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I have an intermittant problem on my 2005 TD5 110 Defender.

Basically, when I turn the ignition on to the second position I should get an array of red lights hand brake etc and the amber lights of ECU and glow plug. The amber glow plug light goes off after a few seconds and I go to start her up (third position) engine turns over and starts correctly all warning lights go out with the obvious exception of the handbrake light.

However, occasionally the ECU and coil light do not illuminate and whilst the engine turns over it will not start. There is plenty of power in the engine. This has necessitated 2 RAC call outs. The RAC guy (who has worked on X5's a lot at BMW) suggested perhaps a loose conection in the inner fuse box or ECU issues. He also said that there might be a defective common rail fuel sensor cutting fuel to the engine and disabling the engine startup proceedure.

I took it into Landrover 'Harwoods' they had it the day started it +50 times it worked perfectly, they plugged it into the machine and the computer said the ECU was fine. They gave it back with a clean bill of health and charged me £50 for time. It let me down again two days later again.

Any ideas anyone? My previous car was a Series 2, apart from one alternator failure it never let me down. I am a bit lost with this one. If it matters it is ex white fleet MOD 'special build' allthough it all looks fairly standard to me.

Problem number 2 is the door lock buttons. When I looked back through the lease car service history I noted that the door lock buttons have been replaced. My son today managed to break the door button on the rear door. It is locked in the shut position the button literally snapped off. Is this a common problem? if so I think I will just get it unlocked and leave it without a lock. Does anyone know how I can unlock the door without taking the door card off. Thanks, Steady.

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I have an intermittant problem on my 2005 TD5 110 Defender.

Basically, when I turn the ignition on to the second position I should get an array of red lights hand brake etc and the amber lights of ECU and glow plug. The amber glow plug light goes off after a few seconds and I go to start her up (third position) engine turns over and starts correctly all warning lights go out with the obvious exception of the handbrake light.

However, occasionally the ECU and coil light do not illuminate and whilst the engine turns over it will not start. There is plenty of power in the engine. This has necessitated 2 RAC call outs. The RAC guy (who has worked on X5's a lot at BMW) suggested perhaps a loose conection in the inner fuse box or ECU issues. He also said that there might be a defective common rail fuel sensor cutting fuel to the engine and disabling the engine startup proceedure.

I took it into Landrover 'Harwoods' they had it the day started it +50 times it worked perfectly, they plugged it into the machine and the computer said the ECU was fine. They gave it back with a clean bill of health and charged me £50 for time. It let me down again two days later again.

Any ideas anyone? My previous car was a Series 2, apart from one alternator failure it never let me down. I am a bit lost with this one. If it matters it is ex white fleet MOD 'special build' allthough it all looks fairly standard to me.

Some sort of immobiliser issue? Check the behaviour of the flashing LED on the speedo when turning the car on - does it differ on occasions when the car will not start? Does the car have central locking? Does using the lock/unlock buttons on the remote have any effect? IIRC the keyfob should 'passively' de-immobilise the car when in close proximity to the ignition lock with no need to push buttons, is it on the same ring as the car key? My 2004 model works fine with no need to use the alarm buttons, just get in and turn the key.

Problem number 2 is the door lock buttons. When I looked back through the lease car service history I noted that the door lock buttons have been replaced. My son today managed to break the door button on the rear door. It is locked in the shut position the button literally snapped off. Is this a common problem? if so I think I will just get it unlocked and leave it without a lock. Does anyone know how I can unlock the door without taking the door card off. Thanks, Steady.

The button is connected to the mechanism by a metal rod. You need to get hold of this rod and pull it up in order to get the door open. A fishing expedition with a straightened out wire coat hanger should resolve the issue. :)

Chris

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Hi Steady

had same problem recently with engine management light and glow plug light traced back to a faulty relay in seat box has been ok since. the only way i could get get the lights to come on before it was sorted was to have the ignition on the 2nd position then slap the side of the seat box with my right hand the ecu and glow plug lights would suddenly appear and i was then able to turn the motor over. hope this helps as i know how frustrating this is

Zak

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