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Old March 14th, 2016, 07:34 PM
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Need good Rover guy in NC!

Hey folks. I need some help here. I'm in the Boone, Nc area and really need to find someone nearby who knows these trucks. My local guys have no idea what they are doing and I fear they are making more problems. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:05 PM
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Calling brad!! But I think he gets work done in Charlotte
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:07 PM
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At this point, I would take the damn thing to California if that would get it fixed!
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:20 PM
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well.. Raleigh you have a number of choices whom work regularly on defenders

Brady's British (whom i use for most stuff, very good )
Brewie (Land rover Customs)
Discovery automotive (great but shop prices)
Flying Circus in Durham ( great but you need time)

Charlotte has a good shop too.. just not sure of the name, brad or mark (overlander) can tell you it..

your welcome to stay here if you need as well, depending on whats wrong and the schedule etc.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:23 PM
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If you want to come to Columbia, the head tech at the dealer is a phenomenal wrench and is a Rover guy just like everyone here. Lots here probably know him as he attends most events. Anyway, if you really are desperate, that's a three hour option for you.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:23 PM
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:27 PM
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well.. Raleigh you have a number of choices whom work regularly on defenders

Brady's British (whom i use for most stuff, very good )
Brewie (Land rover Customs)
Discovery automotive (great but shop prices)
Flying Circus in Durham ( great but you need time)

Charlotte has a good shop too.. just not sure of the name, brad or mark (overlander) can tell you it..

your welcome to stay here if you need as well, depending on whats wrong and the schedule etc.
Performance Rover. for petrol rovers, A+. they are at every ure event too.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:28 PM
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Bo lives in Banner Elk and takes his somewhere in Charlotte. Have you stopped in to the Rubitrux guys? I have see Defenders and Discos there before. You might also reach out to JBullis on here, he lives in Johnson City he has at least a couple of Defenders so he may have someone as well.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:33 PM
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:42 PM
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Get that thing off the mountain and get it sorted! Those Hippy mechanics up there only know what a Subaru is!
I'd like to check it out on a trip to the cabin this summer.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:53 PM
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Bo lives in Banner Elk and takes his somewhere in Charlotte. Have you stopped in to the Rubitrux guys? I have see Defenders and Discos there before. You might also reach out to JBullis on here, he lives in Johnson City he has at least a couple of Defenders so he may have someone as well.
Bo takes his to performance. both our 110s were there at the same time
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Old March 14th, 2016, 08:58 PM
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Where to begin. Its a 94 D90 ST with around 120,000 miles. I bought it in 2011 from a guy in Cali who had just spent about 10k with West Coast rovers to put a 4.6 in it. Ive put maybe 10k miles on it since then. The motor was still in break-in period when I got it. To me, it never seemed to run like it should. I put a Mark Adams chip for a 4.6 in it not long after I got it and it seemed to run better than with the stock ECU. A year or so afterwards the truck would act up from time to time (erratic idle, stalling, losing power on long hill climbs) but seemed to run well 80% of the time. Fast forward a couple years. I stored the truck outside for a whole winter, got in it after a few months and it fired right up. The next winter, I stored it in my garage. Ever since then, something is draining the battery. It can't sit for longer than a couple of hours without being stone dead. I installed a battery cutoff solenoid switch, because no one could find the drain. I suspect mice to be the culprit, as they had gotten into my motorcycle and chewed up everything. In addition, the truck just wouldn't run right(same problems as before, but now throwing fault code 44, sometimes 45). I have replaced o2 sensors twice, no change. New mass air flow, no change. Vacuum tested, no leak. Something is telling me that one damn little wire has been chewed in half by a mouse and all of my problems stem from that. Maybe not, but I am at my wits end with this thing!
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Old March 14th, 2016, 09:22 PM
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ok gotcha....

So great suggestions overall for shops..

and some pointers..

the 14cux system is actually pretty simple..
To eliminate the ECU as the problem, i have a spare ECU..

codes 44 AND 45 together with no change in occurrence after changing the O2 sensors mean you probably have an ignition or timing problem I.e. whole engine problem (and the old O2's are still good - keep them) . If you don't know how to set the timing or change out the cap/plugs/rotor, don't bother (Rotor is the important one for a DYI.. you can break the distributor!! ask me how i know, FYI it has to be cut off if it doesn't just come off with a slight tough, no force).

other stuff is the ignition Amp module, the coil and the always popular hose from the mass air flow sensor to the intake - all can cause those symptoms btw.. ( i have a spare of those as well...)

having never seen it... tough to say.. mouse eating the main wire harness is plausible as well..

drop it off at my house, currently i'm in between jobs, i'm not fast but i have everything but a wiring harness in my garage, and i bail out to (via AAA) to Brady's british. I work for kegs of beer
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Old March 15th, 2016, 08:38 AM
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When I was shopping quotes for a frame swap on my truck, I talked to Sean at Blue Ridge Rover Works. I ended up going with a more local option, so can't vouch for the work, but he seemed like a really great guy with a ton of experience. Don't know if he's a member here, and others may have experience with his work, but he's a bit closer to you than Charlotte, Knoxville, or Raleigh.

Good luck!
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Old March 15th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, Sean has moved back to the UK.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 08:56 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, Sean has moved back to the UK.
Thanks for the heads up. Bit of a drive from Banner Elk.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for all of the info fellas! I'll have to see what the next step is in this saga!
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Old March 15th, 2016, 09:16 AM
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Actually, if you bring it (and beer) to Uwharrie and prop the bonnet up in no time at all you will have a crowd of skilled hands and knowledgeable people drinking your beer and helping you fix it. Beer and a broken Rover will attract them like flies to shit. My first event and I didn't know any of these people.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 09:34 AM
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Get that thing off the mountain and get it sorted! Those Hippy mechanics up there only know what a Subaru is! I'd like to check it out on a trip to the cabin this summer.
This couldn't be a more perfect categorization of this part of the state. Gold.
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LR Knoxville has a bunch of GREAT techs. Many of them are rover guys.
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