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What have you done to your Freelander today

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Freelaner, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. Nodge68

    Nodge68 Well-Known Member

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    It was there before I did them. I actually noticed it when a turned the car round before starting the solenoid job. On the plus side. The gearbox worked faultlessly today. :)
     
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    Good news indeed. Keeping the old girl for a bit longer then?
     
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    The annoying thing was the fault was random. Sometimes it would be fine for weeks on my daily commute, but then it'll suddenly throw a wobbly for a full week. I found that I could get the fault to show it's head by driving from mine to Bodmin. Just as I pulled from the A30 to the A38, the box would slam into 1st instead of 3rd. I drove it 15 miles after putting it back together yesterday, and it behaved and has done since. So fingers crossed I've sorted it. The box is definitely nicer, now it's got some fresh fluid in it.
    For a while. But I'm thinking of moving on to the FL2 at some point, if the right one comes along.
     
  4. Karlos28

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    Bought it!

    Then found the intake hanging off and a vast array of other problems to sort!
     
  5. Nodge68

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    The FL1 is an easy car to fix, unless you want to change gearbox solenoids, which are a PITA.
     
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    Karlos28 Well-Known Member

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    The main reason I bought it! Looking forward to playing with it now!

    No, the only gearbox solenoid is (fortunately or unfortunately?) my arm..!
     
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    Thanks for that Nodge!
    Sounds like some mental preparation is in order before taking that job on.
    I'll have to do it on a weekend when I don't need to drive the Hippo to work on Monday.....just in case!o_O
     
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    That's how I approach every job on mine :D
     
  9. Avocet1

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    Well, that's another job crossed off the list! Left hand front wheel bearing now changed and I can hear the radio again. Wouldn't say it was bad, but there were scuff marks on the end of the ABS sensor!
     
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    The mot is due on my fl1 k series and I'm dreading it. Last year, I only had to replace the drop links, weld an exhaust support back on and fix the rear number plate light but it had some advisories. One was a severely corroded fuel tank cradle and another was a severely corroded brake pipe. Whilst I was under it doing the drop links and exhaust, I had a good look at the cradle and brake pipes and they looked fine to me, yes a bit rusty but still plenty of life left. Do you think the testers check previous advisories before inspecting cars?

    Col
     
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    Neither are particularly challenging, but far from quick and easy. I did my pipes 2 years ago, but I'll need to do the tank cradle for this year's MOT.
    Mine doesn't. He's just put the same advisories as last year, on the wife's BMW convertible.
     
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    Hmmmm.... I noticed my tank cradle was pretty crispy, when I was doing the diff mounts....
     
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    You can buy cradles relatively cheaply but replacing them is a fairly big job. I've replaced the plates on several Freelanders using home made plates. Some were alloy and some thin steel. I used cable ties a couple of times and home made brackets.
    Here are a few photos I took of various versions. 20151228_215658_zps3pqb7uba.jpg 20160228_130536_zpsl1c9gubw.jpg 20160502_220227.jpg 20151228_142734_zpstartcs92.jpg 20151228_142724_zpscctj7hg5.jpg 20151228_163753_zpsynxfoqwq.jpg 20151228_163812_zpswtoowpak.jpg 20151228_170051_zpsoifajacu.jpg 20151229_172415_zpskwrn2piu.jpg 20160103_134757_zpsojy80sq8.jpg 20151231_181722_zpsnsedb2nh.jpg 20160513_202423.jpg



    The hardest part was getting the old brackets off cleanly.
     
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    Today I did a bit of green laning on a local common, partly because I wanted to see how it's fared since the last time I went down it, but mostly to heat the gearbox up to see it the fault it had was fixed.

    The lane was dry, but much more eroded than the last time I went down it.

    The gearbox is behaving well. Not quite as good as I'd like, but I'm thinking the TCM needs to re-learn the parameters again.


    I also painted an EGR delete pipe, that I got recently. I'm not keen on shiny if they bring attention to themselves, so I painted it matt black.
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    I had to clean up the mounting flange on my belt sander, as the pipe protruded about 2mm from the flange face. 20190525_164104.jpg
    A quick sand and all was flat. It'll be interesting to see if the engine performance changes, once I fit it tomorrow.
     
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    Today I cleaned-up a second hand, OEM tow bar I recently acquired. Tomorrow I will try to fit it, if all goes well I'll soon be towing a trailer with boats worth over forty times the value of what's pulling it along!
     
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    Fitted the 16 inch wheels I bought for it.
    Will keep the steels for winter.
     
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    MOT on Wednesday and as post above from Colthebrummie I have replaced drop links which were adviseries last year and done everything I could see that looked dodgy; new discs, pads, greased things, but the fuel cradle needs replacing for sure. I am hoping that it will pass then do it in next few weeks. Surprised it has never been mentioned already tbh. May the gods look down favourably on my Hippo, be good not to be working on it for a day or two
     
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    Boats that cost £400?
     
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    Thanks - loving the little stiffening ribs pressed into them, by the way!

    Can you slot those in without removing the tank cradle itself?
     
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    And as I'm here....

    Today I rechecked all the transmission fluid levels after changing them yesterday, replaced the alternator and aircon pump drive belts, replaced the IRD breather pipe that was hanging loose when I got the car, and refitted my undertray.

    ...might even drive it one day...!
     
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