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  1. No issues that I know to leave the handbrake off and I've done it by accident a few times! Not sure about disconnecting the battery on the D4 - I think that it can cause some issues with the electrickery but not certain. Thanks a lot for the input.
  2. That’s great advice. Thanks a lot guys.
  3. Hi. Going overseas and leaving the disco (diesel) parked in the garage for a couple of months. Anything I special I should do or should it be ok? Sorry if a bonehead question. Ta.
  4. As an addendum, I note that there is quite an audible whine on overrun too. Interestingly if I slightly pull the gear stick back a couple of mm when in 5th, the noise reduces significantly. Any replies very welcome.
  5. Hi and a happy new year to all. I have become aware of a whining noise on the td5 gearbox when in 5th. Doesn't seem to be an issue in other gears but pretty audible at around 90/100kmh. Gear selection is still smooth in all gears and doesn't jump out of gear. Is this likely to be new box job or something less (financially) significant? The disco has done 265,000 km and I changed the gearbox oil around 35k km ago.
  6. Thanks a lot guys. I'll get stuck into it as soon as the repair kit arrives from the UK.
  7. Thanks. Sounds like that might be the problem. How big a job is it to get the starter out?
  8. having a problem staring. Turn the key and it just clicks once. Flick the key once or twice and it starts normally. New battery and recent alternator replacement. Seem to have lots of battery power. Amy ideas please? Thanks.
  9. Job done but yes, a total pig. For anyone doing this anytime soon, here is my definitive 'how to guide': Before you start, protect the inside of the radiator with cardboard. 1. Disconnect battery 2. Remove fan cowl (4 screws) 3. Remove plastic/acoustic engine cover. 4. Remove fan (36mm spanner or I used mole grips and tap left with a hammer). 5. Remove auxiliary belt tensioner (15mm socket) 6. Remove tensioner (14mm socket). 7. Unbolt inter-cooler and move out of the way. 8. Disconnect 3 pipes from vacuum pump. This is a fiddle. 9. Disconnect main cable from alternator. This can be done with an extension bar through the manifold. 10. Unbolt top alternator bracket. 10mm socket. 11. Unbolt bottom alternator fixing. Inexplicably a T50 Torx bolt. Why? God only knows. 12. Pull alternator forward and upwards. With the inter-cooler removed it's a LOT easier. 13. Disconnect the plastic plug at the rear. This was an utter tw*t on my unit but good forum advice and WD40 saved the day. 14. Unbolt vacuum pump from old alternator, swap onto new unit and refit in reverse order.
  10. Thanks very much Dave. Got it off at last with the aid of WD40 and levering it off with pliers. Next issue. How the hell does the alternator come out? It's too big to fit between the engine and the radiator. I read somewhere that it's 'a bit tight'. Understatement of the year. Does the facial or have to come out as well? Why the blazes can't they give you an extra 10mm!
  11. Thanks Dave. So you're saying you squeeze it in, not pry it outwards?
  12. The black plastic one with two wires in the attached photo.
  13. Hi. I'm midway through replacing my alternator (2002 Td5) but can someone please explain how to remove the black plastic plug from the rear? I've tried squeezing it, prying it but it won't budge and I don't want to break it. Thanks.
  14. Hi. So I've just driven a round trip of 350km to a guy selling an alternator advertised as a being for a 99-04 diesel model. It's part number AMR 5425 which I think is for the Tdi and not the Td5. Can someone confirm please? Thanks.
  15. Good to know. What with the centrifuge howling like a banshee as it winds down and the air compressor rattling away like a Gatling gun it's little wonder that I can clear a car park in under 10 minutes!
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