RangeRovers.net Forum banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Hi,
I know this site is supposed to be for people who fix their own cars, but I'm looking for some recomendations for a Range Rover mechanic in Kent to help me replace my front airsprings.
My local garage said they couldn't do it because they can't re-program the ecu afterwards.

I am equally unable to do that, and not too technically confident on my own. If I just go to the main dealer, I doubt they'll let me watch/help and I do want to learn.

I have read the sticky about good garages, but could not see one nearby.

I know some of the admins have slated people for not doing their own work, and that is fair enough. If I'm out of order asking this on this forum - then I'm really sorry.
 

·
LEGACY VENDOR
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
4,216 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Erm... Is this a P38? going by your signature of it being a '99MY 4.6, then I'll write the rest of this assuming it is correct still...

Reason I ask, is that you don't need to re-program any ECU's if you're just changing a couple of air springs... Height sensors... yes, you would probably need to re-calibrate them.

Air springs are pretty easy to swap, and can be done in an afternoon with a couple of jack and axle stands. It's a pity I'm so far away, otherwise I'd give you a hand.

I'm sure someone else will be able to help though, but take a look on this page regarding air spring replacement:

http://www.rangerovers.net/repairdetails/airsuspension/airspreplace.html

It's not that tough a job if you decide to give it a shot. :)

Cheers,
Marty
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
27,802 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

There would be no need to calibrate either. They could easily do both bags in an hour and you would be on your way with no need for any electronic equipment, plugging in or resetting IF you have no hard fault. If you have a hard fault the ECU would need to be reset.
 

·
LEGACY VENDOR
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
4,216 Posts
Sorry, I was meaning recalibration if the height sensors had been replaced.

Can be the only other thing I can think of why a mechanic would say anything about ECU programming

Sent from my S4
 

·
JACK'S GRANDAD
Joined
·
9,242 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Can be the only other thing I can think of why a mechanic would say anything about ECU programming

Sent from my S4
Because they are clueless maybe?
 

·
LEGACY VENDOR
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
4,216 Posts
I figured that went without saying!


Sent from my S4
 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Hi Marty,
Thanks mate.
Yes, I should have said - it is a P38.

I was sure the garage where wrong about an ecu; and that's why it ain't going there ..... ever!

The only reason we even talked about it is that they noted that the front airsprings looked iffy during its MOT.
 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Hi Mr Toad,

If I've understood the main site correctly - it's not a hard fault. It's what I was hoping was the problem, as the lights stop flashing as the nearside front goes over the first speed bump.
Until then she looks a bit droopy and the compressor runs almost continuosly.

Just glad I know not to trust my local grease monkeys.

I guess it's time to drink a can of "man up" and break out the 'ammer.

Thanks for the confirmation.
 

·
LEGACY VENDOR
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
4,216 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

You'd know if it was in hard fault! There would be messages on the dash, and the suspension would be on the bump stops.

Sounds like you have a leak somewhere at the front. Once you've conquered the air springs, get a compressor rebuild kit from eBay and freshen the compressor up... They wear out over time - and even faster when there's air leaks and it's working overtime!

Plenty of threads on the P38 part of the forum to do with compressor rebuilds - with pictures etc..

Best of luck!

Marty
 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Thanks Marty,

That's the plan. I had read all the stuff on the main site and forum about compressor rebuilds. I reckon I'm capable of that. Anyway 'Island 4x4' are close by so if I make a horlicks of it I can just replace it.

Found out about a Landrover garage in Dover, I'll speak to them about the airsprings. If they can do them while I wait then it'll be worth the journey. (Other end of Kent).
My friends just laughed when I talked about trying it myself. That probably tells you all you need to know about me ..... and them !!

Thanks for your help.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
27,802 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

SOunds like a good chance to silence their laughs with a good greasy rag in the pie hole. `)
 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Yes Mr Toad,

It is starting to look that way. The first landrover garage said they were too busy to do the work. (Good British service eh) and the second wanted nearly £300 which is $460 + in greenbacks just for the labour!

I'd loose a days wages myself either way, so maybe it is time to give it a try.

Thanks
 

·
Premium Member
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
568 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Go for it mate and just take your time......I found when I first gave it a go a couple of years ago....slowly,slowly,and checking as I went....all good. And as you,ve seen anyone who has a go will get endless support here.
All the best to you.
 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Thanks Daf11e

Appreciated mate!
I did ring a third garage about 80 miles away who wanted £500 for the job, but they told me that it didn't sound serious and I'd be better of ignoring it.

So I asked him if I'd be better spending my money stopping the car burning so much oil. (3 litres on a 600 mile drive!)
He said that since it had only done 128 000 miles (about 200 000 Km's) that it wasn't likely to be valve stems or rings, and a car that old wasn't worth working on anyway. "Just put some Redex in it - might help".

Sorry to spout on, but what is wrong with these people? "don't bother", "not worth it", "just ignore it until it gets worse", "too busy".
These guys are independent Land rover "specialists"!

If I can find somewhere to work on the thing I AM going to bloody do it myself!
Thanks everyone.
 

·
LEGACY VENDOR
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
4,216 Posts
My thoughts exactly!! Both of the 'Independent Land Rover Specialists' around my neck of the woods are useless too when it comes to P38's at least....

I'm trying to work on finding a place so I can do some more maintenance on my RR... I'd be happier doing the work myself, as I know I'll do it properly!!

They probably suggest leaving small issues because they know they'll become more expensive things to fix and hope that they'll get that work!!

Sent from my S4
 

·
Registered
2002-2005 Range Rover MkIII / L322
Joined
·
7 Posts
Re: Any Range Rover mechanics in Kent UK for airspring replacement?

Hi, come to my garage, we change for you airsprings for just £100, but we based in Hertfordshire, Stevenage. Regards, Saulius.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top