UN­DER­SIDE

Land Rover Monthly - - LRM Technical -

AF­TER RE­MOV­ING the en­gine and trans­mis­sion un­der trays, we first drain the en­gine oil. This job is al­ways done early in the ser­vice be­cause it’s most ef­fi­cient to drain the en­gine oil while it is still hot, when it will be less vis­cous and thus drain more quickly and com­pletely. But we wear gloves and take care to avoid the hot fluid as it is re­leased. We’re us­ing a professional oil drain­ing ves­sel here, oth­er­wise it’s im­por­tant to be sure a suit­ably large con­tainer is avail­able to col­lect the oil and trans­port it safely to a waste dis­posal site. While the en­gine oil is drain­ing, we progress with all the other un­der­side jobs and checks.

The fuel fil­ter shown here is on an early model. On later mod­els a smaller fil­ter is lo­cated on the top of the gear­box cross­mem­ber, right hand side.

When check­ing the steer­ing tie rod ends, if an M12 nut is fit­ted, a torque wrench is used to con­firm tight­ness is 76 Nm. This does not ap­ply to ve­hi­cles fit­ted with larger M14 nuts.

The condition of the sus­pen­sion bushes is crit­i­cal to good ride and han­dling qual­i­ties. They need to be in­spected care­fully for de­lam­i­na­tion, splits, and leak­age from fluid-filled hy­draulic bushes. The en­gine and trans­mis­sion un­der­trays need to be un­bolted and re­moved to drain the en­gine oil and check lev­els and the fuel fil­ter.

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