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Land Rover LR3, SUV
Apr 02, 2007 (9:55 am)
I tried to get some info on the antifreeze used in the LR3.
The owners manual specs Castrol SF LR N 2279.
Some local Land Rover Dealers said they use the Land Rover product while other said they use Dexcool by Texaco/Havaline.
According to Land Rover North America, my 2006 model came from the factory with Texaco XLC antifreeze. This has a 10 year life but they wouldn't recommend going that long. Also, according to them, the Dexcool is perfectly ok to use.
I was considering periodically (annually) testing my antifreeze for pH to see when it began to wear out, but I think instead I'll just change it at 4 or 5 years and I think I'll use the Land Rover labelled antifreeze instead of the Dexcool. When I searched the internet for Dexcool, I found references to lots of problems when using it in General Motors vehicles. Even though it is ok'd by Land Rover I think I buy the other stuff. I haven't found the Castrol product anywhere.
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#4220 of 4548 Re: A Tale and a Question [ssp1]
Apr 02, 2007 (9:59 am)
I did have soft snow over a very hard base of ice. Snow mode would have not let the wheels slip and it would have reduced engine output so it wouldn't have helped. I have tried it unsuccessfully in the past in this kind of snow.
I think the mud and ruts would have worked too. It amazes me how a different setting could make the difference between spending the afternoon hoping someone else would come by and yank me out, and just driving out like it wasn't even snowy.
#4221 of 4548 Re: A Tale and a Question [lr3maybe]
Apr 02, 2007 (10:16 am)
I am guessing in the snow mode your tires would generally have to be touching that firm surface versus having snow between the tire and the road. Which is more like a mud/ruts mode etc.
#4222 of 4548 Re: A Tale and a Question [lr3maybe]
Apr 02, 2007 (10:35 am)
Your problem is obvious. You should have stayed on the road and had your wife/husband get out of the truck to take the picture!
Why look for a complicated answer when a simple one is close at hand? I had a similar "problem" a few years back while showing my younger brother a small herd of javalina crossing the road ahead of us. He wanted to get a picture so I told him to get out and walk ahead of our RR for a better shot.
Those little pigs don't see so well but they sure have a good sense of smell. I knew they would take off through the live oak as soon as they got a whiff of city slicker. They did that but one broke from the herd and started towards my brother before veering back into the brush. He wasn't that big--the pig, that is--but that momentary look of fear mixed with bewilderment from my younger brother was priceless. We laughed all the way back to Phoenix.
#4223 of 4548 Fog lamp shields
Apr 02, 2007 (9:08 pm)
I wanted to thank, once again, the fellow owner who recommended the clear plastic film from Griot's Garage that one can apply to the somewhat exposed LR3 foglamps.
This film is thick and pliable but easy to cut and crystal clear. After removing the trim ring around the foglamp the entire lamp is exposed. You only need to cut a 10cm circular piece of film, heat it with a hair dryer to make it flexible, stick it on the face of the lamp, and then squeegee out the air bubbles. After you pop the trim ring back in place, you won't eve know it's there.
Obviously, I'm not tailgating dump trucks to see if this stuff works but I'm sure I have an extra margin of protection the next time a rock hits one of those fog lamps. Since a replacement lamp runs US$150+ in my neck of the woods, that's money well spent.
#4224 of 4548 Re: A Tale and a Question [pfolk]
Apr 03, 2007 (5:43 am)
My wife would have been happy to get out and take the picture, but the point of the picture was to photo the LR3 in the deeper snow. So I did this on purpose. Of course, once we were stuck even deeper, she wanted another photo but couldn't open her door - so I had to take it. I only mentioned this tale to educate other people about the use of the DSC switch on the dash which I had forgotten about, and the best choice of terrain response modes that may not be the one you think it is.
At any rate I learned a little more about my truck.
#4225 of 4548 Re: Fog lamp shields [pfolk]
Apr 03, 2007 (5:48 am)
That was me. You are welcome. Griot's is a great company. They might not have the lowest prices, but they have the highest quality products and great customer service. I had bought clear headlight shields from them, didn't use them for about 4 years, then found that they had separated from the adhesive backing while in storage. Griot's replaced them without a question. I also like their interior care products and they have a nice product for maintaining the black plastic bumpers and fender flares. I have no relationship with them except for being a customer. www.griotsgarage.com
#4226 of 4548 Re: Fog lamp shields [lr3maybe]
Apr 03, 2007 (5:59 am)
I bought some limited edition driving shoes from them a few years ago. Some of the most comfortable driving shoes I have ever owned.
#4227 of 4548 Re: Fog lamp shields [british_rover]
Apr 03, 2007 (6:27 am)
Would those be wellies? How stylish!
#4228 of 4548 Re: Fog lamp shields [pfolk]
Apr 03, 2007 (6:33 am)
They were made in Italy but I can't remember the name. They were a limited production run just for gringots.