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  1. Thanks Mutley, I'll do that. Top breather hose was clean but I'll check the other hoses too, Regards, LarryK
  2. Thanks RedLineMike, This evening the temperature gauge resumed behaving normally. I think that the problem may have had to do with engine oil in the loom but that's only a guess. I had the old injector loom disconnected for a few days while awaiting delivery of a new injector loom and had the red plug disconnected from the ECU at the same time and had been spraying brake cleaner into the engine loom in the hope of clearing the oil. When I installed the new injector loom a few days ago the temp gauge continued to fluctuate but I noticed this evening that it has rectified itself, maybe it took a while for the ECU to learn that a new injector loom or a new coolant temperature sender had been fitted or perhaps the engine oil has now fully worked its way out of the engine wiring loom. I'll keep an occasional check on the loom/ECU connection for further traces of oil. If any further electrical gremlins emerge I'll try your suggestion of running an earth wire from the ECU mounting plate to the battery negative terminal. Thanks for your help.
  3. On my Td5 the temperature gauge never rises very far outside the cold zone but whenever I press the accelerator pedal the needle on the gauge drops into the blue/cold zone immediately, then rises again as soon as I take my foot off the accelerator. There seems to be a direct link between the accelerator pedal and the position of the temp gauge. Since this problem manifested itself I've flushed the coolant, replaced the thermostat, installed a new coolant temperature sender and refilled and bled the cooling system but the temperature gauge is still affected by the accelerator pedal movement. I've cleaned all the battery and engine earth connections and the contacts at the temperature sender but this hasn't made any difference and the contacts looked OK before cleaning anyway. I'm thinking that there's a short somewhere or possibly an ECU glitch, electrics is not something I'm good with. I did have a small drop of engine oil in the red ECU wiring connector socket so I fitted a new injector harness and I don't think any oil got into the ECU. This temperature gauge (linked to accelerator pedal position) problem has me baffled, any insight into to the possible cause of the issue would be appreciated, it may be a short so if anyone knows if or where the accelerator pedal wiring could make contact with the temperature gauge wiring or any other reason why the temperature gauge would drop instantly on pressing the pedal and rise again as soon as the pedal is released I would be most grateful. Thanks, LarryK
  4. Thanks for all the responses. I'm not concerned about this issue anymore as it was black sludge so probably due to too many short trips and lack of a decent run. I've carefully cleaned away the sludge and will do a few longer runs and check under the rocker cover again in a few weeks.
  5. Thanks Sigi_H, I think you are probably correct, this Td5 only does short and very occasional trips. I've carefully cleaned the rocker area and will take it for a good long drive soon. Perhaps I was being overly concerned as I had never seen such a sludge build-up on any other engines. Thanks, LarryK.
  6. Looking for advice here folks. Today I removed the rocker cover on my Td5 to replace the injector loom and was disappointed to find a lot of black oil sludge stuck to everything under there. The cam looked good with no obvious wear. This Defender is only driven occasionally around a farm and does mostly short trips but once in a while it goes 50 miles or more for a spirited drive. Even though it does little mileage (as little as 1000 miles some years) the engine oil is changed annually using a good quality 10w40 oil. I don't have any coolant loss. Could this thick sludge be as a result of only very occasional driving or do you think there's a more serious underlying issue? It has been starting and driving well up to now although I've recently found engine oil at the ECU red socket, hence the replacement of the injector wiring loom. Any advice regarding the cause of the thick black sludge would be welcome and any recommendation for removing the sludge (apart from dismantling the engine) would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, LarryK.
  7. Does your temperature gauge needle fluctuate while you're driving? If so the problem could be a defective coolant temperature sender which is sending mixed messages to your ECU and the ECU thinks you have an engine overheat problem so it shuts off fuel to the injectors.
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