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Old August 21st, 2005, 09:43 PM
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Engine Bay Fires

I am the proud owner of a 94 Defender that is the survivor of an engine fire. Bought it after the fire and fortunately only the hood and wiring were toast. The pro who rebuilt my truck told me he had seen many LR fires and they were all caused by the same problem: ground straps that break, causing the wiring to burst into flames. FWIW, he says he adds a more substantial additional ground strap than provided by the factory.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 02:24 AM
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My experience, going through a checkpoint on base-
1) full maintenance history, oil lines never replaced in 132k of driving until failure.
2) the truck hemoraged oil quick and fast even though the engine was shut off within 10 seconds of seeing smoke. The gate guards had to break out kitty litter. It was stopped by the time the motor was shut off, so the puddle was already well formed.
3) truck had AC
4) No recent services
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Old September 13th, 2005, 12:40 PM
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We've had two SOLAROS members experience oil cooler line failures in the last few weeks - luckily neither one progressed to the D-90 flambe' stage. I saw the rather dramatic oil trail left on the bed of the flatbed from the second of these two incidents. I would highly suggest that everyone check their lines and replace them if they are at all suspect.

Does anyone know if the 300 Tdi uses the identical oil lines?
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Old September 13th, 2005, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Ragland
I'm especially curious about the comment concerning AC. Did they offer any more specifics?

If the hoses aren't on the LR maintenance schedule, then current owners need a warning before someone is hurt. I know some of the posters on this board have worked in LR dealers. Does the dealer provided service schedule (updated long after our owner's manuals) help with this matter?
Sorry I missed this post,...

No, Mike did not make any other indications as to why that question was on the list but I assumed that it was in hopes of trying to determaine some common base of referance if the problems were happening with only AC or non-ac trucks. Just loking for something to start off of I guess.

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I am the proud owner of a 94 Defender that is the survivor of an engine fire. Bought it after the fire and fortunately only the hood and wiring were toast. The pro who rebuilt my truck told me he had seen many LR fires and they were all caused by the same problem: ground straps that break, causing the wiring to burst into flames. FWIW, he says he adds a more substantial additional ground strap than provided by the factory.
This maybe something to look at as well. The cause of mine is still being looked at buy an investigator to try and pin the cause down.
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Old September 14th, 2005, 12:27 PM
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My oil line burst while driving a while back, but thankfully all it did was smoke. It also stained the crap out of my hood and wing tops...

Possible solution...
Don't run the oil cooler.

I wonder how much the oil is actually cooled by that little oil cooler located unstrategicaly in the radiator.
I have seen guys run these engines without an oil cooler.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 12:03 AM
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Has anyone's Temp Guage ever gone past 1/2 way...I see the ECR site states the gauges have some sort of intercept that cause even 250 degrees to state normal.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 12:46 AM
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Has anyone's Temp Guage ever gone past 1/2 way...I see the ECR site states the gauges have some sort of intercept that cause even 250 degrees to state normal.
Yep. Does when it's hot out and I'm working the engine. Those intercepts were supposedly only on the '93s.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 12:52 PM
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I went through a couple of sets of factory lines on my 94, found a better solution from a local rover shop:

http://www.trailhead4x4.com/18401.html

Trailhead installed them for me, but they also just sell the line kit.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 12:57 PM
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OK, I'll try again in this thread ?

How much for the kit from trail head 4x4 ??

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Old December 13th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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The line kit was $280
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