Repair Operation Details
What the shop manual doesn't tell you

RR at Darwin

The pages on Common Classic Range Rover Problems and Fixes, Common Range Rover P38 Problems and Fixes  and Common Mark III Range Rover Problems and Fixes cover symptoms and quick fixes for many of the things that frequently go wrong. This page is intended to cover more complex repair operations that require more detail, with tips supplementing the shop manual.


Classic                   

P38            

Mark III/L322




Classic   (1970-1995) Detailed Repair Descriptions

(Listed below are the detailed illustrated pages on the various vehicle suystems and repair operations.
For a summary of the most common symptoms, see the Common Problems and Fixes Page)

Air Conditioning & Heating
Body & Interior Trim

Body Electrics
Braking System
Computer Diagnostics & Scan Tools
Electrics: Power Distribution, Starting & Charging, Lighting
Engine Cooling
Engine Management System
Engine Mechanical
Exhaust
Fuel Delivery
Instruments & Controls
Restraint Systems
Sound System
Steering
Suspension
Transmission & Drivetrain
Wipe & Wash

More Information



Air Conditioning & Heating

Air Conditioning Compressor Replacement
Air Conditioning Conversion to R134a (Classic)


Body & Interior Trim
Body Panel Removal & Replacement
Door Panel Removal (Classic)
Headliner Repair and Replacement (All)
Replacing Fuzzy Interior Trim with Leather
Seat Upholstery Replacement
Sunroof Drain Maintenance
Tailgate Rust - Repair (Classic)

Body Electrics
Heated Seat Repair
Horn Replacement (Classic)
Seat Controls: Switch Cleaning (Classic)

Braking System
ABS Diagnostics (1990 -2002)
ABS Accumulator Replacement (P38, but Classic similar)
Brake Bleeding Shortcut (Pre-ABS Classic)
Brake Bleeding (ABS Models)

Computer Diagnostics & Scan Tools
Computer Code Scan Tools

Electrics: Power Distribution, Starting & Charging, Lighting
Alternator Symptoms, Diagnosis and Rebuild (All)
Alternator: Bosch Rebuild Procedure
Alternator: Conversion to Bosch generic alternator
Alternator: Conversion to Delco generic alternators
Battery Replacement Shortcut
Horn Replacement (Classic)
Lighting Upgrades (All)
Starter Motor Replacement (Classic)

Engine Cooling
Fan and Viscous Clutch Diagnosis and Replacement
Freeze Plug Replacement
Head Gasket Diagnosis
Head Gasket Leak Repair

Water Pump Replacement (P38)

Engine Ignition & EFI
Ignition Amplifier Module (Classic)
Ignition Mechanical Advance Mechanism (Classic)

Engine Mechanical

Diesel Engine Swap (Classic)
Engine Mount Replacement (Classic, P38)
Freeze Plug Replacement
Head Gasket Diagnosis (Classic, P38)
Head Gasket Leak Repair

Exhaust
Catalytic Converter Rattle Repair (All)
Exhaust Rattle Repairs (All)

Fuel Delivery
Fuel Pump Access, Replace, Rebuild (Classic)
Fuel Level Sender (Classic)

Instruments & Controls
Check Engine, Service Engine, &
        EFI Lights (Functions & Resetting) Classic, P38)

Gauge Pointer Lights (Classic)
Oil Light Diagnosis and Repair (Classic)

Restraint Systems

Sound System
Sound System Upgrades

Steering
Power Steering Box Adjustment
Power Steering Box Replacement/Rebuild (Classic)
 
Suspension
Air Suspension Operation, Diagnosis & Repair
Air Suspension Field Recovery
Air Suspension Disabling (P38)
Air Suspension Manual Operation
Air Suspension Re-Plumbing for Manual Pump up
Air Suspension Valve Block Repairs
Air Spring Replacement (Classic, P38)
Air Spring Replacement (Bladder Only) (Classic, P38)
Air Spring Temporary Repair with Wood Block
Air Suspension Compressor Diagnosis & Replacement (P38)

