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    Default Need some advice on a TD5

    Hi everyone
    Im looking at getting a 2003 defender TD5

    Owner overhauled the motor,new pistons,rings,bearings etc..

    he says there is bubbles coming up from the water bottle..i asked him if he skimmed the head and answer was no

    He says it doesnt overheat and no oil mixing with water and he doesnt want to drive it because he spent R17K on spares and dont want to damage the motor

    whats your thoughts on this ?

    Head needs skimming? and new headgasket obviously

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    Could be a cracked head. Could be the EGR cooler. Could be many things including just a warped head or stretched head bolts. Could be a quick fix. Could be a money pit.

    Without a strip-down, you'd be guessing all the way.
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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    You're only a short drive from LR Extreme anyway.
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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    Yes its a shot in the dark..maybe best to get it to a expert

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Could be a cracked head. Could be the EGR cooler. Could be many things including just a warped head or stretched head bolts. Could be a quick fix. Could be a money pit.

    Without a strip-down, you'd be guessing all the way.
    Where is the EGR cooler?

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    Head has to come off to be tested, use new bolts and correct head gasket, check the holes

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    First thing that would make me suspicious is 17K for an engine rebuild. Td5 are lovely engines but when they do need a rebuild it tends to be pricey. 30k+

    I dont know what an EGR cooler is but there is an oil cooler on the td5 that tends to corrode and mix oil with coolant. It sits on the under the centrifugal oil filter housing or on the engine block under the turbo.

    It is also very Ill advised to skim a Td5 head, if it is cracked or warped then a new AMC 19P head is the next step.

    My advise would be to get it to LRextreme and chat to Walter/Org. Let them put the landy on a nonocom and take it for a drive, also get the a pressure test done on all cylinders.

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    He spent R17k on spares, so add engineering and labour and it's probably close to 30k+. They should have checked the head for both fuel and water cracks and if they did not it was probably not a LR specialist that did the job....Probably the head gasket which is a R10k job to do properly.

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    i understand that he did the bottom overhaul himself and didnt get the head skimmed,i can do any repairs myself like removing and putting the head back,will try get more info out of the seller like why did he "bottom" overhaul in the first place and what symptoms did the motor have before

    Thanks for all the input so far

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    Default Re: Need some advice on a TD5

    Hopefully he fitted the big end bearings correctly.

    If he fitted a new top gasket and torqued the head correctly, then the chances are that there is a small crack in the head. I had the same problem, and it was a cracked head.

    Masterparts had a few heads in stock a while ago.

    Removing and replacing a head isn't a big job luckily. I did mine in a day.

    If you change to a later head you will have to change your fuel regulator.

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