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2020年9月

The motor doesn’t stop and the motor beeps even though the steps are out! Autostep sensor repair

After the sliding door is opened and the autostep protrudes, there is now a “beep” sound. The “Half Door Warning Light” was blinking on and off at the meter panel. It was obvious that some kind of trouble was going on! The autostep has a sensor inside the unit that detects overhang and retraction. I thought it might be a problem in this area. However, it was still cold and rainy in early spring, so I couldn’t get up to speed. I don’t even know where the safety circuit for the auto-step motor’s power supply is… However, the motor of Autostep turns off automatically, and the operation of Autostep can be turned on and off with a single switch, so it has been neglected for some time because it does not cause any practical problems. However, I finally got up the nerve to take down the Autostep. The cause is still the sensor switch. It felt easier to take the autostep down this time, as I’ve repaired the autostep link before. If you jack it up enough to fit your body and remove 2 connectors and 3 bolts and 2 nuts, the autostep unit comes off. If you remove the […]

Batteries are super important in the late model L400 Delica Space Gear! Electricity is the solution to all problems

This engine has been transformed into an entirely different engine by being electronically controlled. So… It’s a diesel engine, but the battery is the life! If it’s a gasoline car, the quality of the battery will change the condition of the engine, but late model 4M40 diesel engines will also vary in engine performance depending on the quality of the battery! I guess it’s no surprise since the fuel injection and various control systems are controlled by electricity. In fact, in the past, when one of the terminals on the two batteries that are attached to the car had bad contact, I thought, “What the hell? What’s up with the acceleration? Many times I felt like, “I’m not feeling so good today! Diesel engines are all OK once you start them. There was a time when it was said that it was a good idea, but not from this car. Electricity is the most important thing to a diesel engine. Beware of cold-weather vehicles that come with two batteries, only one of the two batteries may be connected! The cold-weather version of the car has two 85D26Rs connected in parallel, but there were often times when the terminals were loose […]

What’s the best headlight for the L400 Delica Space Gear, I switched to HIDs.

Currently (2018) in Japan, the law has changed a bit since this article was written, and if you use shading tubes, if the “cutoff” (the left side is slightly raised) is removed, you won’t be able to pass the inspection, so if you want to get HID, I recommend you to use domestic HIDs that don’t need shading tubes from the start. HighLow independent space gear HID is surprisingly easy The H7 low beam and H1 high beam space gears are easy to install because you just have to install a single burner for each. Plus, there’s enough space under the hood near the headlights so you don’t have much trouble installing the igniter. HID kit! Will the cheap ones break quickly? The H4 type burners don’t seem to last as long as the burners themselves switch high and low, but the single burner types that have independent high and low beams, like the Space Gear, last a little longer, even the cheap ones. The burner on the cheap kit I’m using now has lasted 4 years and the igniter is already 6 years old, but it’s OK. A burner that’s too bright will always get a complaint if it’s […]

Recommended External Shock Absorbers and Features of L400 Delica Space Gear

When I replaced the shocks on my L400 Delica Space Gear and drove it, I was like, “I didn’t know it was such a good car! I think you’ll be impressed. The most popular and powerful in the world? Bilstein. It’s the famous Bilstein, the external shock for Space Gear! The stability of the car seems to be excellent, especially when cornering and driving at high speed. The car feels lighter in the curves if the car is not tilted. Even when you turn the steering wheel, the car just feels like it’s going to sputter! You can feel a sharp cut and no centrifugal force, so driving fatigue is drastically reduced (the best feature of the hard shocks). The shaking of the car body is quite scary when you change lanes on the highway with old shock absorbers. The Bilstein will make that big body of yours go by with ease in any situation! KYB New SR Special, an evolution of the stock shock These are genuine replacement type shock absorbers from Kayaba Industry, the genuine shock manufacturer. What’s interesting is that they are cheaper than buying all 4 of the stock shocks! (^^) Stock oil damper is a […]

L400 Delica Space Gear shock absorber replacement. Tinkering with the undercarriage of a waist-high L400 Delica is a great pastime!

The L400 Delica Space Gear has a high seat position and a long stroke. Just changing the shocks on the Delica can completely change the ride quality. There are few DIYs as exciting as replacing a shock absorber on an L400. I’ve tried the stock shocks that were given to me and the used Monroe and Rancho shocks, and it was interesting to see the in-play after they were all replaced. I don’t know if there’s any DIY project that allows you to enjoy the changes in your car as much as replacing the shocks. Driving with old shocks is tiring because of the shaking of the car, and more importantly, it’s not fun to drive. When I change the shocks to new ones, I get into the car and patrol the area even though I don’t have anything to do with it (^^) Replacing the shocks on this car is not too difficult, so it might be worth a DIY challenge. Unlike struts, it’s just a simple shock replacement. If you feel like “the car is shaking a lot lately” or “the ride quality is getting worse”, you should definitely change the shocks. The best part of replacing the […]

L400 Space Gear tires and alignment are best specified by the manufacturer! The reason for this is.