Compressor Field Repair / Temporary Rebuild
Coil Spring Replacement (Classic)
Suspension Bushing Replacement (Classic, P38)

Transmission & Drivetrain
Front Axle Outer Seal (Classic)
Transfer Case Shifter Stuck in High (Classic)
Transmission Diagnosis/Repair (Classic, P38)
Transmission Seal Replacement
Transmission Service

Wipe & Wash



P38/P38  (1995-2002) Detailed Repair Descriptions
(Listed below are the detailed illustrated pages on the various vehicle systems and repair operations.
For a summary of the most common symptoms, see the Common Problems and Fixes Page)

Alarm / Security System
Axles and Drivetrain
Body & Interior Trim
Body Electrics
Braking System
Climate Control
Diagnostics & Scan Tools
Electrics: Power Distribution, Starting & Charging, Lighting
Engine Cooling
Engine Ignition, EFI & Management System
Engine Mechanical
Exhaust
Fuel Delivery
Instruments & Controls
Restraint Systems
Sound System
Steering
Suspension
Transmission & Drivetrain
Wipe & Wash
More Information


Alarm/Security System
Alarm & Security System Operation & Diagnosis (P38)
Key/Remote Problems & Solutions
Replacing or Reprogramming the BeCM,  Key/Remote, Lockset, ECM (P38)
Ultrasonic Motion Sensor Diagnosis and Repair

Body & Interior Trim
Body Panel Removal & Replacement
Bumper Removal (Rear) (P38)
Bumper Removal (Front) (P38)
Brush Bar Installation and Removal (P38)
Center Console Side Panel Removal (P38)
Dashboard Fascia Panel Removal and Replacement (P38)
Door Lock Failure: Getting the Door Open (P38)
Door Lock Failure: Replacing the Latch (P38)
Glovebox -- Opening a Stuck Door (P38)
Headliner Repair and Replacement (All)
Radiator Grille Removal
Replacing Fuzzy Interior Trim with Leather (P38)
Sunroof Drain Maintenance

Body Electrics

Alarm System Operation & Diagnosis (P38)
BECM Operation, Diagnosis and Repair
BECM-Induced Battery Drain
Door Lock Failure: Getting the Door Open (P38)
Door Lock Failure: Replacing the Latch (P38)
Fuel Filler Lid Switch Fixes (P38)
Heated Seat Diagnosis and Repair (all models)
Heated Seat Element Repair (P38)
Heated Seats: Making the Hotter (P38)
Key/Remote Problems and Solutions (P38)
Replacement & Reprogramming of Alarm, BeCM, ECM, Remotes, Locksets

Braking System
ABS Diagnostics (1990 -2002)
ABS Accumulator Replacement (1990-2002)
Brake Bleeding (ABS Models)
Caliper Guide Pin Replacement (P38)
Pad & Rotor Removal & Replacement (P38)

Climate Control
A/C Evaporator Removal and Replacement (P38)
Climate Control Display Backlighting (P38)
Dashboard Removal (P38)
Heater Blend Motors Diagnosis and Replacement (P38)
Heater Core O-Ring Replacement (P38)
Heater Core Replacement (P38)
Heater/Ventilation/Air Conditioning Display & Control Backlighting (P38)
Plenum Air Intake Filter Replacement (P38)
Pollen Filter Replacement (P38)

Diagnostic & Scan Tools
Computer Code Scan Tools

Electrics: Power Distribution, Starting & Charging, Lighting
Alarm System Operation & Diagnosis (P38)
Alternator Symptoms, Diagnosis and Rebuild (All)
Battery Drain Problems Causes and Cures (P38)
Battery Replacement Shortcut (P38)
Fuse Box Repair (P38)

Engine Cooling
Fan and Viscous Clutch Diagnosis and Replacement
Freeze Plug Replacement
Head Gasket Diagnosis
Head Gasket Leak Repair

Radiator Replacement (P38)
Water Pump Replacement (P38)

