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Freelander 1 1.8K lumpy start from cold.

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by PRO, Feb 1, 2020.

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  1. PRO

    PRO Active Member

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    Hi, me again.
    I've noticed lately that when I start the car from cold, there is a heavy smell of petrol around and it runs lumpy for about 30 seconds give or take. Feels like a misfire but I can't see any logged in OBD.
    Spark plugs are new (ngk iridium) and two coils are also new and genuine lr.
    No visible smoke and runs very well afterwards.
    I have very good diag any idea if I start it on what values I should look?
     
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    Actually I do have some values and errors. Says cat failure however the cat is brand new, therefore before I look into changing this quite expensive part, can a sensor cause this?


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    kermit_rr Green Member Full Member

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    Were faults cleared after the cat was replaced? The post cat o2 sensor will help decide whether the cat is working or not
     
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    They were, I check and clean faults every week and this was not there last week.
    Car is also lumpy so something is happening not just the sensor, I suspect.
     
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    kermit_rr Green Member Full Member

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    Do you have the fuel trim values?
    Is the coolant sensor reading the values you'd expect? Ie accurate value when cold?
     
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    yes it is, will check for fuel trim. Since the petrol smell, I am guessing there is fuel going in the cat.
    At this point I will be looking on the o2 sensor, map sensor, exhaust leaks or anything that causes the ecu to overfuel on cold.
    Would gladly accept any advise as well.
     
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    kermit_rr Green Member Full Member

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    Air intake leaks will cause it to over fuel too
     
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    Well yes but why it clears up after a minute puzzles me. Should be more constant to be honest...
     
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    Check temp sensor not telling porkies?
     
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    Hi Andy engine cooland or air? Does make some sense.
     
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    At this point I've replaced the remaining two coils. Symptoms are the same, nowhere near to fix.
    Temp sensors are working fine.
    I am starting to blame the o2 sensor, the pre-cat one. Any idea what values to test and how?
    Car is not losing oil or coolant, runs fine after a min. Shaking on cold start.
     
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    Alright, replaced the Upstream o2 sensor with genuine bosch one. Things did improve as there is no more petrol smell on start.
    However, still violently shakes for a minute or two.
    Now, from time to time I can also feel it kicking on idle.

    Replaced all these with genuine MG/LR parts, new:

    Upstream O2 Sensor
    All spark plugs
    All Coils
    52MM Throttle with new TPS
    IACV valve
    Air filter
    Rocker cover

    I am out of ideas at this point. Does the downstream o2 could for running or simply checks the efficiency of the cat?
     
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    That's covered pretty much everything, except the fuel delivery system. Have you checked fuel pump pressure and supply volume?
    Cat efficiency only. ;)
     
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    Indeed, did not touch the fuel system yet. I do have a new fuel filter.
    Can I check any of these with delphi? I am tempted to replace the whole pump and filter (one on tank if it's the only one) since I am removing it anyway.
    Somebody else told me it might be even the injectors... although these are quite expensive to replace. And labour intensive if I have to remove the inlet manifold for that...
    Which does bring the question if replacing injectors require removal of manifold or can be done without? Got a extremely sweet auction deal on vdo pump :) will be changed regardless.
     
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    It's quite common for the filter to clog up.
    No. You need to use a mechanical gauge on the fuel rail test point. ;)

    Yes the pump is in the tank.
    Make sure you get the correct part number, or the fuel gauge will work backwards. :eek:
     
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    microcat says WFX000210 and vdo alternative is 228-232-003-003Z (after vin 2a I think) mine is 5a.
     
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    Changed pump, not much improvement. However now for some reasons shows full tank start from time to time.
    Bit of a problem, I don't know how much fuel I have. It is intermittent.
     
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    Faulty fuel level sender which is part of pump assembly.

    Return it for replacement. Or if you think your old one was OK just return it for refund!
     
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    Maybe I did something wrong, pump came new vdo branded, unopened unused. Will check shortly
     
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    Did you get the right pump/sender for the age of your car? As fuel gauge can work in reverse with the incorrect one.

    Or the float arm maybe getting snagged in the tank
     
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