Hose woes

The Dis­cov­ery 2 pops a hose, but only a gen­uine re­place­ment does the job

Land Rover Monthly - - Writers’ Rovers - TREVOR CUTH­BERT

In all of my years of Land Rover own­er­ship and driv­ing, break­downs – yes, I have suf­fered th­ese nu­mer­ous times over the past 20 years – never seem to hap­pen close to home. There never is an ideal time for fail­ures to hap­pen, but hun­dreds of miles from home, tow­ing a fully-laden trailer is usu­ally when it hap­pens.

One might ar­gue that a long jour­ney car­ry­ing a full load in the cabin and on the trailer is al­ways go­ing to high­light a weak spot in any Land Rover. I will never for­get the tur­bocharger fail­ure and sub­se­quent runaway en­gine on a pre­vi­ous Dis­cov­ery 2 when I was just a few miles out of Holy­head dur­ing a run down to Ashtree Land Rover with a load of De­fender bulk­heads.

An en­gine runaway is where the en­gine burns its own en­gine oil, sup­plied by the failed tur­bocharger, at max­i­mum revs un­til it im­plodes. There is usu­ally lit­tle chance of get­ting the en­gine stopped be­fore it is ru­ined. Scary stuff in­deed! I was for­tu­nate on that oc­ca­sion – I did mange to get it shut down and fol­low­ing an AA re­cov­ery down to Ashtree’s work­shops (in An­dover at that time) a re­place­ment tur­bocharger had the D2 back on the road. Other in­ci­dents have usu­ally cen­tred around cool­ing sys­tem prob­lems – coolant leaks, over­heat­ing, over­work­ing due to the load and in­cline. On th­ese trips, my AA mem­ber­ship has been in­valu­able and ab­so­lutely cru­cial. Of course, there has also been the odd flat tyre on the Land Rover and more than one trailer tyre blow-out.

Hav­ing ex­ten­sively re­built and up­graded my cur­rent Dis­cov­ery 2 I wasn’t ex­pect­ing any prob­lems on a re­cent trip down to Southamp­ton docks, with a Land Rover 127 on the trailer, and in­deed the truck per­formed valiantly through­out the long steady jour­ney to the south coast.

Af­ter an overnight at a bud­get ho­tel, it was time to get up the road to col­lect a load at Richards Chas­sis. The en­gine had hardly reached full op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­ture when there was a strange soft pop from the en­gine bay, ac­com­pa­nied by an im­me­di­ate drop in power and a plume of black smoke from the ex­haust. Al­ways an aw­ful mo­ment, and im­me­di­ately the worst is ex­pected. The power re­mained low but the smoke cleared if I kept the revs low and con­stant. I nursed the Dis­cov­ery to a layby and then had a look un­der the bon­net.

To my re­lief, I could im­me­di­ately see that the sil­i­cone hose had popped off the tur­bocharger. With tools in the back, there was no prob­lem re­fit­ting the hose and re-tight­en­ing the hose clip. But I didn’t get far be­fore it popped off again. This time I could see that the hose clip just wasn’t up to the job, as it wasn’t a gen­uine Ju­bilee clip. So where the heck was I go­ing to find a new clip on a Sun­day morn­ing, far from home?

I got on the in­ter­net on my phone to see if there was a Hal­fords nearby when I re­mem­bered some­thing, which I should have thought of im­me­di­ately. I had col­lected a pack­age of sup­plies for the work­shop, which in­cluded a top-up of my stocks of gen­uine Ju­bilee hose clips. Ex­actly what I needed!

I soon had the pack­age cut open and the cor­rect size of hose clip in my hand – and had it fit­ted in a cou­ple of min­utes.

Thank­fully there was no fur­ther in­ci­dent on the trip and the Dis­cov­ery per­formed fault­lessly all the way home.

An­other les­son learned – some­times the cheap fix­ings that come with a com­po­nent need to be sub­sti­tuted for qual­ity.

Tow­ing a trailer miles from home is when break­downs hap­pen

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