Engine Ignition, EFI & Management System
Ignition Coil Diagnosis and Replacement (P38)

Engine Mechanical
Engine Access: Opening the Hood/Bonnet to Vertical Position
Engine Mount Replacement (Classic, P38)
Freeze Plug Replacement
Head Gasket Diagnosis (Classic, P38)
Head Gasket Leak Repair

Serpentine Belt Replacement (P38)

Exhaust
Catalytic Converter Rattle Repair (All)
Exhaust Rattle Repairs (All)
Muffler & Tailpipe/Resonator Removal, Replacement, Upgrades (P38)

Fuel Delivery
Fuel Filler Lid Switch Fixes (P38)
Fuel Pump Access, Replace, Rebuild (P38)

Instruments & Controls
Alarm System Operation & Diagnosis (P38)
Center Console Side Panel Removal (P38)
Check Engine, Service Engine, &
        EFI Lights (Functions & Resetting) (Classic, P38)

Climate Control Display Backlighting (P38)
Cruise Control Repairs (P38)
Dashboard Removal (P38)
Fascia Switch Pack Repair (P38)
Instrument Panel/Binnacle Removal (P38)
Instrument Binnacle Backlight Bulb Replacement (P38)
Message Center/Odometer Display Backlighting (P38)

Restraint Systems

Sound System
Radio Repair including LCD Backlight Replacement (P38)

Steering
Steering Box Adjustment (Classic -- P38 similar)
Steering Box Replacement /Rebuild

Suspension
Air Suspension Operation, Diagnosis and Repair (Classic, P38)
Air Suspension Field Recovery & Repair (Classic, P38)
Air Suspension Compressor Diagnosis & Replacement (P38)
Air Suspension Compressor Rebuild
Air Suspensionn Compressor Field Repair / Temporary Rebuild

Air Suspension Disabling (P38)
Air Suspension ECU and Diagnostic Cable Details
Air Suspension Fault Clearing with Notebook Computer
Air Suspension Manual Operation
Air Suspension Re-Plumbing for Manual Pump up
Air Suspension Restoring Normal Operation After Repairing Source of Fault
Air Suspension Valve Block Repairs
Air Spring Replacement (Classic, P38)
Air Spring Replacement (Bladder Only) (Classic, P38)
Air Spring Temporary Repair with Wood Block
Shock Replacement (P38)
Shock Replacement with Koni Adjustable Shocks (P38)
Suspension Bushing Replacement (Classic, P38)

Transmission & Drivetrain
Axle Hub and Bearing Repair (P38)
Transmission Diagnosis/Repair (Classic, P38)
Transmission Seal Replacement
Transmission Selector Switch Diagnosis & Repair (P38)
Transmission Service (P38)

Wipe & Wash
"Low Screen Wash Message" -- Replacing the Sensor (P38)
Windshield Washer System (P38)




Mark III/L322 (June 2002 & up) Detailed Repair Descriptions
(Listed below are the detailed illustrated pages on the various vehicle systems and repair operations.
For a summary of the most common symptoms, see the Common Problems and Fixes Page)

Body & Interior Trim
Body Electrics
Braking System
Climate Control
Computer Diagnostics & Scan Tools
Drivetrain
Electrics: Power Distribution, Starting & Charging, Lighting
Engine Cooling
Engine Management System
Engine Mechanical
Exhaust
Fuel Delivery
Instruments & Controls
Restraint Systems
Sound System
Steering
Suspension
Transmission & Drivetrain
Wipe & Wash
Wheels & Tires
More Information




Body & Interior Trim
Body Panel Removal & Replacement
Armrest Crumpled
Door Trim Removal
Headliner Repair and Replacement
Radiator Grille Removal
Sunroof Drain Maintenance
Under-Dash Access ( RR III)
Window Control Switch Panel Peeling; Removal & Replacement

