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loonyball



Member Since: 29 May 2019
Location: ballymena
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United Kingdom 2007 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE Rimini Red
my dilemma (and how can i resolve it)

hi everyone, my beloved RRS 2.7 took not well recently, (see previous post "high coolant pressure")
anyway to get to the chase, i ran a sniff test yesterday and it has proved positive for the first time in at least a dozen test's recently, so now i know beyond doubt there are exhaust gases in the coolant, so....head gasket, cracked head or manky block.

so my dilemma is; do i get rid as is and cut my loss, take a chance on a used engine, OR...pull it part myself, i'm not a land rover specialist by any means, but i do know my way around an engine to a reasonable degree,

so any advise would be highly apreciated as i really do love this car and it would break my heart to sell it for salvage btw its a 07' HSE rimini red with oatmeal interior and 22inch stormers, and in lovely condition (other than the teas made under the bonnet)

questions might include, do i need any special tools to remove head ?
would i need to remove both heads ?
is it a job that is reasonable to do without removing the body ?

i realise the car doesn't have a great value if it were without faults, i also know that if i send it to an indy to cure it, it's going to run in to thousands as opposed to hundreds and i just could not justify spending the price of another sport on this car, hence why i'm considering having a go at pulling it apart myself, because as i see it i have not a lot to lose,

your'e thoughts and suggestions are invited, thanks.

Post #599145 Wed May 20 2020 8:20pm
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Andy K



Member Since: 18 Sep 2015
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England 2005 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE Rimini Red

Without a doubt remove the head yourself is the sensible way forward.

The drivers side is fairly easy to remove. So do that first. If you don’t find a problem there that is where is gets tricky.
The passenger side is a right pain to remove. So at this point you could continue, or scrap

You undo the exhaust manifold through the wheel arch.
Much faffing with heat shields. Number them before removal.
Remove EGRs.

Remove injectors, fuel rail, fuel rail bracket
Cambelt. Cover, cambelt


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Post #599146 Wed May 20 2020 8:28pm
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Disco_Mikey



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Could also be an EGR cooler Thumbs Up

Post #599147 Wed May 20 2020 8:33pm
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loonyball



Member Since: 29 May 2019
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United Kingdom 2007 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE Rimini Red

yeah, i think it is for sure the way to go, i guess its just having the confidence to get stuck in, i've read countless times how some consider replacing egr valves and coolers a big deal, i have replaced them myself on this car and a previous disco without too much faff....

Post #599148 Wed May 20 2020 8:34pm
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loonyball



Member Since: 29 May 2019
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United Kingdom 2007 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE Rimini Red

Disco_Mikey wrote:
Could also be an EGR cooler Thumbs Up


oh if only.... i've been chasing this issue for several months, i changed both egr's and coolers a couple of months ago, weirdly, the car still drives fine, no overheating, no white smoke, no water in oil-oil in coolant etc...
only real symptoms are poor heater, and serious amount of air returning to expansion tank, i was checking all the pipework, and the thermostats in the egr coolers yesterday and just thought i would run another sniff test and sure enough, it turned green...
and so did i at the same time Very Happy

Post #599149 Wed May 20 2020 8:40pm
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RRSTDV8



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Orkney Grey

Search for member Naks on here. In his signature there is a link to the workshop manual if you don't already have it. Thumbs Up 2012 SDV6 - it's missing a couple of cylinders
2008 TDV8 - it was a labour of love and is much missed

Post #599153 Wed May 20 2020 9:17pm
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loonyball



Member Since: 29 May 2019
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United Kingdom 2007 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE Rimini Red

thanks lads, going to have to do a bit of research and break out the halyards socket set, my hammer and a six pack Very Happy

Post #599154 Wed May 20 2020 9:21pm
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Andy K



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You will need something heavy duty for head bolts and a scaffold bar.

Post #599156 Wed May 20 2020 10:02pm
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aaronjb



Member Since: 26 Jun 2019
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United Kingdom 2010 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Santorini Black

So .. you're saying he needs the big hammer? Mr. Green 2010 RRS TDV8, 2006 BMW 650i, 2007 Mini Cooper S
The TDV8 "replaced" a 2014 Ford Ranger .. I still miss the Ranger.

Post #599181 Fri May 22 2020 10:26am
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