Lost a Drive Flange Cap

Somewhere on a Mongolian dirt road is a perfectly good cap for a heavy duty drive flange. It seems to have unscrewed itself and fallen off!

The wheel with the missing cap - and grease falling onto the wheel
The wheel with the missing cap – and grease falling onto the wheel

It isn’t a standard Land Rover part so I’m unlikely to be able to find a replacement in Central Asia. This means ordering the replacement part and having it shipped. Fortunately, John Craddock Ltd in England are able to provide the part and send it via Fed-Ex. The part has been ordered and will be shipped to me at a hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Now it’s fingers crossed that it will get there in time.

Without the cap, dirt is getting onto/into the wheel hub (and grease is getting out)
Without the cap, dirt is getting onto/into the wheel hub (and grease is getting out)

Until the replacement part arrives, I’m trying to protect the exposed part. The first idea was to use a condom to keep the dust out and the grease in. The condom stayed on for a day’s drive but the hot grease seems to have melted a hole in it. Scrap that idea!

Condom fitted to keep the dust out - temporarily
Condom fitted to keep the dust out – temporarily

The second bodge was to zip-tie a piece of plastic from a shopping bag over the end of the drive shaft. So far, this seems to be working.

Piece of plastic bag zip-tied in place
Piece of plastic bag zip-tied in place

2 Comments

  1. Okay…. so which of you two took condoms with you on the trip? LOL!!!!!!! That would make for a great commercial…. condoms…102 uses!

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