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Hello everyone hope your range rovers are running better than mine at the moment LOL. Anyways thought I’d share the “fun” I’ve been having with my range. (Hope you are picking up on my sarcasm)....

So a little over a month ago I took my car off roading and bumped the oil cooler causing coolant to spill all over and needing it replaced (see my profile if u want to know more) so I took it to a shop that was a little sketchy but they seemed nice and it was pretty much my only option being far away from home. They replace the cooler and obviously the oil and coolant. Got the car back fixed the stuck EGR valve so the car ran great. Here’s where the story starts:

Yesterday (about 1.5k miles after the cars been fixed) I decided to change the oil as I’m very particular about the oil being used in me car and I had no idea what that shop used so I went to change my oil. Now I’ve done this a million times so I’m thinking about 30 mins max and I’ll be done. Boy was I wrong... I went to drain the oil and I hit my first hiccup. The drain bolt was basically rounded off.(which was not like that b4 taking it to the shop) After much frustration I was able to get it off and drain the oil. Then I went to remove the filter. It came off ok but was more difficult than it should have been. Then I started to put on the new one. I usually just hand tightened it on there and it works perfect. This time, however, it wasdifficult to get it on. so I used a wrench. At this point was thinking it was difficult due to the oil filter cooler being just replaced. After believing it was all the way in I started the car and immediately noticed oil spraying everywhere. I turn the car off to not cause any damage. When I went to tighten the filter more it just kept spinning and spinning it wouldn’t move forward or backwards. At this point I was beyondfrustrated. I decided to throw in the towel and call a tow truck to my local shop.

The car is now at the shop and they confirmed that they too can not get the filter on or off and that the cooler needs to be replaced again. I’m beyond upset with that shop who originally replaced the cooler. Not only did they Mess up the cooler but they broke the hook release and took my engine cover.

Moral of the story: Take your car to a reputable place.
Please sent positive vibes my way that my rover will be alright LOL
 

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I don’t even trust the local Land Rover dealers any more. I have many stories of poor workmanship and poor value. They don’t appear to care about the older vehicles that come through their workshop.

If you are going to own older rovers, you need to find a good independent specialist or learn to do the work yourself. I choose to do the work on my three rivers myself these days.
 

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Ya I completely agree! I usually do most of the work myself as well but when the filter wouldn’t go on I was just so frustrated and mad at that mechanic that originally fixed it mess something up that I gave up prematurely. I may end up towing the car back to my house to fix it myself if they quote me too high of a price. I’ll be calling the original shop Monday when I get confirmation that it was nothing I did so that way I can try and get my money back for the poor repair but who knows how that will go.
 

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Ya I completely agree! I usually do most of the work myself as well but when the filter wouldn’t go on I was just so frustrated and mad at that mechanic that originally fixed it mess something up that I gave up prematurely. I may end up towing the car back to my house to fix it myself if they quote me too high of a price. I’ll be calling the original shop Monday when I get confirmation that it was nothing I did so that way I can try and get my money back for the poor repair but who knows how that will go.
So just order a new oil filter housing and put it in .. takes less than 10 minutes , two bolts and connect the hoses... the new filter housing is under $300.. running around trying to figure who messed it up plus all the towing is costing you a lot more than just fixing it.

Forget about Pursuing the “whodunnits” ...instead, just focus on ordering a new housing unit and learning from the experience .. get on with life man....
 
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