FIX IT YOURSELF!
The Range Rover suffers from a mysterious stalling episode – can James track the problem down?
OWNED SINCE July 2014 MILEAGE SINCE LAST REPORT About 450 TOTAL MILEAGE 100,040 LATEST COSTS £36 ’I wondered if some dirt had been dragged through the fuel system’
1992 RANGE ROVER VOGUE SE
The Range Rover has been back with me for about six months now, and I have been piling on the miles. I still think it’s lovely to drive, although the more I drive it, the more I think that something has to be done about the wind noise. It always was a problem – apparently police patrol crews used to complain that they couldn’t hear each other talking when belting down the motorway at 70mph-plus in a Range Rover.
Such minor foibles can perhaps be forgiven. However, one apparently minor foible became a more major one a couple of months ago, and persuaded me to leave the Range Rover in the garage until I’d managed to sort it out.
That foible was a tendency to stall when braking to a halt or when doing parking-speed manoeuvres and repeatedly shifting between Drive and Reverse. It was extremely annoying – especially when the problem slowly got worse and the engine ended up refusing to restart for anything up to 15 minutes or so. Range Rovers are heavy things to push! Well, the little brain went into action. My first thought was that there might be a fuel delivery problem, not least because there had been one episode where the engine had stuttered on about three cylinders (it has eight) as I pulled out of a roundabout taken fast enough to induce some body roll. As the Range Rover had been off the road for a long time before being recommissioned, I started to wonder if some dirt might have been dragged through the fuel system.
More thinking, and a bit of discussion with some mates, suggested that it probably wasn’t that. The refusal to re-start for 15 minutes suggested something was getting warm and needed time to cool down. I began to think about electrical problems, and eventually wondered if the coil might be breaking down as it warmed up.
A new coil, even a genuine Bosch one, was only £36 and a few pennies from my local motor factor, so I thought it was worth a go. It would be cheaper than an hour’s diagnostics from a specialist, anyway, and it might just work. So I invested the money, plus about 15 minutes to swap the old coil for the new one, and the problem hasn’t recurred since.
Am I tempting fate by putting that in print? Only time will tell, but I’m quietly confident that I might have got it right. And, of course, there’s a great deal of satisfaction in fixing a problem yourself – however small it may be – rather than automatically going to a local specialist!
Range Rover racks up the miles as James continues with a lengthy mechanical shakedown following its two-year restoration.
What a difference a coil makes... James hopes.
Door gaps and wind noise are standard Range Rover problems. James has experimented by sticking door seal in the gap. it seems to have cut the noise.