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'03MY L322 Petrol 114k5 miles

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  1. RichardSEL

    RichardSEL Active Member

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    Have'nt been using the Range Rover much what with the battery drain issue leading to entry problems and the neighbours twitching their a lace every time the alarm goes off. So, took the problem in hand during a bright warm winter's day and remooved the fuse to the headlight wipers, disconnected the lower tailgate light assembly, and took out the 433MHz key fob RF receiver (that dripped out water when I removed it)

    Dried it overnight, cleaned its sockets, replaced ,and the difference was immediate: using the key fob method was able to retrain the main key fob straight away. Also made sure heater motor was set to zero everytime I locked up.

    By this time I'd bought one of them charge from your USB port 1,000A crank Nova batteries from Amazon (£100 +£7.50 for overnight delivery -- don't forget to cancel that service otherwise your credit card'll get stung every month for £7.50) A really useful piece of kit saving you all the faff of tucking a spare battery and a charger under the bed just in case. And lugging it out with cardiac when needed

    Found LPG system had a 5A instead of a 15A fuse in it, so loaded up with LPG (61L) and as we were in our previous meek Level 3 Covid regime off I went to Glasgee (Jimmy) And then to the east coast: Peterhead and Stonehaven and... well I'm not giving anymore secrets away but if you've not been that way before do go. The views and countryside are stunning. And even being English didn't stop the welcomes I got.

    Three tanks of LPG and two tanks of 95RON later -- arrived back -- driving an armchair makes that distance a doddle.Especially since ther lockdown meant so much less traffic about. Hardly any Polis about either I can only remember seeing three or four motorway patrols -- and they weren't interested in me "dawdling" in the outside lane.

    Since being back It's been 10 days since switch off and lock up (two key fob lock pushes to switch off tilt sensor and atmospheric checker that's part of the anti-theft and also a quoted source of additional current drain.

    Vicki says they're good -- I'd say when the L322's good it's very very good...
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    Happy new year to all... do observe the lockdown restrictions just like I did
    (Scotland hadn't started their Level 4+ then... honest!)
     
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    gold rover Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The areas you drove through went into Tier 4 , with no non-essential travel between Scotland and England, in NOVEMBER.
    You might find you funny, and clever, I sure as hell do not! I suspect those who have caught the virus, lost family or friends to the virus, can't see loved ones because they are frontline NHS staff, or anyone else with a modicum of decency, do not find you funny or clever either. I'm sure Boris would love you as an adviser though. You , arrogant, ignorant, self-centred dickhead.
     
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    The last photo was when I hung my todger through the passenger window.:oops::eek::D
     
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    >>The areas you drove through went into Tier 4 , with no non-essential travel >>between Scotland and England, in NOVEMBER.

    Was essential. Was work related. England to Scotland. Left 23:45 19th December. Look up the relevent dates, read and weep

    Scotland's Level 4+ didn't come into effect until after Boxing Day. Two hotels, two resturaunts with service. Look up the relevent dates, read and weep

    Much as old fish face Sturgeon wants to close the border, we still have free movement "allowed" in the UK. No customs posts, no visa needed -- yet

    Scotland to England travelling home so no ban there either.

    Now in England Level 5 -- but even that's being wildly flouted with just token enforcement against organisers of raves and gambling dens. Last week heard of (because I'm part of an anti-TV "licence" group) enforcement "officers" going out and about in Croyden knocking on people's doors.
    And yesterday saw parking control "officers" patrolling residential streets in loony Lewisham.

    Lockdown? What lockdown?

    ... BTW, have you tried Milk of Magnesia? Perhaps it'll help your indigestion?
     
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    I'm only guessing your replying to the wanabee Scottish Gestapo. It will be applying to be Sturgeon's enforcer,or husband if they ever get independence :rolleyes::D I'm guessing because she's blocked by me:p:D
     
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    I guess my guess was right. ;):D
     
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    We'll have no "papiers, bitte" over here :mad:

    We'll save that for the 27 over there :¬)) that have to carry identity cards by law.
    They're now looking on at us with jealosy:rolleyes:
     
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    Welp, spoke too soon. After the Scotland trip and back when this '03MY L322 performed flawlessly (even with the now correct fuse in the LPG circuit supply line)
    Parked up, left for three days started OK then a 24 mile trip, left it for five days (ditto), then seven days (ditto).
    But now 14 days and battery's flat as a pancake (down to some 8V terminal, 12V disconnected) It flattened my Noco Booster, so got another car running and with jumper leads (13.4V terminal) it eventually started.
    Difference between the good starts times and now? It's parked pointing up the road instead of down. And there's been -3ºC temperatures, a bit of snow, and a horrible misty rain blowing around.

    Besfore I resign myself to using the battery isolator every time I switch off and carrying the Noco Boost unit around with me, does anyone else have any suggestions in addition to what I've done already?
     
