The Range Rover suf­fers from a mys­te­ri­ous stalling episode – can James track the problem down?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - JAMES TAY­LOR CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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’


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.

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