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Richard H



Member Since: 17 Oct 2013
Location: Chippenham
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United Kingdom 2008 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Santorini Black

Hi rnlsg,

You are quite right ... there are good dealers out there.

On another point, I recall, whilst on a motorcycle police course, the police instructor told us that it costs councils loads of money to put in place the road signs. This being so, we should take proper note of road signs ... there is a good reason they are there! Getting back to the FL2, a lovely car, I was surprised to hear that Land Rover had installed an additional earth strap to the production vehicles from 2011(?). There was ,clearly, a reason for this mod. Let me guess Rolling Eyes ... the then current 'earthing' design or materials were NOT SATISFACTORY !!!

I would have been impressed with my local dealer and or Land Rover, I they had told me about this MOD at they time of my services and visits to them to discus the issues I had in cold weather... but they did not, and should have. That is what great customer service is all about, surely.

I do hope that Land Rover and LR dealers read this site ... they might pick up a few tips! Thumbs Up

Post #315094 12th Jan 2017 11:20 am
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rnlisg



Member Since: 10 Oct 2016
Location: romney marsh kent
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Pete123



Member Since: 16 Nov 2013
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England 2008 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Zermatt Silver

At -6 I had to jump the car after it failed to start and showed HDC fault. I fitted the earth strap on a cold afternoon a couple of weeks ago, today at -3 and after sitting for three days it started without a hint of sluggishness.
A great cheap fix that I wish I would have done during the spring as I had a couple of sluggish starts last winter and didn't know what the cause was.
Get it done while you can would be my advise , thanks to this forum for making it easy to sort.

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rnlisg



Member Since: 10 Oct 2016
Location: romney marsh kent
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just had to bite the bullet and buy a new battery,mine is the original,so after six and a half years probably due for replacing.as it is a stop start model I have got an AGM type battery, 85ah with 800cca,so should do the trick,got it on ebay for £95 with a 5 year warranty also free delivery,so happy with that.

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robblue



Member Since: 10 Jan 2017
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2009 Freelander 2 TD4 S Manual Baltic Blue


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sorted£5.49 from halfords

Post #316670 1st Feb 2017 11:09 am
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rnlisg



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good price for halfrauds Wink
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Post #316687 1st Feb 2017 3:54 pm
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Richard H



Member Since: 17 Oct 2013
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United Kingdom 2008 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Santorini Black

Nice tidy job there ! Bow down

So, I'm back from the Alps for a few weeks .... whilst there my battery did the job , -1 to -7 in the mornings, so a bit warmer than before. I also took the precaution of warming the car up for 40 mins to warm up the fuel filter, since I suspected a small level of waxing. This concerned me as I had used the most expensive fuel I could find ... guaranteed to -24oc, to which I added some Bardol anti-gelling agent .... maybe I got an adverse chemical reaction! Anyway, with a warmer up engine compartment I shall do this tomorrow or over the I have no stalling or spluttering upon acceleration.

So, back in Chippenham, I have ordered a 1 metre earth braided lead, 10mm and 8.5 mm eyes online and bought from Halfords a 60 cm braided lead. One will go from the battery negative to the 10mm hole in the Haldex (?) casing and the other from the Haldex casing to the upper bolt on the starter motor. I shall do this over the weekend as we are due some bad weather, I hear!

When I pop back to the Alps .... we shall see if it all works .... Shocked

Parking rules applied!

PS . Many thanks to all of you guys and gals on this site ... much much appreciated. Bow down


Mine is the Freelander on the right, not the Disco next to it ... that start fine , but with loads of smoke Laughing




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RogB



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nice pic Thumbs Up

can I Have your ROG plate off the FL2 please Whistle Very Happy 2010 FL2 - TD4 Auto HSE Santorini Black (loving it) - and so did the LR dealer
2012 Evoque SD4 Pure Manual Santorini Black with extras - soon to be gone again most probably... watch out on autotrader and steer clear!

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Bobbyg



Member Since: 04 Dec 2016
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England 2007 Freelander 2 TD4 S Manual Indus Silver
Battary

Hi after over a 6 weeks of first time start it let me down,the day before I had used the heated screen for the first time.is the screen timed and where is the fuse and or relay for it.
Thanks Bob

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Bobbyg



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England 2007 Freelander 2 TD4 S Manual Indus Silver
Battary

Hi after over a 6 weeks of first time start it let me down,the day before I had used the heated screen for the first time.is the screen timed and where is the fuse and or relay for it.
Thanks Bob

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