Land Rover Freelander Coolant Problem?

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Found 25th Jan 2009
Does anyone know anything about this apparently notrious problem on the Land Rover 1.8i K series (petrol).
Long story short engine started to lose coolant and over heat and blew a rad hose, ended up replacing 2 hoses, head gasket, thermostat & radiator.
Just got it back from the garage went for a spin and blew another (same one) hose!
I know theres been a problem trying to get all the air out of the coolant sytem, could this be it, any one got any ides before this heap bankrupts me!
Cheers.

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Original Poster

myaser88;4178561

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Thank you, I did google the problem but think I've covered most of what is suggested, will have another go 'bleeding' cheers:thumbsup:

cycleman;4178629

Thank you, I did google the problem but think I've covered most of what … Thank you, I did google the problem but think I've covered most of what is suggested, will have another go 'bleeding' cheers:thumbsup:



I assume that you have opened and closed the heater by switching it hot to cold to hot etc.?

As you know, they really are notorious for head gasket related issues.

Good luck.:thumbsup:

If you have only just got it back from the garage and the coolant system is still pressurising (hence the hose blowing off) assuming all hose connections tight. I would take it straight back.

I have been involved with a few 1.8 K series engine head problems, Freelander and others, as long as you get the head machined, use the landrover head gasket (strengthened one) replace the plastic dowels with steel dowels, there is a replacement thermostat housing which makes bleeding easier , the job should be succesfull. ( for another 60k!!)

IME A lot of garages don't do the job properly mostly from ignorance of some of the better replacement parts available.

I have been told the factory used a vaccuum to get all the air out of the coolant system, but as long as you use the bleed screw, you shouln't have the broblems you seem to be having.

Des

I don't know specifics, but I've heard plenty of horror stories about K-series engines which just won't accept a new gasket for whatever reason... including factory fitted gaskets which fail at 14K.

Have you seen the damaged gasket? Is it obviously broken, or is it possible you have a problem with the head or block itself?

Original Poster

dieseldes;4178915

If you have only just got it back from the garage and the coolant system … If you have only just got it back from the garage and the coolant system is still pressurising (hence the hose blowing off) assuming all hose connections tight. I would take it straight back.I have been involved with a few 1.8 K series engine head problems, Freelander and others, as long as you get the head machined, use the landrover head gasket (strengthened one) replace the plastic dowels with steel dowels, there is a replacement thermostat housing which makes bleeding easier , the job should be succesfull. ( for another 60k!!)IME A lot of garages don't do the job properly mostly from ignorance of some of the better replacement parts available.I have been told the factory used a vaccuum to get all the air out of the coolant system, but as long as you use the bleed screw, you shouln't have the broblems you seem to be having.Des



I think this could be the problem, the garage I use did it on the cheap and probably bodged it.....

I had to spend over £2000 and get half the engine replaced with a reconditioned unit. I now spend £20 a month for private warranty, I aint paying out again.

Original Poster

Thanks guys for all the advice, one final question, does anyone know how to drain the whole coolant system completely, bearing in mind I'm working on my front drive...:thumbsup:
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