can be literal when it comes to manoeuvring past obstacles, instead of getting stranded and charging in too forcefully. Try to plan your approach, get out and walk ahead of an obstacle rather than just stamping down on the accelerator once you find yourself in a bit of trouble, which will inevitably make it worse.

Selecting Low Quality Gear

It’s important to select quality recovery gear when heading out on an expedition. You should always ensure that you choose high quality essentials such as snatch strap or a winch for whenever you get stuck. It doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive or gold-plated items, but you must ensure that your gear is good quality and in working order.

Spending a little bit more to buy something once would be better rather than skimping on the cost and having to buy it over and over again, especially if it’s going to leave you stranded.

Going Alone

Going on an adventure on your own is not always a good idea unless you have enough experience. If you go on an off-road trip alone and unfortunately get stuck, there might be fewer chances of getting help, especially at places which do not have signals or signboards. This could leave you stranded for some time.

So, make sure you are heading out in groups so that you have a rescue vehicle in case something goes wrong. With a group or team your ability to tackle these situations increases.

Not Knowing Your Car

Before you start your ride and go off-road, you need to know what your vehicle is capable of and what it isn’t. Also, you should check whether your 4×4 has enough storage and seating capacity according so that you and other members can sit comfortably.

Properly assessing the vehicle will give you an idea of any changes that may need to be made.

Not Selecting The Right Driving Mode

Many 4-wheel drive vehicles have multiple terrain modes that should be decided based on the type of track you will be driving on. You have to select the required mode before heading towards the obstacle. Don’t try to ride the vehicle in normal mode and switch to the right mode only when you’re stuck.

Once you get stuck, switching to the correct mode will not get you out instantly. You need to make sure that you select the desired driving mode from the beginning of your journey so that you don’t face any issues.

Tyre Pressure

Tyres are the most important part of your vehicle while off-roading. You need to check air pressure and general 4×4 tyre condition before going on an adventurous ride. If you choose sandy surface for off-roading, make sure you lower your tyre pressure so that the contact area increases and the pressure is distributed over a larger surface area.

To prevent yourself from getting bogged down this step is extremely crucial. Make sure you revert back to the required tyre pressure when you are done with off-roading else it could result in a tyre blow out.

Not Maintaining Momentum

During off-roading, you have to balance your vehicle’s speed from being too slow and having constant momentum because any sudden acceleration could create issues. Possessing adequate momentum will keep things safely moving.

Having stable momentum and gradual throttle input will prevent you from getting stuck in a deep rut and also help you get out of any sticky situations.

See this guide from Lotsa Fresh Air for more tips on driving on dirt roads.

While preparing yourself for any off road adventure, you need to pay keen attention to all of the mistakes listed above, and work to avoid making them. Making the correct checks and avoiding these mistakes will help you a lot when it comes to tackling any obstacles you may face when off roading, and help make your trip enjoyable and memorable.

Heading out on any 4×4 expeditions in the near future? Or maybe just want to give your vehicle from TLC? Make sure you check out our best ever range of 4×4 parts for sale.

Nissan Navara Based SUV On The Way

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Nissan has spoken recently to the Australian media at the 2017 Tokyo motor show, Ashwani Gupta – the person behind the recently created light commercial vehicle division of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance – has dropped a big hint the new Nissan Navara-based SUV will appear in 2018 at the Beijing motor show in April.

“Nissan is extremely competent on frame-based vehicles, frame-based trucks, and frame-based SUVs, and we are going to cover each and every segment of the frame. Now when? I think you’ll have to wait a little bit longer, please wait a little bit longer to Beijing Motor Show”, Gupta said.

This is no doubt a move from Nissan to combat the ever-growing SUV forecourt. A name hasn’t been revealed for this new SUV as of yet, however, murmurs on the internet suggest it could be called the Nissan X-Terra, joining the Xterra range. and could potentially serve as the replacement for the old Nissan Pathfinder.

We are awaiting more news for this new Nissan to drop and we have reached out to Nissan themselves asking for more information so we can give you – the Milner family more information regarding this vehicle. As you can see from the image below, the new Nissan SUV looks almost identical to the NP300 Navara.

