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Old February 23rd, 2014, 08:37 PM
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Angry burned hand brake cable & starter motor ?

Just wondering if anyone can throw some light on this issue I have with my landrover Defender 90.

I purchased a 2010 Defender 90 recently so its still under a 3 monthy aussie warranty but I have a rather interesting issue the hand brakes keeps burning out including the original starter motor ,must be drawing current from somewhere and using the HB Cable as an earthing point ,any auto mechs throw any light on this as my local mechs a bit baffled ?

wondering if anyone has had the same problem ,there is a lot additional attachments fitted to the landy ,ie winch etc

so if anyone hads any ideas please let me know ??????

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Old February 24th, 2014, 03:36 PM
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Hi Bill,
It sounds as if the engine earth strap is loose missing or corroded, when you start the vehicle the earth connection is via the handbrake cable.
This is a common issue, I have made jump links for my 90 that link either side of the engine mounts and gearbox mounts I've also upgraded the size of the earth cable & made sure there are a couple of earth connections from the battery.

If you have a woven wire earth strap bin it..

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Old February 24th, 2014, 09:58 PM
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Hi Bill,
It sounds as if the engine earth strap is loose missing or corroded, when you start the vehicle the earth connection is via the handbrake cable.
This is a common issue, I have made jump links for my 90 that link either side of the engine mounts and gearbox mounts I've also upgraded the size of the earth cable & made sure there are a couple of earth connections from the battery.

If you have a woven wire earth strap bin it..

regards

Gren
Some of what he said, but I have found that allot of people who remove engines forget where (sometimes) the earth strap was fitted. I have come across earth straps fitted to the bolts where the bulkhead bracket is bolted to the chassis. There is no internal tubes inside of the chassis at this point, so All you are doing is squeezing the chassis together and will never get a proper earth.

The strap should be fitted to the left hand engine mount bracket of the chassis and should be a hole facing aft for it (sometimes)

The welding of the hand brake cable was/is an on going fault to D2's as the strap comes loose.
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Old February 25th, 2014, 10:57 AM
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It is always a good idea to run a ground strap directly from a starter motor mounting bolt to the chassis. And to remove any paint between the bolt and chassis or starter motor flange where the cable will touch. paint acts as in insulator.

So you drive a Series IV Land Rover which is why you are posting in the Series LR section. At least your problem is something we all have in common.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 06:28 PM
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it looks like the prob was in the battery bay its self, the aux Battery was moving backwards ? and touching the metal support strap and arching out ???? go fig? but I only got it back yesterday so watch this space for further developments but in the mean time,the techs have placed some shrink sleaving on the strap to prevent it happening again etc
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