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    So I got my 2.8 90 4 weeks ago, and noticed recently that the heat gauge was rising ,but only once or twice and went back down again , so I sent her back on friday to check it out, they replaced the thermostat again...she also has a new viscous and waterpump...so they said it might be the cowling, as it was a modified unit from a V8 defender...
    after driving off, the car overheats after driving 5km...had to stop and go all the way back home.. sigh

    found at home that the belts were wet and that the hoseclamps on the thermostat housing was still loose so I tighten them, but still overheats.. I will bleed the system tonight as I suspect this was not done yet... so now... where can I find a cowling for a 2.8 or have one custom made? can silverton radiators modify my std radiator to a 4 core unit?


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    can anyone perhaps give a pic of what the 2.8 cowling looks like, would like to compare with what I have,

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    I managed to sort my heat problems out

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...nder+2.8i+heat
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    thanks, this might be the rout I will have to follow...
    anyone with a pic of the cowling anyone?

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    I'll take a picture and post when I'm home a bit later.

    Cheers,

    Jean.

    PS. I drove arround about 6 months without a cowling (summer included.) and never had overheating issues.

    '98 Defender 90 2.8i aka "saad van die psigopaat"
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    Is a cowling the same thing as a fan shroud?
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    Yip.

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    Tip - do not underestimate the bleeding process. The contraption that I built with a rain meter and plastic pipe worked really well - if you want I can post a pic so you can see how to build it. Bleeding takes a lot of time, I think it took about 50 minutes for all the air bubbles to come out - while pumping the radiator hoses vigorously. There seems to be a lot of air that gets trapped in the system and I believe you should get every last bubble out. Apoc once posted that a bubble behind the thermostat could prevent it from opening. I therefore drilled a small hole in the thermostat to assist the air to pass through. Did I mention that you have to pump the hoses vigorously?
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    Best pictures I could get without removing the cowling.

    Driver's side.



    Passenger Side:



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    Cheers,

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    Mine looks the same
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    yes, perfect!! thanks, mine is basicaly a cover preventing your fingers from getting in there... I recon my problem is the bleeding, but I unscrewed the plastic cap a bit but no bubbles came out, I think mine is the earlier unit that will self bleed, but I think the car should stand on a angle as the engine is slanted... so this could help with air going out..

    anyhoo, "ek het my moer toe gestrip" and I'm having a 4 core aluminium radiator built this week, and i might find a cowling, otherwise I will have one custom built. thanks!

    i want my cooling system to be reliable and solid.

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    D-Tox

    Fit the radiator of the e39 BMW 528i, they came as standard fitment on all 2.8i Defenders from 99 onwards. It is a Behr Radiator and its is readily available. I bought one for a 98 2.8i from Radiator King in Cape Town last year, prices range from R800 - R1500.
    I personally drive a 2000 2.8i and have never had any heating problems in any conditions.

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    mm is it a 4 core radiator?

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    The Behr wholesaler in Pretoria is in Mitchell street, just after the railway bridge dip on the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-tox View Post
    yes, perfect!! thanks, mine is basicaly a cover preventing your fingers from getting in there... I recon my problem is the bleeding, but I unscrewed the plastic cap a bit but no bubbles came out, I think mine is the earlier unit that will self bleed, but I think the car should stand on a angle as the engine is slanted... so this could help with air going out..

    anyhoo, "ek het my moer toe gestrip" and I'm having a 4 core aluminium radiator built this week, and i might find a cowling, otherwise I will have one custom built. thanks!

    i want my cooling system to be reliable and solid.
    I doubt whether you will have success bleeding it that way. The heater matrix is the highest point of the coolant system, you therefore have to pour the coolant from a higher point than that. The bubbles will also not come out immediately, it takes a while with the engine idling and you pumping the radiator hoses.
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    L r service centre in capetown sold me a 2.8 cowling in the last 12 months ,without the correct cowling it will overheat regards

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    D-Tox,

    You need to request the 4 core seeing that there is also a 3 core which was fitted to the 523i BMW. You will also need the correct cowl and you and the BMW radiator hoses as they are different to the 97 - 98 Defenders

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