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If I may make so bold, IMHO those wheels would look better with a contrasting centre cap, red, black, green . . . They look a bit bland, to my eye, with those matching silver caps.
(Sorry Dave. :unsure: )
 

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Shiny bits arrived this morning so this afternoons job is to get the car back on the road!

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That’s the Range Rover finished.

The worst bit of the whole job was the shock absorber mounting bolts. They were seized solid to the hub. Freeing them off took longer then the actual job of changing the struts did.

Both of the original struts were dated December 2006 so were definitely the originals to the car.

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There’s a chunk of metal on the top of the strut that acts as a damper according to the workshop manual. On the drivers side strut it was seized so once the strut was off I cut the air bag open so I could grip the strut with a pair of molegrips. I noticed that the drivers side airbag had a big puddle of oil in it… The outside of the bag was totally dry though, you’d never know it had burst.

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When you press the shock absorber it just collapsed. I noticed recently that it seemed a bit harsh on a couple of bumps, this is probably why.

I cut the passengers side one open and it was dry. This was the one that burst. As you’d only ever change them in pairs, I’m glad it did now as it means the drivers side is now right.

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The car is now back together, I’ve checked all the unions on the air bags with soapy water and they seem air tight but I’ve left the car in the workshop with the suspension on it’s highest setting and the battery disconnected over night to make sure it stays level. If it does, then I’d call it another job jobbed :)
 

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It’s another Range Rover (P38 this time) 🙈 That one is a 2002 4.6 Vogue SE.

It’s just had a new air con condenser hence there’s no front end on it. The next job on that is to remove the dashboard to replace a leaking heater matrix.
 

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😂 Sounds about right!

There’s an old saying “Land Rover - proudly turning owners into mechanics since 1947”

That’s quite appropriate for me as most of the cars I’ve had which have required spannering have been Land Rovers 😂
 
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We had a '73 Landrover (still on the road somewhere) and as part of the purchase deal my mum went on a maintainance course at Solihull. Came in useful too when the timing needed adjusting to cope with Turkish petrol.
 

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Went into the workshop this morning and the car was still nice and level at full height so I tidied up and put things away so I could get the car out.

I then remembered that I hadn't fitted the new side repeaters that had arrived from Duckworths. One of them looked manky and couldn't be cleaned as it was internally and the drivers side one had started to let water in so it was half full of water. They now look nice and clean on the shiny black wing. :)

We then took it for a drive...

Wow, that work has really paid off. The difference in the way the car drives is incredible. It's so much more composed on the road and the way it rides the bumps is now superb.

This one has never felt quite as nice as my last Supercharged Range Rover did but this suspension work I've done on it this week has changed that. It's now easily as good as the other one. The lad who refurbished the wheels hadn't got the balancing on them quite right so there was a bit of a shake at 70 on the motorway. I went back home, rebalanced the wheels and took it for another run and am pleased to report that the wobble has gone.

I'm a happy Range Rover owner this weekend! :)

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Rather then having these scattered around the “What did you do today“ thread I thought I’d put them all in one place.

4th Jan

New toy arrived today. It was delivered to me as it had a misfire. I also didn’t fancy trailer it 250 miles and trying to cross into England when Wee Nippy it claiming she’s shut the border.

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I spoke to the seller who said that his LR specialist had diagnosed a misfire on one cylinder but refused to work on the car due to it having LPG. The LPG specialist had told him that it would be valve seat recession and it would cost him 3-4 grand so the car was placed on eBay.

A deal was done that saw me purchasing the car for a third of the price of a running one, I paid £287 for it to be delivered and this afternoon had a rummage. I read the fault codes and found a misfire logged for cylinder 1. I whipped the covers off the coils and instantly saw the problem.





Whilst playing guess the fault on eBay last week I found a used coil for £10 that I thought might help diagnose the fault. Thankfully it was delivered on New Years Eve so it was promptly fitted and the car is purring on all 8 again.

I now have a very tidy Supercharged Range Rover and enough change from 3 grand for a night away and a nice meal.

I’m going to give it a full service now, rebuild the Supercharger, and de-pimp it before getting the paint corrected. Should be a decent enough winter bus.

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I guess it escalated touch from the £10 coil?😀

It’s been a great thread to follow & you have my respect for your perseverance despite the unrelenting obstacles the vehicle has put in your way.
 

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The £10 coil got it driving again but it’s been a car that’s only ever had the essentials done to it so I’ve been overcoming that.

It‘s just about where I want it now though thankfully.

I’ve got a car I like out of it and it’s kept me occupied 😁
 
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Back in February I changed the wipers for a set of HQ flat blades from eBay and was never impressed with them. Fast forward 9 months and they’re useless. Unfortunately I misplaced the plastic adapters that I removed from the wiper arms so I couldn’t fit normal blades back to the arms. Irritating as it was, I used it as an excuse to get rid of the rusty spots on my original wiper arms.

Around £100 later, thanks to Rob @ Duckworths Land Rover, the rust has gone! 😁

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After fitting a set of Bosch 808 wiper blades to the new arms, I’m pleased to report that the silent wipers of the RR have been restored and the arms look nice through the screen again. That rusty patch where the arm pivots was right in front of my eyes and irritated me every time I saw it. 🙈 At least now it’s gone!

I’m hoping (or rather my wallet is!) that this might be the last update on this thread for a few weeks/months now! 😂

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I’m hoping (or rather my wallet is!) that this might be the last update on this thread for a few weeks/months now! 😂
You know it won't be 😂
I'm with you on replacing the wiper arms, aesthetically displeasing bits on an otherwise superb looking car would bug me too.
 
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For what they are, that’s a shocking price.
 

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They are but they do tidy up a bit I look at every time I’m in the car.

The passengers one was around 45 quid and the drivers one with the spoiler was around 65 quid.

I‘m not telling the wife what they cost… I guarantee she’ll not even notice they’ve been changed. 🙈
 

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Surprised you just didn’t paint the old ones.


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I was planning to originally but you need to remove part of the arm to fit the flat blades. Only HQ make flat blades for the L322 and they’re crap so I needed the bits I’d removed. I can’t find them and think I threw them out with the old blades when I took them off.

Unfortunately, they aren’t available separately from Land Rover so I had to buy the new arms to get them. 😩

Just another expensive lesson that tidying the workshop is a bad idea!
 
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