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LandRoverAnorak



Member Since: 17 Jul 2011
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
Volume Control Valve (VCV)
My 110 went to Challenger 4x4 for its annual service today and whilst there, I had them change the VCV. Not because of a specific problem but seeing as they seem to fail with monotonous regularity, I've decided to treat it as a service item. I was surprised when they told me that whilst they'd changed several on 2.4's, they'd never done a 2.2 before. They described it as 'a Censored of a job', which made me pleased that I'd paid for somebody else to do it Laughing

I supplied the new valve, as I'd bought one from somebody on here a couple of years ago, which was a Ford part:


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The old one that came out after 61k miles looked exactly the same but grubbier:


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Now despite saying that I had this changed as a precaution rather than because of a problem, I'd swear that it now feels more responsive. I suspect that these things wear as they age and so become less effective, but as it happens slowly we just get used to it. Darren

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LandRoverAnorak



Member Since: 17 Jul 2011
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
Ignition Switch
Back in April I noticed that every now and again, my Defender wouldn’t start. It was just completely dead but turning off and on again solved it. At first, I thought I’d just fumbled turning the key but after a few failed starts over several weeks, it became apparent that it was an actual fault. Having already read a few threads on the subject, I was pretty sure that it was a failing ignition switch and so a new switch, clamp and shear bolts were bought and stashed away.


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The fault has been very intermittent ever since and always resolved on the second try, so tackling it has always been a job for another day. This was mainly because it’s a sod of a job on a Puma, with very limited access. However, I came to start it on Friday evening after having not used it for a couple of weeks and it just wouldn’t start at all, so today was the day to bite the bullet and get on with it.

The first job was to remove enough trim to actually see the thing – steering column cowl and the trim piece beneath the instrument cluster:


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At this point, you can see the ignition barrel, but that’s about it. I then removed the stalks and pushed the wiring aside to reveal the clamp that secures the barrel to the steering column:


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A little while ago, this task was well documented HERE by X4SKP, which is why I knew it was going to be tricky. He carefully teased out the shear bolts with a punch and strategically drilled holes in the trim but I chose a slightly different approach. I figured that if I could cut through the barrel clamp then it should come apart easier and so I attacked it with a cutting disk in a Dremel:


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In wasn’t quite as straightforward as I’d hoped but it did eventually give up with a bit of perseverance (and a hammer and chisel).


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With the clamp removed, the barrel was free to be lifted off the steering column. It still wouldn’t come out though, as there’s not enough clearance between it and the plastic of the dash behind. Again, it was the Dremel to the rescue and enough was cut away to create the space needed:


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At that point, I was finally able to get the barrel out far enough to access the switch on the end. This is secured with two tiny Philips screws. What was immediately apparent was the clear evidence of heat on one of the cables:


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In fact, the spade that it was connected to snapped off very easily, so I suspect that it’d been fatigued and created a high resistance.

With the difficult stuff out of the way, the new switch was installed and the barrel replaced using a new clamp. I decided to go with regular M8 cap head bolts rather than shear bolts on the basis that it’s so bloomin’ difficult to get to that their loss isn’t significant:


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Before putting it all back together I did give it a test and it fired up straight away, which was a relief.

Finally, I took the old switch apart but was disappointed that there was no obvious smoking gun. Everything was well greased and there was no sign of any burnt contacts, which was what I was expecting. Perhaps it was the fractured spade connector after all.


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 Darren

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L110CDL



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Great write up as ever Darren, i to would of thought it being the ignition barrel but that spade connecter does not look good at all Shocked 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.


Clayton.
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Mitch16



Member Since: 07 Nov 2020
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Corris Grey
Thank you for the continual updates and detail, I really appreciate it.
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LandRoverAnorak



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
No problem, Mitch. It's all good fun but there's not much happeing at the moment as it's too bloomin' cold and wet. Plus working at home means I'm hardly driving it, either Rolling Eyes Darren

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freddie206



Member Since: 18 Oct 2015
Location: Skipton
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United Kingdom 2006 Defender 110 Td5 HT Belize Green
What a great read on a gloomy Sunday evening! So many great ideas!

