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    Smile What have you fixed on your Disco 1 today?

    So, it seems to me that a common problem with the Discovery 1's are the rear windows that cease to function. After a quick bit of googling the most likely scenario seemed to be that there was some problem with the window ECU.

    Now, its easy enough to check this with a voltmeter, since I'm told that a VERY small current may in some instances find its way to the window regulator, but that would obviously entail opening the doorcovers and such; which seems to be quite a bit of effort and quite a backwards way of going about it if one intends to do this in order to establish that the fault MAY lie somewhere else.

    In any event, I opted to tackle the window ECU directly as per a very nice video clip uploaded by an American. The wire-connectors are a hassle to remove in the sense that the angle is a bit awkward and one is naturally afraid to rip the wires right off, but once they're free you're halfway there.

    After removing the ECU circuit board, the culprit is pretty obvious. It seems that the soldering point comes loose over time. In my case a clear ring/crack was visible around the point, which obviously obstructed the flow of current. Once the point was re-soldered and the ECU re-fitted, the windows worked beautifully.

    I might add that the car had been with two auto-electricians who couldn't figure this thing out; one of the guys suggested that the car's wiring loom be re-done. Which just go's to show the power of sharing information... and the internet.

    Here's a link to the video which I had referred to:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt6odNB3c8s

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    Hi eti1ne

    I fixed the front bumper guards and fitted new front indicator lights. The old ones were faded
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    Default Faded (oxidised) lights?

    Headlight oxidation, that faded light problem.. can be easily fixed with some toothpaste and a little elbow grease.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lZ96BXoT10

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    Quote Originally Posted by eti1ne View Post
    .........................................

    I might add that the car had been with two auto-electricians who couldn't figure this thing out; one of the guys suggested that the car's wiring loom be re-done.
    Which confirms the average standard of so-called professionals these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Which confirms the average standard of so-called professionals these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eti1ne View Post
    Headlight oxidation, that faded light problem.. can be easily fixed with some toothpaste and a little elbow grease.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lZ96BXoT10
    Yes that works, but in my case the yellow lenses were faded and had cracks. No amount of tooth paste would have helped there.
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    I now have my rear sunroof leaking water, tighten the little screws on the window cleaned rubbers but still leaking, anyone with advice, also replaced my headlights and indicator lences, looking better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze' View Post
    I now have my rear sunroof leaking water, tighten the little screws on the window cleaned rubbers but still leaking, anyone with advice, also replaced my headlights and indicator lences, looking better.
    Hi Ze,
    I was in the process of trying to source some rubbers for my rear side windows (which are shot), when I saw something about the drainage plug hole that might get clogged on the sunroofs. Have a look at the thread below; it should actually read D1 and not Series 1, don't be put off by that, its the same car as yours.

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...ow+rubber+seal

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    Thanks eti1ne, I did fix my roofliner a while back, seems like I will have to remove it again have re upholstered and clean drain pipes to prevent water spilling inside again.
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    The other option is to permanently close the sunroof using silicon gel.
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    Nice thread. We must share info as much as possible to keep them going
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    The plastic drains can crack or pull away from the metal. The bit where the pipes go on can break too. Entirely fixable but a pain to get the lining out the way.
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    What did you use for fixing a sagging roof lining?
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    I just glued it back while I had it out. While you have the headlining out is also a good time to add any extra heavy duty wiring to the back of the car. And clean those alpine windows from the inside. On the subject of alpine windows look for rust on the inside. This is a good time to treat it.
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    Going to attempt to fix my front door lock tomorrow, wish me luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defender200tdi View Post
    Going to attempt to fix my front door lock tomorrow, wish me luck.
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    I for one do not se the need for sunroofs, its just problems waiting to happen so yes jelo silicone might just do the job.
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    Awesome thread!! Wonder if there's enough fixing going on for a Series version, or can we just hang out here as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam vd Merwe View Post
    That little springs? Not a lekker job
    Gave it a good go today but couldn't get it done,

    On the plus side I saw that there was an earth strap on the starter motor and after I loosened the strap cleaned the contacts and reattached my little truck is starting like a dream.

    Is there such a thing as an auto locksmith that could help with my lock woes??
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    Quote Originally Posted by defender200tdi View Post
    Gave it a good go today but couldn't get it done,

    On the plus side I saw that there was an earth strap on the starter motor and after I loosened the strap cleaned the contacts and reattached my little truck is starting like a dream.

    Is there such a thing as an auto locksmith that could help with my lock woes??
    I bought 2 left and 2 right hand side springs long ago. Fitted the left front and the 5th door. Its a real bad one trying to fit that little springs
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