Land Rover servicing Darwin

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 06:51
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Hi guys/Gals,
Need a land Rover specialist in darwin, anyone know of a good one?

Replacing main engine fan after AC compressor clutch defieded to part company with my 03 Defender and take a few fins with it.

Also any wreckers in darwin specialize in landrover?

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:13

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:13
Defender,

Been following your blogs, so knew of your aircon dramas. Have done the clutch in my compressor at moment(Landcruiser ute), and waiting on a replacement.

Don't know of any dedicated Landrover workshop/wreckers, but I'd be giving Palmerston 4wd spares a ring(1800 083 000) and seeing what they have. By their website, they seem to be primarily Toyota/Nissan, but do have other makes that they are wrecking. They also have a workshop.

www.4wdspares.com.au

Bob

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Reply By: Member - Battler - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 19:14

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 19:14
Defender 110
First DO NOT go to the L/R dealer , I have a freelander 2 and suffered the dreaded diff whine 3 months ago and they still dont seem to be able to work out how to repair it even though it is a well documented problem ,a long story that ended up with the repair now being done at NT automotive repairs 8 steele st Winnellie . John the owner is very helpful and if he cant do the job he will steer you in the right direction . If you need second hand parts he will give you a contact in Townsville who specialises in L/R wrecking and delivery is less than a week ,that is the best you will get in Darwin
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 19:23

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 19:23
They must be a bunch of losers to not know how to fix that. The Freelander 2 has basically ONE known fault that usually gets fixed free under warranty no questions asked. I would be contacting LR Australia over that. Other than the diff whine, mines been trouble free for 6 years and almost 200k.
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Follow Up By: Member - Battler - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 22:20

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 22:20
Mike I did contact LRA customer relations and their answer was "what do you expect us to do about it ?". My answer to that was that "maybe they could put a rocket up their arse" . Their answer "we are not in the buisness of putting rockets anywhere" . I should have phoned the Salvos at least I would have got a bit of symphathy .
The vechicle is under the LR extended warranty and they have paid the amount for what the original pinion bearing replacment would have been, but because I was told it was ok to drive until they booked the vechicle in for repairs I am now forking out $2000 for a late model s/h diff plus labour and freight .
It has cost them a sale as I will be adding a defender 90 to the family soon but not from the Darwin dealers
Doug
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 00:30

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 00:30
They sure can test your patience. Even though the diff can get a whine going, I've never heard of one actually failing and stopping the car. As a matter of interest, I've also heard, and experienced first hand, that if they don't perform the diff bearing replacement correctly (there's a trick to it), then you can damage the Haldex unit. I don't know the details, but when mine was done, the Haldex started to do strange things almost straight away so I returned it the next day and they actually had to replace the whole Haldex. There are more details I'm sure on the freel2.com site about doing it correctly so this doesn't happen. Cheers and good luck.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 00:36

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 00:36
More details here...

"If you're going to get the diff repaired at an independent be aware that the Haldex will have to be removed to get at the diff, and there is evidence that if the Haldex is not refilled exactly according to LR's directions (which involve filling, running the Haldex pump for 5 mins, topping up, and then extracting a precise amount of fluid) then the result can be problems with the Haldex and more repairs."

I hope that helps...
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Follow Up By: Member - Battler - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 09:56

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 09:56
Mike
thank you for your advice ,I have read about the problems with the haldex on freel2 and have supplied the mechanic with the topix work sheets as well as tell him of the possibility of haldex problems( about 15 times) . I think that if the ignition is not turned on properly problems will occur ,the fob must be in and the starter pushed without the brake .
The attitude of the local dealers and LRA is the most disapointing part of all this , especialy after the excellent warranty service I got from the Geelong dealers after I had the other FL2 problem the eratic fuel gauge ,they could not help me enough , and that was after the Darwin dealers could not find the problem ,it is also very well documented in topix .
Doug
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