A number of 1999 Td5 engine oil
pumps have failed due to the bolt holding
the sprocket onto the oil pump shaft working itself loose
This causes a sudden loss of oil pressure which could result in engine
seizure, turbo seizure or other forms of overheating damage. (Some UK
paid up to GBP 7,000 repair cost!)
The oil pump is not a serviceable item and the problem can only be
discovered if you remove the sump and inspect the pump (Other Td5 owners
What is causing the failure? Current evidence suggests that LR
apply loctite to the sprocket bolt during manufacturing.
This according to UK lawyers amounts to breach of contract as the
unsatisfactory build quality means the engine cannot last the expected
lifespan of 150,000 miles.
There does not seem to be a recall of affected engines but LRUK appears to
be settling claims submitted to them.
Read the articles below and and check the
links for more information on this topic.
Location of bolt
1999 Discovery 2 Series TD5
13th April 2004
Watchdog has received emails from viewers
experiencing engine problems with the 1999 Land Rover Discovery (2 series
One small bolt in the pump (that circulates
oil) can come loose causing the entire engine to cut out. If this happens,
the engine may need replacing at a cost of £6,000 - £7,000. Currently,
the owners’ rather than Land Rover have to foot the bill.
Owners affected can call Land Rover on 08705
Alan Owens, consumer lawyer with Irwin
Mitchell, appeared on the programme to discuss what action people could
take. He recommends contacting Irwin Mitchell on 0870 1500 100 or
visit the Irwin Mitchell website.
Other sites with info
I live in Sydney Australia, and have a 1999
Discovery TD5. I have experienced the exact problem detailed in this web
site. Land Rover Australia, having been informed, are only prepared to pay
50% of the parts. I find this appalling. Not sure where I can go from here,
but just thought I'd let you know the problem is occurring in Australia.