Freelander wa­ter leak

A drib­bling man­i­fold gas­ket can over­heat your Freelander. Here’s the cure

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Martin Domoney fixes a drib­bling man­i­fold

Re­cently, the sweet smell of an­tifreeze has started waft­ing into the LRO Freelander. The temp gauge hasn’t risen any higher than usual, but the coolant level has dipped slightly in the reser­voir. We have a leak on our hands.

An peek in­side the en­gine bay doesn’t yield any­thing ob­vi­ous, but the smell is def­i­nitely there. I re­mem­bered there be­ing a Land Rover tech­ni­cal bul­letin re­gard­ing the in­let man­i­fold gas­kets seep­ing wa­ter out on early 1.8s… and, sure enough, there’s the leak!

That 1999 bul­letin de­scribes re­plac­ing the in­let man­i­fold’s fix­ing studs and nuts too. Our Freelander falls within the VIN range for this mod­i­fi­ca­tion, but it’s highly un­likely the fix­ings are the old, faulty type – so we’re leav­ing them alone. With­out do­ing a lot of dig­ging around there’s no way to prove this; but if the studs and nuts haven’t failed in 20 years they’re prob­a­bly okay. We’ll just re­place the gas­ket.

One thing to note is that the gas­ket is sup­posed to be an im­proved style; and many own­ers have noted that the later gas­kets are green rather than black. When our one turned up, or­dered to the part num­ber given in the bul­letin, it was black. We’ll check for any dif­fer­ences be­tween the parts when we get the in­let man­i­fold off, but it’s un­likely there are any of the old pre-im­prove­ment gas­kets left in cir­cu­la­tion, so it’s prob­a­bly just a change in man­u­fac­tur­ing. Any­way, let’s crack on.

Meet Martin, mas­ter man­i­fold man

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