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    Good day all,

    NEWBY LAND ROVER OWNER. HELP NEEDED.


    I have always been a keen reader of the 4x4 community posts over the years. Must say what a great community for insight and knowledge around vehicles.

    I made the jump and bought my pre owned 2011 Disco 4 V8 HSE (173400km) privately last week. I always had a crush on the Disco 4 V8. The service records were up to date, however the last couple were done by a non LR approved RMI so I have my doubts about the quality of service rendered. So I took the vehicle to Auto Excellence Centurion last week to do a full diagnostics. No issues were detected on the computer, other than them telling me the lower controls arms bushes are almost due for replacement (QUOTED: R8500. However some said it could be the front Anti Roll Bar bushes causing the squeeking). After this I took the vehicle to Dekra in Hatfield Pretoria to do the RWC for the change of ownership purposes. The identified an oil leak (car sweating oil) :-( This after Auto Excellence did the full inspection... To make things worse when I got home I let the vehicle cool down before checking the oil level as this was bugging me. I did the oil check and guess what, I got a message stating ‘Oil below minimum level’ that’s strange the vehicle was serviced 169432km as per previous owner and service book. So I topped up the oil with 500ml and oil level message changed to ‘OK’. This morning when I woke up started the vehicle to idle came back and checked the garage floor for any oil leaks and there it was a little oil leaked onto the garage floor. DAMN! This is not a good start as I am in love with this car. 😉 What to do and what is it going to cost.

    I have done some googling etc. but still am not sure what to do. I obviously want to keep the car for a long time seeing that my two little daughters loves this car more than I do. I will have to get the vehicle checked out but want to be referred to the most reputable RMI approved agents in the Gauteng, Pretoria or even Jhb (if needed). Have any of you guys struggled with this issue?

    Hope to get some input from my Land Rover family.

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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    I use Independent 4x4 in Montana. They only work on LR. Phone them 012 458 1335 speak to Workshop Manager
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    LRExtreme and Overlandworx come highly recommended by most LR owners on this forum. I believe both outfits specialize in LR's
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    Here with some pics taken.
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Isn't that diff oil?
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Quote Originally Posted by zoneout View Post
    Isn't that diff oil?
    But then why would the engine oil level drop? Could be a rear main seal? I can't quite figure out where the leak is from the pictures. Looks to be more towards the front, so probably not main rear, but oil is funny, you have to find the route leak, which can be a pita to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    But then why would the engine oil level drop? Could be a rear main seal? I can't quite figure out where the leak is from the pictures. Looks to be more towards the front, so probably not main rear, but oil is funny, you have to find the route leak, which can be a pita to find.
    My mistake: I though the oil looked too clean for a diesel and concluded diff oil. But now I see its a V8, not a diesel. Sorry.
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    I checked again this morning after dropping of my daughter at school and fresh oil drippimg. I will have to take it for a check up. :-)

    Any thoughtsbthe squeeking from Anti Roll Bar Bushes. Does any body know what the cost is replacing them.

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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Squeaking over bumps will most likely be the anti roll bar bushes. Control arm bushes will knock rather than squeak
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Squeaking normally bushes and clanking control arms.

    As for Auto Excellence... Some people have had good experience with them - I did not fall in that group. But, thanks to my experience I ended up with a D3 V8 that I absolutely love!

    These cars are big and heavy. Don't take any chances and get a proper LR indie to check it out. I know there have been issues with head gaskets on the 5.0lt but these are great machines nonetheless!
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Quote Originally Posted by jvgreunen View Post
    I checked again this morning after dropping of my daughter at school and fresh oil drippimg. I will have to take it for a check up. :-)

    Any thoughtsbthe squeeking from Anti Roll Bar Bushes. Does any body know what the cost is replacing them.
    Take your D4 to one of the indies working on D4',like LR Extreme,Mikebob or LandyWorx.They will be able to answer your questions.
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Hi everyone,

    Some feedback. Good news is the supposed oil leak was grease or lubricant that drip when die engine was hot. We washed the lubricant off and all seems well. The bad news was that the so called oil and filter service was never done. So did that now and all is looking ok. I will continue to monitor the oil levels regularly seeing that I dont want any nasty surprises.

    The suspension still squeeks due to anti roll bar bushes. I am planning to replace them soon. I am requesting quotes to see what they are costing. Labout and parts seems to come to approx R4k.

    Glad there was no major issues with the engine.

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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Take it to Walter at LRXtreme in PTA or Brit Auto Sport in Kya Sands (JHB) - both provide honest and cost effective advice.

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    I wouldn't service a vehicle at Auto excellence although the sell very neat landies. Take it to LRxtreme and you'll have piece of mind.
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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    Booking made with LR Extreme for next week. Hopefully next week no squeek. 😜

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    Default Re: Oil Leak - 2011 Disco 4 v8 HSE

    I'm not a Landy guy but did investigate the V8 models recently for a family member. The pre 2013 models seems to have had a timing chain issue, I think with the tentioner or the guides. I'd check if something proactive could be done to that, which could safe you a huge expense. Enjoy your Landy as I'll enjoy my V8 Jeep.


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    The engine started dripping oil agian. Small amounts. So the leak is in the front passenger side of the engine. So I turned the wheels to look in and underneath. So I saw where I think the leak starts. I have taken pics. Not sure wht these nuts are loose but I cant get to them...

    If you look at the pic with thenl loose nut you can see oil/lubricant coming out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jvgreunen View Post
    The engine started dripping oil agian. Small amounts. So the leak is in the front passenger side of the engine. So I turned the wheels to look in and underneath. So I saw where I think the leak starts. I have taken pics. Not sure wht these nuts are loose but I cant get to them...

    If you look at the pic with thenl loose nut you can see oil/lubricant coming out.
    I suggest you ask Walter about it, he will be able to tell you what you are looking at, and why it is leaking. You did make a booking at LRExtreme in any case.
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    Some closer pics? Any idea what this part is?
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    Take it to Walter!!Could be camcover?
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