Have you had chance to fit the front washer jet from Design & Development yet? Keen to hear how it stacks up compared the likes of CSI and Optimill.

Fred
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LandRoverAnorak



Member Since: 17 Jul 2011
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
Hi Fred,

Not yet, I'm afraid. It's definitely coming soon as I've got a list of jobs to do that needs the centre console taking out. I just haven't had a day where the weather has been warm enough to motivate me yet Smile Darren

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Post #938033 17th Jan 2022 11:40am
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west4x4



Member Since: 23 Jan 2010
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Lots of great mods Thumbs Up
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LandRoverAnorak



Member Since: 17 Jul 2011
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
Bonnet Seal
It's been a quiet few months on the Land Rover front, partly due to lousy weather and partly because I'm just not using it as much as I used to. We've recently added a small hatchback to the Anorak fleet for my children to learn to drive in and it's proving to be incredibly useful for local running around! Anyway, inspired by a few others on here, I decided to have a go at fitting a rubber seal to the bonnet today, mainly with a view to keeping water out of the engine bay and specifically where the heater meets the bulkhead.

I bought a 5m length of 16mm x 15mm self-adhesive 'D' section from Car Builder Solutions via eBay, which turned out to be more than enough for the front and side edges:


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This particular seal has asymetrical rubber 'ears' along its bottom edge, which are designed to protect the adhesive strip from rainwater. I fitted it with the vertical 'ear' towards the outer edge of the bonnet:


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Fitting was quite straightforward. The bonnet has a wide lower edge for most of its perimeter, making positioning the seal very easy. At the rear corners and for a short distance near each front corner, that edge narrows but it's still just wide enough to take the adhesive strip. Before fitting, I cleaned up the edge with white spirit to ensure that a good bond was formed:


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Once in place, it added a small amount of additional resistance to closing the bonnet, but nothing that a drop from 6 inches or so couldn't overcome. It makes for a very neat shut line and a snug fit along the wings and across the grill panel, although it should be noted that there are gaps at the two front corners, as there's nothing for it to seal against there:


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At the rear corners, I finished the seal in line with the rear face of the bonnet. I'd like to add a seal to that edge too, but I'll need something slightly larger to fill the gap and a second pair of hands to lift the bonnet off to do it properly:


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Time will tell if it serves its purpose. Darren

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Post #945800 14th Mar 2022 10:22pm
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L110CDL



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That does look good fitted Darren and looks as if it will keep the wet out Thumbs Up 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.


Clayton.
Post #945803 14th Mar 2022 10:33pm
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LandRoverAnorak



Member Since: 17 Jul 2011
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
Fingers crossed Thumbs Up Darren

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west4x4



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Nice. I’ve done similar with an old door seal. I’d like to think it stops a bit of under bonnet noise escaping too
Post #946078 17th Mar 2022 5:43pm
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LandRoverAnorak



Member Since: 17 Jul 2011
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey
Ignition Switch Revisited
A few months ago I SWAPPED THE IGNITION SWITCH to resolve an intermittent failure to start issue. It seemed to work until the last couple of weeks when the problem returned and it came to a head yesterday morning when it wouldn't start at all. I was taking my son to a university open day and so had to borrow my wifes' D4 Rolling Eyes

Today I set about fixing it again and so stripped out the steering column once more. With the switch out and visible, it was immediately obvious that two of the connectors were loose on their respective spades:


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I removed the plastic shrouds from each and tightened up the connectors with needle nose pliers until they were a tight fit again. The white shroud was split but was easily repaired. The black shroud though, just disintegrated and so was replaced with heat shrink - something I really should have done first time around:


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Everything now works again as it should and I'm more confident of a lasting repair. Darren

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L110CDL



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I'm hoping so as well Darren, you learn to do things the first time after things like this happen again Thumbs Up 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.


Clayton.
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Cragster69



Member Since: 15 Jun 2021
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Scotland 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 CSW Cairns Blue
Darren,

Just wanted to say thank you for your thread, as an inexperienced and Defender owner your thread has been a source of inspiration and has gave some ideas for upgrades as and when time and budget allows.

The rear load deck is next on the list. Thumbs Up Craig.

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