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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:22 AM
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God, I hate land rovers -- auto park brake solinoid interlock

So 16 hours into a 20 hour work day, the roommate calls and the LWB won't come out of park at her work ~4 miles away. Go over, not the switch, forget to check the brake light fuse, but notice it is low on brake fluid (one corner empty).

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Debating whether to pay the $100 for the tow or try to fix it with the fuse and/or taking the shifter apart to get to the solinoid. I can get to it by removing the bezel around the shifter, correct?

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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:48 AM
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This just happened to me this week. It was the fuse. Mine wouldn't start but all lights, buzzer, fuel pump worked. $100 down. Good thing I had AAA. I think I will be keeping a bulb and fuse always on me.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 02:05 AM
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My LWB starts but won't shift out of park. No brake lights.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 03:24 AM
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I think that is the switch from what I have heard...Yeah what a PITA>
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Old January 29th, 2012, 04:26 AM
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ya there is a little nub on the inside on the right. you can push it in with something(like a small flta head srewdriver) and put it into gear.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Last time I broke the switch and was able to change gear but just a temporary fix.

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Old January 29th, 2012, 08:57 AM
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x5, park brake switch if youve got no rear lights. I dis-abled that interlock on my classic, you can pull the bezel off and get the truck into gear.

On the 95 RRC I keep running the little c-clip came off the shifter rod and wasnt engaging when the button on the side was pressed. You should be able to hear the little pin in the shifter release when you hit the brakes.. Dont get mad at the Rover and geez dont work so damn hard
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Old January 29th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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I can't believe you don't have AAA, but you don't need it. Surely you know someone who does have it? Have them call and meet you there.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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I doubt it is a simple fix. Because all this stuff lives in a rather hostile environment, the usual cause of the malfunction is corrosion and decay.
You'll need to remove the center console and undo the fixings holding the shift lever in place. Remove the shift lever housing and remove the offending solenoid.
It resides inside the round side projection in the pic. Remove the fat steel surround and undo the 4 screws holding the box together. I believe the solenoid is held in place with a snap ring iirc.
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I can't believe you don't have AAA, but you don't need it. Surely you know someone who does have it? Have them call and meet you there.
AAA sucks. I rather pay $80 to my tow guys than wait for 2 hours.

Anyway, all better now. Took it apart and got it moving. The low brake fluid was not correct, the fluid was so clean I could not see it in the dark.
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Glad to hear you took care of it. Around here AAA just dispatches a local company and it's always been quick (I've used it more than my fair share ).

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Old January 30th, 2012, 09:37 AM
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One of the fastest trips I have ever had home was on a rollback. Blew coolant hose on back of water pump called AAA as soon as I hung up here comes a roll-back. He ran 75-80 all the way home. AAA has served me well here in NC.
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Glad to hear you took care of it. Around here AAA just dispatches a local company and it's always been quick (I've used it more than my fair share ).

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Same here, AAA just uses local company, and dispatch is as quick as any other method.
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Standard issue, AAA + any Rover
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Doh, now they are on all the time. The :cough: aftermarket :cough: switch is too short to go out. I need to get under there with some tape and a couple washers to make it work.

Saved $50, now I have to jerry rig it.
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I used a rolled up matchbook from del frisco and some electrical tape.

Just what I wanted to do at 1am while working 24/7 preparing for a trial on a hostile takeover.

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Old February 13th, 2012, 05:41 AM
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That solenoid was one of the first things I removed when I got my Disco. That and the one on the Tcase. The only one left is the one that holds the key in. Its on my list of things to remove.

-Jeff
Who designs this stuff? These solenoids are all the most worthless things in the world and can only cause huge pains when they F up.
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