2018 nissan navara suv

What do you think of this new addition to the Nissan family? Please let us know in the comments below.

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal? – Here Are Some Quick And Easy Steps To Follow.

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal? It seems like a daunting task that may turn out to be expensive.
Never fear, here are a few things that you can check. They are really quick and easy – even if you’re not even that car savvy.

Because your tyres play such a vital role, there are some very important and specific legal requirements relating to their condition and maintenance:

  • Tyres must be inflated correctly to the vehicle manufacturer’s and the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Tyres must be free from defects which may put anyone in danger, they must also be fit for purpose.

Checking The Pressure Of Your Tyres.

First of all, tyre pressure guides can be found in a few places on your vehicle.
Most commonly it can be located on your ‘B’ pillar either on the driver’s side.
If there is no sticker on the door, you can usually find the specifications in the owner’s manual or in your fuel cap.
The correct psi is determined by the manufacturer of your vehicle and is different depending on the make and model of each vehicle.

You may need to work out your psi by doing a simple conversion from ‘bar’. The bar is most commonly displayed on the vehicles tyre pressure indicator.
Here is a simple conversion chart for you.

Bar To Psi Conversion Chart

When you locate the pressure guide on your vehicle, you will find that pressure varies depending on the weight of the load within your vehicle.  When you travel alone, the pressure needs to be different from when your vehicle is loaded with family and their luggage, hence the different recommendations.

Example:
In this picture, you can see A and B.
A recommends up to 3 passengers, and B recommends max load or towing.Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

In this next picture, we can see that your vehicles required ‘bar’ is different depending on weight in your vehicle. How many passengers you are carrying, how much luggage do they have?
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Now That Your Tyre Pressure Is Correct:

Are your tyres actually legal to be on the roads?
How much will I be fined if they are illegal?

Well, the penalty for illegal tyres is a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre. Therefore you could be faced with a £10,000 bill and 12 points if all four tyres were found to be illegal. Ouch!

Here are Milner’s quick tips to keep you from that hefty fine, or even worse – an accident!

Tread Depth and Legal Tyre Limits.

The minimum legal limit for tread depth on your tyres is 1.6mm.
On most tyres, you can find wear indicators.
There should be an arrow on the side of the tyre wall pointing to where the raised marker within the treads will be, like below.

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Alternatively, you can buy yourself a tyre depth gauge online, or in most local motor factors.
I found quite a few on eBay all reasonably priced, for the bargain price of £3.88 you can have yourself a VOSA approved gauge:

VOSA Tyre gauge

The legal limit for minimum tread depth on your tyres in the UK is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

Here is a horrendous example of illegal front tyres that we changed for a customer. This could have caused disastrous consequences:
Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

As you can see the tread is barely there and you can see the cord within the tyre.
Did you know that at a tread depth of only at 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra two car lengths (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres.

Defects:

It isn’t just tyre pressure and lack of tread that can cause an accident.
Common defects can be:

  • Lumps or egg type bulges.
  • Tears in the tyre wall, potentially caused by potholes.
  • Tears across the tyre tread.
  • Tyre cord being visible.

Hopefully, after reading this, you will be a bit more aware of tyres and tyre safety.
Safe journeys everyone.

Don’t forget Milner’s can get most makes and sizes of 4×4 tyres for a wide range of vehicles. With amazing prices like ours, why not give us a call for a quote today?
Telephone us on 01629 734411 or pop us an email to [email protected]

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How To Apply U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray

How To Apply U-POL Raptor Truck Bed

Liner Spray.

More than just a Bed Liner: U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray makes an excellent sound deadener under or inside vehicles. Waterproof material stays flexible and reduces road noise and vibration plus looks great.
It can be used over a multitude of surfaces and tintable RAPTOR can be tinted to any color of your choice, with the ability to create both smooth and textured finishes. RAPTOR is used for 4×4, automotive restoration, off-road, marine, agricultural machinery and general industry.