Ride quality, steering feel, and tire reduction I think a lot of people have to wrack their brains over tire choice, pressure, etc. for these three things. I was one of those people. One of those? Yeah, I did. I’ve finally graduated from those worries. The alignment adjustment the other day gave me the inspiration to drive with an alignment that is closer to the stock values, and I’ve been able to adjust the tire pressure to the stock value. Front: 2.0 Rear: 1.8 to. There were only advantages. So let me talk about tire alignment, pressure, and other tire-related conditions here again. 225/80R/15 is in short supply! I guess there is no demand for this size. If you look for it, you’ll see that it’s quite scarce. Well, if you don’t have this size, I’d be fine with 30×9.5R15 or 235/75R15. Originally, this 225/80R15 was a rare size ・・・・. Is it just space gear? If you stick with this size, you may have less and less choice in the future. If you’re commuting or highway use, the vertically dug groove design is quiet. The L400 Space Gear comes with a standard [all-season] tire. It’s a tire that claims to […]

L400 Space Gear Oil Management|Is expensive oil better? Or cheap oil? Which one do you want?

Changing the oil is a bit of a hassle, but if you do it right, you can ride forever. I’ve written about how I feel about it. Spend as little money as possible and keep it in the best condition possible. If you change the expensive oil often enough, of course you’ll always get the best condition. But… I’m not willing to spend precious money in hot water on a car that is just a tool to get around. More importantly, how nice it would be if I could keep it in tip-top condition without spending a dime! I wrote down the cost of maintaining the car in order of most expensive. Fuel cost -> tires -> oil In that order, I think. This page is about that my own oil management. The 4M40 engine is nervous about oil contamination. Compared to other diesel and gasoline engines, the 4M40 diesel engine seems to react more severely to oil degradation with mechanical noise. I mean, when the oil gets dirty, it gets noisy as soon as it gets dirty. I’ve tried a lot of high quality oils and high quality oil additives, but to be frank, I don’t think there is […]

L400 Space Gear Wheel Alignment Adjustment and Working Edition

I’ll keep the current data. Always measure on a “flat surface”. If you don’t have a flat place, you can use the horizontal line of the laser marking machine and put a plywood or something on a low place to make it level. My wheel has a “hub cap”, so I shot the laser beam parallel to the car body at about 100mm from the hub cap, and measured the distance from the laser beam to the wheel on both the driver’s side and the passenger’s side. Driver’s side : 1mm out Passenger side: 3mm in TOTAL: 2 mm toe-in camber Driver’s side: 10mm negative Passenger side: 6mm negative TOTAL: 16mm Negative That’s the result! This is a completely messed up number! (especially camber) It’s no wonder the steering feel is so wrong with this one. I don’t know when I went crazy like this… Start working to achieve the specified toe and camber values of 0!   Fixing the Camber|Laying down the aluminum wheels Alignment must be adjusted with “grounded”, but it’s too small to work with when the car is normally stopped, so I jacked up the car with a garage jack and put the aluminum wheel without […]

L400 Wheel Alignment Adjustment|Riding comfort, steering feel, and road noise all improved!

You shouldn’t think, “I haven’t messed with it since I bought it, so it can’t be that crazy. Mine was crazy from the beginning. What is wheel alignment? “Wheel alignment” refers to the direction and position of the tires. With proper alignment, there is less fatigue from driving due to moderate straight-line performance and cornering performance and other steering stability. However, if the alignment is out of alignment… Since you can’t take your hands off the handlebars for a second, you get tired easily and your tires wear out on one side. In the case of space gears, premature wear and tear on the undercarriage components can also cause noise. Why do I need to check the wheel alignment? Automobiles are made so that the alignment can be adjusted originally, and they are fixed with bolts at the specified value when new, but since they are only bolted, there is a chance that they may shift with strong impacts. Furthermore, as the vehicle gets older, the spring will weaken in its ability to lift the vehicle and the height of the vehicle will be lowered. This will naturally cause the car’s suspension settings to become out of whack. “If you’ve […]

L400 Space Gear front upper arm ball joint grease up

This front upper arm ball joint is the weak point of the L400 Space Gear. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last 200,000km. If you hear a squeaking sound like a violin when turning or leaning at an intersection, it is probably because the front upper arm ball joint is worn out. It’s okay to replace them, but it costs about $50 each, and $100 for two? Well, it’s probably cheaper to grease it up before it starts making noise. When I turn the steering wheel, I hear an odd “squeak” sound. I started to hear an odd “squeaking” noise when exiting the parking lot, parking, and turning at intersections. Within a few days, the noise got louder and I thought, “Is it an air bite in the power steering pump?”. Because the power steering fluid was just short of the lower limit of the power steering fluid from the time I bought this car, so I wondered if air had gotten into the car without me knowing it. I thought. And since the noise only comes out when I move the steering wheel, I figured it was probably the power steering pump, steering shaft, rack, or something else. Venting a power steering […]