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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
Mar 19, 2005 (8:36 pm)
Thanks for the input. I took the leap and now am the proud owner of a 1999 Land Rover Discovery SD. After driving the beastie all day I have realized that this machine was built for me. I have never felt so completely comfortable in a vehicle. Being 6'4" I have often found myself slouching behind the wheel of our Explorer just to get a good look out the windshield. The ride of the F-150 we own also pales in comparison to the sure-footed nature of the Discovery. I'm a bear hunting guide in northern Minnesota and cannot wait to unleash this machine and take it through the swamps and logging trails on our land up here. The wife did make me promise though that no bears would ever be riding shotgun. (You never can get the smell out after they hitch a ride.)
#4076 of 5002 Climatic
Mar 21, 2005 (9:58 am)
Congratulations! It sounds like you're going to really use your truck, and you're gonna love it. If you spend much time in the muck be sure you check the fluids in your diffs and swivel balls regularly. A hot swivel (from a long drive) when doused in cold water will suck water in thru the swivel seal and contaminate the gear lube inside. If that gets contaminated and if your axle seals aren't good then the milky lube can migrate in to your differential. It's easy to check, and it doesn't cost much to keep those fresh. When refilling the swivel (make sure not to overfill) turn the wheel hard toward that side of the truck and the gear lube will pour in a lot easier.
Enjoy your beastie! -Bob
Mar 23, 2005 (6:11 am)
had 4 alternators in 120,000 mls in 96 300 TDI
Someone inthe trade says the Lucas Marelli units have weak bearings so are ther conversion brackets for Nippon Denso or other reliable Jap/German 100 amp units?
#4079 of 5002 2002 Disco II exhaust valves
Mar 23, 2005 (7:58 pm)
Is there an answer for exauhst valves "sticking"? I have an 02 Disco II and a few people have said the heads would need to be rebuilt soon due to the exhaust valves sticking. Is it carbon build up that is causing the valves to stick and would a closed loop injector cleaning system/machine would take care of it? Or is there any issue with the valves at all on an 02? Trying to figure out who's blowing smoke My Disco is running fine, no misfires or codes, etc- just don't want a 3K repair bill any time soon. Input would be great! Thanks all.
#4080 of 5002 Sticking exhaust valves
Mar 27, 2005 (10:34 pm)
You have absolutely nothing to worry about. This started with the advent of the GEMS system in 1996 and they fixed it with a new design of "carbon cutting" valve stems. I had my engine done for free by the factory... it's been redesigned since and there is nothing to worry about. A '95 could have the problem, a '97 might, lots of '96s did... nothing after that.
Cheers and enjoy your truck! -Bob
#4081 of 5002 Re: Sticking exhaust valves [nanuq]
Mar 28, 2005 (7:05 am)
I have the problem occasionally with my 96. Well it's either that, or the fact I need to get a new Catalytic Converter. But I manage to keep it in check by never buying cheap gas. Usually Shell or Chevron, and every once in awhile I get some valve cleaner and run it through. I also ran Slick 50 at around 82000 and I get the problem rarely. I am running at around 107,000 miles so far. By the way Bob, did you get the recall yet on yours for the Gas Tank? I am taking mine in this Friday. They are goping to give me a new gas tank. I am also wondering if anyone out there has installed the Borla S/S exhaust. I need to get a new one, and am thinking of going with the Borla. Supposedly gives you more HP and better gas mileage. And has a Million Mile Warranty. I wanna put it to the test.
#4082 of 5002 Gas tank???
Mar 28, 2005 (9:04 am)
I haven't heard about this one! Whassup?
#4083 of 5002 Exhuast Valves
Mar 28, 2005 (6:28 pm)
I had talked to the LR dealer- said the 4L had more valving problems than 3.9L in the older models. Whats the GEMS System?? Thanks for the input- any electrical gremlins that you guys have run into beyond the batteries?? As far as the Borla exhaust- Primo stuff. I don't know if Flowmaster has anything for LR but their sound and HP gain are usually the highest gains for the buck. Used to run on my drag car.
#4084 of 5002 Re: Gas tank??? [nanuq]
Mar 28, 2005 (11:07 pm)
I got a letter in the mail fro LR. They told me that there is a recall out on all Discoveries with plastic gas tanks. (Yeah, Yours too) Apparently they get cracks in them over time under extreme weather and off road contitions. Some might smell of fuel and even leak, depending on the extent of the cracks, so they are recalling all of them and replacing the gas tanks with steel. I go on Friday to take mine. Gonna get the belt changed and throttle body cleaned while I'm at it. After all I am over 107K.