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Hi everyone! I recently bought my first Range Rover and could really use some advice... I have a 1995 Range Rover SE. So far the issues that I have are... 1) "alarm fault" on screen when turning ignition switch off. 2) "transfer neutral" on screen when turning ignition switch on. 3) The vehicle is very bouncy. Upon further inspection, I noticed that the air springs have been replaced with coils. I have no idea if these are the correct springs but I am skeptical due to the poor handling of the vehicle. Advice about coil vs air would be appreciated. I wonder what else in the EAS system has been tampered with ans what it would cost to rectify... 4) The temp guage randomly goes up to near overheat range... When I turn the heater/vent blower motor on, the needle rises to near overheat every time. However, the engine temp is only 180-190F... 5) Moon/sun roof is inoperative.
6) Almost all interior plastic is very brittle and will crack/crumble at a any slight bump. 7) CD player mag is missing from changer... Well that's a start. There's more but I don't want to overwhelm anyone/myself. The vehicle is in good shape to look at and has 79,000 miles. Runs great. Any advice/info would be greatly appreciated! Also I really could use some wiring diagrams... Thanks so much and I'm glad to have found this forum!
 

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alohamike -

Welcome to the forum! You should fill out your profile so we know where you are :)

First thing I would do is download RAVE for your vehicle (search google for "Green-Oval RAVE")

Then I would recommend you search through the "problems and fixes" section on the rangerovers.net home page a lot of your questions can be answered there. Also try the search feature of the forum

1) the alarm fault may be caused by the ultrasonic sensor (http://rangerovers.net/repairdetails/becm/alarm.html)

2) Transfer neutral can be cause by a fuse in the #11 spot if memory serves

3-7) search!

Good luck and welcome to the world of Range Rover!
 

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The gauge going into the red is due to a bad ground and possibly a bad/ too small of a battery. Mine had the issue, replacing the ground definitely helped, but it still does it from time to time. I plan on installing a second ground or replacing my small battery with something that has a bit more power. I know another guy in CDA that owns a P38, he might be willing to help you.
 

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alohamike -

Welcome to the forum! You should fill out your profile so we know where you are :)

First thing I would do is download RAVE for your vehicle (search google for "Green-Oval RAVE")

Then I would recommend you search through the "problems and fixes" section on the rangerovers.net home page a lot of your questions can be answered there. Also try the search feature of the forum

1) the alarm fault may be caused by the ultrasonic sensor (http://rangerovers.net/repairdetails/becm/alarm.html)

2) Transfer neutral can be cause by a fuse in the #11 spot if memory serves

3-7) search!

Good luck and welcome to the world of Range Rover![/quote

If I remove the fuse as you mentioned the gear marker lights blink and the computer says shift to neutral or something...
 

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Hey everyone thanks for the warm welcome and the advice. I hope that with your help I can really make something out of this troublesome rover! I think I might like it once I get the bugs worked out. :pray:
 

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The gauge going into the red is due to a bad ground and possibly a bad/ too small of a battery. Mine had the issue, replacing the ground definitely helped, but it still does it from time to time. I plan on installing a second ground or replacing my small battery with something that has a bit more power. I know another guy in CDA that owns a P38, he might be willing to help you.
I think the battery is good but what about a weak alternator? Would a weak alternator cause the temp gauge to go up when an electrical draw such as heater fans is introduced?
 

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If I remove the fuse as you mentioned the gear marker lights blink and the computer says shift to neutral or something...
Procedure to remove from transfer neutral is along the lines of:

1)Make sure the starter switch is off, 2) remove the fuse, 3) turn the starter switch on. It should shift in to high or low depending where your shifter is.

If it does not, there could be some other problems (transfer case motor) but im sure someone with more knowledge on the subject will chime in on the issue

$300 sounds like a pretty good deal, how many miles?
 

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Hey Mike, welcome to the forum, if you send me a ticket to your place and put me up while I'm there I won't charge you for my time and I promise to have everything fixed within 6 month's. :dance:
 

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Can I hold the trouble light while you do the repair? `) . btw aloa welcome to the site
 

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$300 sounds about right for the work you will have to put into it. But when your done it will be a great deal on your end and a great truck in HI!

From my experience with new coil springs are wonderful and no difference from my air springs when they worked.

I initially thought your springs were giving you a rough ride due to high miles but that is not the case, maybe they are just old. Get some new springs from:

http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/coil-spring ... p-259.html

Free shipping and $329.99 GBP to USD is about $510 currently. This will improve your ride, if it still feels rough then get new tires if your tread is low.

Good luck with everything else, there are some impressively helpful people on this board that have already gone there the many common fixes.
 

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upboardin said:
alohamike said:
If I remove the fuse as you mentioned the gear marker lights blink and the computer says shift to neutral or something...
Procedure to remove from transfer neutral is along the lines of:

1)Make sure the starter switch is off, 2) remove the fuse, 3) turn the starter switch on. It should shift in to high or low depending where your shifter is.

If it does not, there could be some other problems (transfer case motor) but im sure someone with more knowledge on the subject will chime in on the issue

$300 sounds like a pretty good deal, how many miles?
78,000 miles
 

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Hey I tried to download RAVE for my p38 but for some reason I can't read it on my computer because I don't have the right plugins...advice, anyone? Thanks!
 

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Rave only runs in Adobe Reader 4. There should be a copy on the disk image.

It doesn't modify or write over the current version of Adobe Reader and updates don't affect it once installed.
 

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Hi alohamike

I had similar issues, temp gauge fluctuating/showing overheating, gearbox fault, odd messages etc. all stopped when I changed the alternator (brand new 120 Amp), so as has been said i would check the major cables/grounds and then look closely at the alternator, alarm fault could also be the ultrasonic sensor on the B pillar (a common fault). Hope this helps.
 
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