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U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray:

A 2-component urethane system designed for application directly to most original manufacturers’ paint finishes or any self-etching primer surface. Dries rapidly and protects against rust corrosion UV damage and extreme temperatures while resisting stains and abrasion.

U-POL Raptor Truck Bed liner

 

Durable

Provides tough mechanical damage and stain resistant surface.
Protects against rust, corrosion and extreme temperatures.

UV Resistant

Delivers the highest level of fade protection. 

Waterproof

Provides a water tight seal, keeping moisture out and eliminating the chance for rust.

Sound Deadener

Flexible and reduces noise and vibrations. 

Resistant

Resistant against fuels, hydraulic oils, animal urine, salt water and more.

QUICK & EASY TO USE

Easy as Fill-Shake-Shoot.

No spray booth required.

Dries quickly.

Can be applied with excellent adhesion across many substrates.

Can be applied with Schutz Gun, HVLP gun, roller or brush.

(The higher the pressure the smoother the finished texture will be.)

Equipment You Will Need For Application.

  • Latex or Nitrile gloves,
  • Safety glasses,
  • Particle mask or respirator,
  • Masking Tape and polythene or newspaper,
  • Tack rags,
  • Gun wash or something similar,
  • An air compressor,
  • DA (Dual action sander) or wet and dry paper.

How To Apply U-POL Raptor Bed Liner.

Surface Preparation:

  • Remove dirt and debris.
  • Clean and degrease the surface with the tack rags and gun wash.
  • Sand down the surface using 120 grit paper, until there are no more shiny parts.
  • Clean the surface once more.

Applying the U-POL Raptor Bed Liner.

  • Mix the liquids as per instructions on the box.
  • Shake the product for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and attach the Schutz gun.
  • Adjust the inlet pressure to get the desired texture.
  • Hold the gun approximately 24 inches from the surface.
  • Apply the Raptor in a sweeping motion, to obtain the build and texture that you are looking for.
  • If you are wanting to add an extra coat to add build, wait at least 60 minutes.

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Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on a vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local paint shop or body work repair.
Always follow U-Pol’s health and safety guidelines and instructions.

 

How To Use Tec4 Diesel Fuel Saver Service Kit

TEC4 Diesel Fuel Saver

Cleaning your vehicles diesel system no longer has to cost you a fortune and a trip to your local garage. Find out How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner below.

If you’ve never cleaned your diesel system before, it can be quite daunting.

That’s why we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the oil and clean your vehicles diesel system.

Diesel Fuel Saver Kit

How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner

Cleaning your diesel system & changing your oil is much simpler than many think.
Follow the steps below for a successful oil change. There are 5 key stages to changing your vehicle’s oil

How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner

First And Foremost, Preparation:

  • A Full Tank of Fuel
  • Buy Morris oil from Milner’s 
  • Buy Quality oil filter, sump plug and sump plug washer from Milner’s
  • Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner
  • Have the suitable tools & equipment: Socket set, Jack, axle stands,  Funnel & a drain pan to catch your old oil in.
  • Jack up your vehicle so you have enough access to the sump. Resting them onto the axle stands (Jacking points can be found in your owners manual)

Adding The Tec4 Oil System Cleaner:

  • Remove the oil cap from the top of your engine and add the 400ml Oil system cleaner.
  • Idle the engine for 10-15 minutes, then turn off engine.
  • Now you can start the oil drain.

Starting The Oil Drain:

  • Locate the drain plug.
  • Put drain pan under located drain plug.
  • Get your socket hook onto drain plug and turn anticlockwise (Lefty loosey and righty tighty).
  • Wait for all the oil to drain from the sump.
  • Screw in your new sump plug and sump plug washer and tighten it with your socket wrench. (remember not to over tighten)

Changing The Oil Filter:

  • Locate your oil filter and unscrew. (ensure drain pan is under the oil filter as oil may leak)
  • Where possible pre-oil the filter, use your funnel and fill with your new oil.
  • Screw on the new filter and tighten by hand.
  • Wipe down the filter and the oil sump, this way you can see if there may have been any leaks or where it is leaking from.

