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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