Body Electrics

Braking System
Brake Bleeding

Climate Control

Computer Diagnostics & Scan Tools

Computer Code Scan Tools

Electrics: Power Distribution, Starting & Charging, Lighting
Alternator Relacement and Repair (Mk III/L322/LM)
Alternator Symptoms, Diagnosis and Rebuild (all models)
Battery Replacement Details (RR III)
Battery Replacement Shortcut (all)

Engine Cooling
Fan and Viscous Clutch Diagnosis and Replacement

Freeze Plug Replacement

Engine Ignition, EFI & Management System

Engine Mechanical
Freeze Plug Replacement
Head Gasket Diagnosis
Oil Filter Problems and Solutions (Mk III)

Exhaust
Catalytic Converter Rattle Repair
Exhaust Rattle Repairs
Muffler upgrades to improve clearance & power (Mk III)

Fuel Delivery

Instruments & Controls
Nav System upgrade to Mk IV BMW Computer (RR III)

Restraint Systems

Sound System
Entertainment System Upgrades (P38, RR III)


Steering
Official Wheel & Tire Balancing procedure (RRIII)
Steering Column Tilt Mechanism Problems and Solutions (RR III)
Steering Column Telescoping Mechanism Problems and Solutions (RR III)

Suspension
Air Suspension Description, Operation, Main Components and Failure Modes (Mk III)
Air Suspension ECU Operation and Reaction to Faults (Mk III)
Air Suspension Diagnosis and Repair of Most Common Failures (Mk III)
Air Suspension Field Recovery (P38, similar ideas for Mk III)
Air Suspension Re-Plumbing for Manual Pump up
Air Spring Replacement (Classic, P38, similar to Mk III)
Air Spring Replacement (Bladder Only) (Classic, P38, similar to Mk III Rear)
Air Spring Temporary Repair with Wood Block (P38, similar to Mk III)

Transmission & Drivetrain
Front Differential Problems and Solutions (RR III)
Front Diff Failure Emergency Field Recovery (RR III)
Custom Front Driveshaft for Permanent Cure of Front Diff Problem (RR III)
Front Diff Recall Program (RR III)
Official Wheel & Tire Balancing procedure (RRIII)

Wipe & Wash

Wheels and Tires
Official Wheel & Tire Balancing procedure (RRIII)



Other sources of info:
Andy Cunningham's P38A Maintenance and Repair pages
Rangie.com Classic repair articles
Air Suspension Problems (Classic)
ATP Electronic Developments Ltd (Remanufactured EFI parts)
BeCM Symptoms (P38) by Car Electronic Services
Coolant Renewal (Spanish Trail Rover Club)
CV Joint Replacement (Classic) Spanish Trail Rover Club
East Coast Rover (Coil spring conversions, ECU upgrades, new & rebuilt engines)
ECU/Airflow Meter Symptoms (Range Rover Register)
EFI Diagnostics and ECU rebuilding (Car Electronic Services)
Emergency Procedures (Some info from ETS Manual, from LR Club of Luxembourg)
Fuel Filter Replacement (Spanish Trail Rover Club
Great Basin Rovers (Differential gear sets)
Hub and Axle Repair Details (1990 Classic) by Greg Haugen
Import Parts Bin Usually the lowest cost parts source (click on "Rover"). See also their tech tips section.
MAD Mechanic (Motor And Diagnosis) a lot of useful diagnostic info for modern vehicles.
Rear Axle Leaks (Rovers North Tech Tip)
Robison Service (Range Rover service)
Rovers North (Parts and Service)
RPI Engineering (New and Rebuilt Rover V8 engines, 3.9 to 5.2 liters)
Service Bulletins  for Range Rovers (Listing by Alldata)
Shop Manuals available from www.books4cars.com
Tech Tips (Rovers North)
Tech Tips (Classic RR) from Atlantic British
The Care and Feeding of Range Rovers (Andy Dingley)
Wheel Bearing Maintenance (Rovers North Tech Tip)
Wheel Bearing Replacement (Spanish Trail Rover Club Technical Section)

 


 

 

 

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