Adding New Oil:

  • Locate and unscrew the oil cap.
  • Place your funnel into the hole.
  • Pour in the recommended quantity of oil.
  • Screw the oil cap back on.
  • Lower the car back down off the jack stands and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Pull out the dipstick, clean it off with a rag or paper towel. Re insert dipstick and pull back out.
  • The oil should now be reading between low and high on the dipstick.

**Please make sure you dispose of your old oil responsibly, not sure where to take it? Here is a handy link, just enter your postcode: Where To Take Old Oil <—

Now For The Diesel System Cleaner:

All you need to do here is add the 400ml bottle of Diesel System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank. Simple.

How Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner Works

  • Once injected into the fuel tank, the Tec4 Diesel system cleaner gets straight to work cleaning your fuel pump.
  • As the diesel system cleaner makes its way through the fuel injector, it begins to clean and remove any contamination that has built up.
  • When it enters the chamber it atomizes into a fine gas cleaning the Inlet valves, exhaust valves & piston rings.
  • Then the product exits the combustion chamber, it cleans and removes the contamination that has built up on the lambda sensor and EGR valve.
  • All the contamination is then safely removed through the exhaust.
  • The result is a clean fuel system that is 100% efficient.

 

The Benefits Of Using Fuel Saver Service Kit:

  • The improvement in fuel economy is between 10% – 15% A saving for the average motorist of between £200 to £300 per year.
  • Cleans internal engine components and provided anti-wear protection.
  • Neutralizes harmful acid build up
  • Frees sticking valves, hydraulic valve lifters and piston rings.
  • Stabilizes cylinder compression and restores lost power.
  • Restores injector spray pattern
  • Reduces exhaust emissions
  • Promotes efficient combustion – resulting in improved fuel economy.
  • Comes with a 21-day satisfaction guarantee.

Also available for Petrol Vehicles.  Tec4 Petrol Fuel Saver Kit 

  • TEC4 Recommend to use the product on a yearly basis.

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.

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How To Reset Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator

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Own a Nissan Qashqai and need to reset your service light? If yes, you’re in the right place – Milner Off Road has got you covered.

In this post, we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can reset your service light in just a matter of seconds.

Reset Your Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator

  • If your ignition is on, turn it off and then back on
  • Press the right button next to your speedometer until you reach the settings section
  • Once you reach the settings section, keep the button pressed until a new menu appears
  • Twist the button to scroll to the “maintenance” category
  • Press the button, and scroll down to the “Service” category
  • Press the button again and scroll down to the “Reset” option
  • Once on the “Reset” option, press the button
  • Turn the ignition off, then on and your service indicator light should now be turned off.

This should turn off your service indicator.

Or you can watch the video below by Christopher Thomas.

Please note, we only advise you do this after your Nissan Qashqai has been for a service.

Why Do I Need To Reset Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator

If you have had your Nissan Qashqai serviced, then you shouldn’t need to reset your Nissan Qashqai service indicator.

However, even after you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, sometimes the light won’t always go off, often leaving you confused and debating whether or not the people you paid to service your vehicle, have actually done anything.

Well, sometimes the light can take a couple of attempts to turn it off.

So, if you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, and the light hasn’t turned off, simply follow the guide above.

Nissan Qashqai Service Intervals

We recommend you give your Nissan Qashqai a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first.

Why do we recommend giving your vehicle a full service every year?

A full service every year helps reduce the risk of your vehicle breaking down and can help maintain the value of your car.

Servicing your car regularly can also save you money at the petrol station. New air and oil filters ensure a smoother running engine – therefore giving you a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Book A Service Now

Find a reputable garage to have your Qashqai serviced today, here – https://www.nissan-aftersales.co.uk/services/book-a-service

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4×4 Driving Tips

4x4 Driving Tips

4×4 Driving Tips: The Ultimate Guide

As some of you may be new to off roading and driving a 4×4 in general, we have put together this list of 4×4 driving tips to help get you started. We have also listed some essentials to take with you when off-roading at the bottom of the page.

