bill van snorkle Posted October 16, 2006 Share Posted October 16, 2006 In a moment of weakness a couple of weeks ago I couldn't resist the temptation to rescue from the breakers yard,as is, and non running,a tidy shiny red 89 RangeRover Vogue, 3.5 EFi Auto with BorgWarner viscous transfercase. I have been busy with other matters and have had little time to get her running until this weekend. Checked fuel flow and pressure=OK, distributor/ignition timing =ok, removed and inspected spark plugs = appeared ok. Hooked jumper leads off my Landey ,cranked engine over for a minute or so, no cigar, wiggled a few wiring connections to various sensors around the engine, cranked engine over for anther minute or so, still no joy. Repeated all previous checks several times over but still no go. Finally decided to lash out and bought her a set of new spark plugs, and much to my surprise she fired up right away. How is it that an 8 cylinder engine can be so sensitive to spark plug condition that not a sigle one of the original 8 plugs would fire enough to start the engine ? I never change the plugs on my tired old 2 1/4 litre engine and can remove 3 of them and the engine will still fire. Unfortunately after getting the engine running and during a quick trip around the block, the ZF auto started slipping badly until I lost virtually all drive and had to engage low range to get back home. I have maintained and repaired other peoples Rangeys for years but it only occurred to me then that this combination of mechanical components go towards making what would be the most unreliable LandRover model possible. ie A fussy engine with a Lucas starter motor,that you cannot tow start because of auto transmission, that drives into a non lockable viscous coupled transfercase that from experience will not transmit drive to the remaining differential in the event of rear halfshaft failure or failure of the notoriously fragile 30 spline front inner axles, cv joints diffs etc. A more unbushworthy variant would be difficult to find. I originally hoped that the Rangey may have replaced the family Isuzu Trooper, but to add insult to injury the missus hates the ergonomics of the Rangey, so I think I might cut my losses and resell it for what I paid. Bill. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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