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    Wrong name but still a useful bit of kit. It's called NOCO Boost Plus.
    Charges via USB lead supplied, takes about 3½ hours to re-charge via a PC's USB port (only olde PCs here so USB1) from flat.
    There's a 12V cigar to USB socket supplied, a USB out socket, and an internal LED torch too
     
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    Too short the trips between starts so wil slowly drain the battery..
     
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    Not that useful then,better get VBH over the bonnet to give you a push and I'll get behind her and give her a push,won't help you but it'll do me the power of good.:D:D:oops:
     
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    The trips were (from very flattened battery jump started)
    12 miles each way mostly A102 dual carriageway. Have
    done four of those since and have isolated battery every
    time on return home
    Each startup feels very lively after re-connecting battery,
    but this procedure does reset all the ECUs to default --
    ABS, steering, as well as air suspension.
    And puts IMMO into "Safe Mode" meaning there's
    only a short time from inserting key into IGN before
    start-up is inhibited. You have to remove key, press Lock button,
    then the Unlock button and quicky put blade back into IGN
    to start up. This is to defeat a thief that might've got in with
    a blade in the locks and then a composite key code
    generator.

    Seems these "faults" are stored so there's no point in
    getting out the diagnostic
    and clearing them for them only to return when next battery
    isolated and then re-connected again.

    Did notice this time that when I opened tailgate water came out
    but didn't notice from where, seemed that the rubber seal
    around it was carrying water on its inside -- when I squeezed
    it water came out. (no change there ;-)

    Some time back someone else reported that they'd replaced
    that seal when chasing the same battery drain issue. But nothing
    else was posted in that thread so dunno if it cured his fault

    VBH gives me a push, but it doesn't help much what with being
    an auto ;)
     
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    Best ask for a pull then.;):oops::D
     
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    Is your alternator putting out a strong enough charge maybe?
     
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    Good thoughts. But remembered that it'd be OK for three weeks without battery disconnect (longest time of non-use) in the summer with no rains and no car wash.

    So got it running, switched on all lights, air-con full blast, and found 14.8v at battery terminals at 1500rpm falling to around 13v at tickover. Even went as far as sourcing a re-built alternator. The long trips to and around Scotland gave me instant starts the following day even in the rain
     
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    Oh brilliant, just brilliant! So much for the "all-weather" bit of the "all-weather, all-terrain" slogan of a Range Rover. My car door locks are frozen solid. :confused:

    As against my other cars -- all parked in the street -- Maz QP5 '08MY (solenoid locks) hesitant but OK, Mercedes SL320 SLR '00MY (solenoid with pneumatic locks) OK

    Can't do the usual of heating up the lock blade as that's fixed solid into the plastic of the key and IMMO code generator. Have got WD40 squirted into the lock socket but no effect. So will have to either wait for better "all-weather" or buy a re-chargeable hair dryer.

    "I told you not to mess anymore with that heap". Shut yer face "Don't you speak to me like that, I'll have you back inside before you know it." Haven't you got some people to fine for being innocently out without a facemask on? "I warned you..." Ye-owwww, that stings! "Serves you right..."
     
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    Your not on your own Richard if that's any consolation. As an old guy once said when I commented about a young girls rrrrs" aye lad but their all full of sh1t:eek:;)
     
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    My door had pretty much frozen solid yesterday. The boot button needed quite a lot of force before it moved too. Still, I like the snow: very pretty.
     
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    I mentioned earlier in thread that the TV Licensing enforcers had been seen out and about in Croydon, southeast London during "lockdown". Just had a copy of the most useful FAQ that I've ever read from Martyn Lewis's Money Saving Expert newsletter. It's at:
    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/broadband-and-tv/tv-licence/

    Briefly, the 75s and over free license has gone. As has the "criminal" offence. But if you only watch catch up services you don't have to pay the license. Get a "declaration" here:
    https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/cs/no-licence-needed/about.app

    My '03MY L322 still comes up with white noise displayed when I switch to TV which is the old Band I and Band III analogue channels now switched off. There are digital to anaogue TV convertors around (or were when the switch-off happened, but I've not seen any advertised recently) If you have a more recent Landy and either watch Freeview via a DTV to analog convertor or Freeview integrated in your head unit and you have a TV license for your home then you're covered. If not then your Landy's not covered and you need to fork out for a license!

    Yes, that's right ffolks! We're going back in time to the good old, bad old days of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 and before. When a car radio needed a "license" available only from the Post Office for 7/6d. And "enforcement" was carried out by Post Office vans with large detector aerials on the top direction finding on your olde analoge set's radiation of "line hum".

    Were these "enforcement officers" uniformed?
    Of course, with a peaked cap too!

    Quick qauestion: What broadcast service was the first radio pirate?
    Quick answer: BBC. They started transmission (from the Strand in London) before The Post Office had issued them their call-sign 2LO. Previously the Marconi Company had been test broadcasting from Chelmsford (2MT)
     
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