4×4 enthusiasts all over the world know there are few better ways of having adrenaline packed and fun times than when you’re out off roading, this is also down to the fact that 4×4’s can take you most places other vehicles can’t. So, let’s see what types of terrain you can come up against and how you should take them on.

Off Road Terrains

Trail off roading. Mainly consisting of Gravel, grass and dry dirt. This is one of the simplest and safest types of off roading and is a good choice for beginners getting used to off roading. It is also a great way of testing your 4×4’s new parts or setup to see how your vehicle handles when it’is taken off of the British roads. We must stress, if you are a beginner please don’t attempt any steep climbs, unless your vehicle has been properly prepared, or you are off roading with an expert.

Sand driving. There aren’t too many places to do this legally in the UK, so please make sure you find somewhere that is legal and safe otherwise you could get in some serious trouble. Getting traction is always one of the main difficulties when driving on sand, so one of the first things you need to do is deflate your tyres to around 15-20psi. The reason for doing this is to allow the tyres to spread more and cover more surface area, this will allow for more grip. Once you get going, make sure you don’t stop. Momentum is key when driving on loose terrain, so make sure if you only stop if you have to.

How To 4×4 in Sand

  • Maintain a steady momentum to keep you moving.
  • When driving in sand, use a low gear.
  • Low tyre pressure often works best when driving on soft and/or stony sand.
  • If your wheels begin to spin, ease off your accelerator, and slow until your tyres begin to regain traction.

Mud! Mud, can be one of the most frustrating terrains to drive on when you get stuck (which you will) the thing people do the most, is hit the loud pedal and just spin the wheels, and in most cases get themselves in more trouble. One way to prevent getting stuck in the mud is to keep moving, and if you feel like you’re beginning to get stuck, turn your wheel left and right and see where the grip is. If you do get stuck, try rocking your 4×4 back and forth, until you get enough momentum to get yourself out. Unfortunately, as many of you know this doesn’t always work, so you might have to get your friends to tow you out – all part of the fun.

How To 4×4 In Mud

  • Maintain a steady momentum to keep moving.
  • Don’t use a low gear, as this increases the chances of your wheels spinning.
  • If your wheels begin to spin, ease off your accelerator, and slow until your tyres begin to regain traction.

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Off-Roading Basics: 4×4 Driving Tips & Techniques

Understanding the basics of off-roading.

  • When driving through rough terrain, drive smoothly.
  • Ensure steering is precise.
  • Keep braking to a minimum – as alien that may sound, it’s the truth when off-roading.
  • When applying the throttle, apply it gently – you aren’t drag racing – and release it slowly. This avoids spinning your tyres.
  • Ensure you’re always in control of your 4×4.

How to overcome obstacles

  • When you’re approaching an obstacle such as a log, rocks or ditches, make sure you always have at least three wheels on the ground at all times.
  • Before taking on an obstacle, check your tyres are fully inflated.
  • When approaching a ridge, take it head on.

How to select the correct gear

ConditionsGear To Use
Sand3rd, 4th or 5th gear is often best on sandy tracks in low range.
Rocky TerrainLow range 1st gear is often best when off-roading on rocky terrain.
Soft TerrainWhen off-roading on soft terrain, low range 2nd or 3rd gear is best.
Climbing ObstaclesWhen climbing obstacles such as slopes, use the highest practical gear.
Descending ObstaclesWhen descending obstacles such as slopes, it’s often best to use low range 1st gear.
Icy TerrainWhen driving on icy terrain such as snow and ice, use the highest gear possible.
WadingWhen you’re wading, use low range 2nd gear for best results.

 

This is a rule of thumb and may depend on your vehicle.

Off Roading Essentials

Below, we have listed some essentials you must have when going out on an off-road adventure;

  1. Full tank of fuel
  2. Tow Rope
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Sat Nav or a Map
  5. Portable Air Compressor
  6. Spare Tyre and wheel changing kit
  7. Mobile Phone
  8. Water
  9. Food
  10. Shovel
  11. LED Light Bars
  12. Winch
  13. Fire Extinguishers

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