The Defender has been
available in a variety of engines including 2.5L
petrol, 2.5L Turbo Diesel, V8, Tdi, Td5 and now
the latest Puma 2.4L turbo diesel. Generally
speaking the Land Rover Defender service is
possible for the DIY service enthusiast.
Especially the earlier models pre the Td5 and
Puma engines. The later engines and vehicles
have a lot more electronics which can make
servicing a challenge.
Land Rover Discovery has been
available in a variety of engines including V8, Tdi, Td5 and now
the latest Discovery 3 and 4 with the TDV6. The Discovery service is
possible for the DIY service enthusiast on the
Discovery 1 model with the Tdi and V8, while the
Discovery 2 with the Td5 and V8 gets a bit more
complex. The Discovery 3 and 4 model engines and
vehicles have a lot more electronics which can make
servicing a challenge and may be better handles by a
Land Rover Service Centre.
Early Range Rovers are easily
maintained and serviced by the DIY mechanic
especially the trusty V8 engine. The later Range
Rover are of course filled with electronics so you
may need some special Diagnostic equipment to do a
However to perform a
basic Range Rover, Discovery or Defender service all you really
need is to know when you need to check what,
this you can get from a
Defender service schedule. You will need to
change the engine oil regularly and replace the
fuel filter, engine oil filter and air filter.
Then you also need to check the other fluid
levels like gearbox oil, transmission oils,
brake fluids and steering fluids. The service
schedule also lists other routine checks that
need to be done. Check below for the relevant
oils and fluid quantities as well as the filters
that need to be changed. Check the
Land Rover Oils article
for a detailed explanation of what to look for in a
good quality engine or transmission oil.
For any more advanced servicing
Land Rover Repair it is best to consult a
Land Rover service and repair guide.