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Saying Hello and is there a pheasant under the bonnet.


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As a newbie to the forum I thought I should say hello.

Just returned to the fold with a 'new to me' 2010 Defender 90 van, I used to have the same-ish model Series 3 quite a few years ago.

I'm taking it around Europe for a few months this summer and have plenty of questions lined up, especially as I have a release bearing noise to be sorted and a noise I can only describe as a pheasant shrieking when I come to a halt and switch off !!

Hi Landy people, any ideas on the pheasant noise ?

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I'm guessing the pheasant noise is the EGR valve. Mine sort of clunk - clunkety -clunks after the engine has been shut down. I understand it is a flap valve type arrangement, so could be screeching if not all well. Some people disable these valves, but on mine I have a DPF which means that would be a no-no. Mine is 2011, so not sure when the DPF was introduced - I think with the 2.2 engine.

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Ive probaly run lots over! We seem to be skidding round on the poor blighters at the moment. But no I have checked and there no birds in there. The noise, as I can best describe is is a squeeking chug chug noise and I promise Im not having a laugh. Ps what is the EGR valve... Mine is the 2.4. Thanks in advance.

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Ok ive done my research its the EGR valve going through a clean process. Im told its making the noise because its blocking and it needs sorting. Im going to grt it blanked off and the ECU adjusted unless someone tells me other wise. The grarbox is coming off to replace the release bearing and clutch plates, so ill get it all done at once. Thats my Christmas oresent then !

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EGR - Exhaust Gas Recirculation - to reduce emissions, at certain points it will open to allow some exhaust gas, perhaps with unburnt fuel, to be recirculated through the engine and be more fully burnt. As the engine shuts down, it opens and closes fully a few times to try and keep it clean. It is, I think, mounted towards the top right of the engine bay, looking from the driver's seat. They gum up, over time, with all the gunge coming out of the engine, which maybe what is squeaking with yours. You can fit a blanking plate in place of the valve and have the valve deactivated when you have a remap to avoid the issues with it.

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