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Am I a bit strange?

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Flying Scotsman!, Jul 10, 2017.

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  1. Flying Scotsman!

    Flying Scotsman! Active Member

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    On advice from others on here I've ordered a new expansion bottle.
    It will be here in a couple of days.
    I am truly looking forward to fitting it at the weekend! I mean REALLY looking forward to tinkering with the beast!
    Everything I've done so far has been very easy. Even resealing the exahaust system for the third time!
    It's just such a change from other cars with no room to work, stupid special fixings that break and special tools needed.
    The hippo is like the good old days where you could fix everything on a car without needing a bloody computer and a degree in engineering!
    Am I strange because I like tinkering and working on the Hippo?
     
  2. GrumpyGel

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    lol - absolutely not - but be VERY careful what you wish for.

    Mine failed its WOF (MOT) a couple of week ago on the engine mount. Like you, great I thought, its gone wrong at last! I can get out there and tinker with it.

    And tinker I did - had a great weekend doing quite a fundamental job releasing the engine from its constraints and supporting it while I replaced important bits. As you say, it was great - everything easy to work on, loads of space, all the bolts came off good and easy, and everything went according to the manual. Splendid. Even did some other maintenancy type things and feeling chuffed with a weekend well spent.

    Almost sad that the car doesn't go wrong more often so I could have more fun weekends like that.

    Well roll on Friday when the cars security computer throws a wobbly, immobilises the car and I'm beginning to regret those thoughts. Fixed that on Saturday quite easily, and chuffed - just for it to to then actually fail to start - not immobilised but won't turn over. Bit of tinkering on Sunday and I'm sure its "just" the starter motor, but got an auto electrician coming round tomorrow just to confirm my thoughts before I start splashing to much cash on parts.

    So..... be careful what you wish for :)
     
  3. Flying Scotsman!

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    Oh Im not wishing!
    I'm just not depressed if something needs doing!
     
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    It'll only be the solenoid contacts GG. Cheap and easy to change yourself;)
     
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    It does sound like the solenoid is engaging Nodge, but the motor not turning. Had an auto electrician round today and he said its the contacts - but I got the impression its the ones in the motor.

    What ever, I'm getting a new Delco unit anyway which he is supplying at a good price. I hope Delco are good parts!
     
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    I enjoy having a list of bits to tinker with, have spent what the car cost me in parts now but it's largely been for mechanical restoration rather than anything really needing doing. Hopefully the old D1 will be around for many years to come, despite having a new focus st as my main car I find the disco much more entertaining to bimble around in!
     
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    The cotactors burn in the solenoid. This gives a click, but no motor run. It's a common problem on the Diesel and V6 due to the high currents involved. The solenoid plunger and contacts are available for under 1/4 the price of the complete starter. ;)

    I actually keep a spare plunger set in my spares box, just in case.
     
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