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Freelander 1 newbie to freelander

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by maddaz, Oct 30, 2019.

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  1. maddaz

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    Bought a 1999 L series few weeks ago as cheap run round has lot faults but I fell in love with it 20190930_150013.jpg
     
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    List of known faults lol
    Abs n hdc lights on
    Turbo intercooler bypassed
    Airbox replaced with crappy cone
    No prop
    Rear diff knackered
    Na sure worth fixing but I like the ole thing
     
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    If the body is going to last, then why not make it a running restoration? ;)
     
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    Body is sound n underneath is good to am thinkin on doin that
     
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    I like the colour. Rumours say this engine is bullet proof.
     
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    Apparantly so bud am easily tuned its kent green I love it
     
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    Had my L Series 9 years now and still love it. Freelander's a great car and the L Series is a bullet proof engine full of "character" ;)

    Apart from servicing and belts, I think the only thing I've done to the engine is to replace the leak back pipes/hoses and to replace the EGR gasket when I took the plenum off to de-gunk it.

    Both times I've had the 3 Amigos it was the Wabco ABS modulator (shuttle valves) that had gone - replaced the modulator both times. You may find yours is that or the wheel sensors - you need to get the code read to find out - I take it along to my local Landie indie, cover their plams with a few gold coins and they read/reset them for me.

    Mine blew the IRD (transferish box) 6 years ago. I rebuilt it but removed the crown gear to drive the back axle PTO. So it is 2WD but running all the original bits (less the 1 gear). Its great as 2WD family transport and tour bus, but not so good out in the wilds :(. I do have all the gear to put it back to 4WD, but its been so reliable in 2WD, I'm hesitant to upset the apple cart!

    So my advice is to enjoy it and, as said, if you get the bug, restore the transmission bits over time.
     
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    I only have the 2 lights on in dash no one near me can read codes
     
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    Does the TC light come on when the ignition is turned on then go off?

    I don't know if that self test is controlled by the ABS ECU or the instrument pack, but if it is by the ECU then presumably the 2 lights only is valid. In which case you can have a look in the Rave Workshop Manual, its give possible reasons for errors dependent on which lights are lit. Info on downloading it here...

    https://www.landyzone.co.uk/land-rover/rave-disk-maintenance-manual.260227/

    Someone can read the codes. I'm sure there is a Land Rover dealer or indie somewhere not to far from you. I've tried out a generic handheld code reader on mine, forget which it was, it couldn't talk to the engine ECU, but it could talk to the ABS ECU - forget which it was, think it was an Autolink one.
     
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    Am 40 mile from landrover dealer and was told only hawkeye will read my hippo as its 1999
     
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    There are a couple of readers that will read it, but none that cost under £100 I believe. The Hawkeye/Lynx type readers are expensive but have lots of features, such as programming fobs etc. The iCarsoft i930 costs about £100.

    There are lots of Freelander owners, maybe you could put a thread up asking in any local to you have a code reader you could plug into your truck for a fee - or ask for advice on any garages local to you that can read Freelander codes.
     
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    Am in northern Ireland
     
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    love the colour :) will be good as the airsoft wagon ;)
    I have a plan to paint mine in olive one day ;)
     
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    Thanx bud I love it
     
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    Love that Kent Green! So period! You gotta keep it going! :D

    If the ABS and HDC lamps are on, the TC lamp should also be on, giving you the infamous "three amigos". Shame you're in Northern Ireland, as I'd happily help with the diagnostics. Chances are it'll be a wheel speed sensor, but trying to identify the faulty one can be a challenge without the diagnostic tool. Some go around measuring the static resistances of each of the sensors to give a clue - if you search the forum, you'll find the relevant threads :)
     
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    Acording to Rave (Workshop Manual - Brakes - ABS - Diagnostics), it is not possible to have the ABS & HDC lights lit without the TC light also being lit, it is not a scenario they describe. While it is possible to have just the HDC light lit, it is not possible to have just the ABS light lit, therefore it is not multiple problems causing separate lights to be lit.

    So then I would say that there is (also) a wiring fault to the TC lamp and that you should have all 3 Amigos lit - or there is a scenario that Rave does not describe.

    It all adds to the need to get the codes read!

    From my experience, I've never had sensor faults on my L Series, the problems I've had have both been with the Modulator.
     
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    New to me wheels for Betsy just nice new coat paint n tyres 20191113_115459.jpg
     
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    Nice looking tyres those, but noisy as hell on the road.
     
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    Tyres are scrap bud
     
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