Land Rover owners have reported repeated engine problems.
Head Gasket Problems, Overheating, and Engine Failure
Many head gasket failures have been reported on the Freelander engine on the vehicle and it has been determined that this has been commonly caused by a condition where a cylinder sleeve has “dropped” in the engine block (meaning that the top of the sleeve has moved below flush with the head gasket surface of the block). The condition occurred often enough that Land Rover issued a bulletin (Technical Bulletin #0036, dated June 16, 2004) for it’s dealership technicians to provide a process for inspection and evaluation when a vehicle came in for repair.
This bulletin also addresses an overheat condition diagnosis and repair, and engine overheating often accompanies head gasket failure. The head gasket would have failed primarily because the tension of the crushed compression seal ring would be compromised as the sleeve moved lower into the block and away from the cylinder head, ultimately allowing coolant intrusion into the combustion chamber and combustion gases into the cooling system.
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