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Zebedee



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Engine Oil Level - Not Available [4.4 SDV8]

I realise that this topic has been covered elsewhere, but I thought I'd try to bring together the subject of the oil level sensor failure on the 4.4, and some possible solutions. For those who have gone into the dash menu and followed the instructions in the handbook about how to read the oil level, but still get the "Engine Oil Level - Not Available" message, this might be for you.

The oil level sensor/wiring is prone to failure, and the solution has been to remove the sump to replace the sensor which is fitted into the sump. Fine if under warranty and someone else is paying. However, if you're paying for it yourself, the job takes about 10-hours and involves draining the oil, removing the front drive shafts, removing the front differential and dropping the sub-frame [assuming the sub-frame bolts come out without shearing] in order to get to the sump bolts. Once the sump has been removed it is an easy job to replace the sensor and the wiring loom that attaches to the sensor and to a plug that sits in the side of the sump. The kit for fixing the job includes the sensor, the wiring loom that sits in the sump [which has been improved from the original spec], a clamp and a replacement sump gasket. Maltings are selling this kit for £95 including delivery [green circled items].



Failure is normally due to oil ingress into the wiring loom, and then into the sensor itself. You can often see the signs of it by removing the front undertray, and accessing the wiring loom that connects to the plug in the side of the sump. This plug is not easy to get to and is a black plug on the right hand side of the engine [when looking forward] near the starter-motor. Removing this connector can show signs of oil inside the plug.



Land Rover have issued a Service Instruction [N357 v2] which adds protection to oil penetration into the wiring by adding a second small wiring harness between the plug on the side of the engine and the wiring loom to the ECU [LR117163]. Land Rover is also aware of the increasing frequency of this failure, and is/was quoting only 7-hours to replace the sensor, even though it really is taking them 10-hours.

The design flaw is the sensor [Hella FoMoCo part 8W93-6C624-BG] is really designed to be fitted externally to the sump, rather than inside - it even has a oil control seal to prevent oil leakage. If the sensor fails, replacement should be easy by draining the oil and removing the 3 bolts to replace the sensor. Presumably because of the shape of the sump and to cut costs, Ford/Land Rover have decided to fit it inside the sump [submerged in hot oil] with a short wiring loom to the plug on the outside of the sump [which is also constantly submerged in hot oil].







If you're not prepared to pay the £750 (cheapest independent) to £1500 (stealer) price to be able to know if you have any oil in your engine, a cheap and practical fix to this is use the thinnest bass guitar string (about £5) down the oil extraction tube to act like a dipstick. Trim off the end so there are no sharp edges and this wire will go around the bends in the oil extraction tube right to the bottom. The length from the top of the oil extraction tube to the bottom of the sump is 84cm, and oil should be about at the 69-71cm point from the top [I've tried this fix on a working 4.4 SDV8 which read full at 71cm, and filling mine up with exactly the right amount of oil read 69cm]. Low would be about 76cm. I will do more to confirm the exact height high and low should be, and also the best way to mark the points on the guitar string.

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This fix isn't perfect. The guitar string draws oil up the extraction tube so your first dip is really the accurate one until the oil has drained back into the sump, and it is not totally easy to see an exact mark. You also have to store the guitar string somewhere [in the glove compartment?]. However, it is a good deal cheaper than replacing the sensor and gives some confidence that the oil level is right.

If anyone has a working oil level sensor and a spare bass guitar string, it would be good to know your measurements of oil levels. Current:
- 2013 L405 4.4 TDV8 Vogue
Sold:
- 2004 L322 4.4 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 2002 L322 4.4 HSE (having fixed timing chain guides)
- 2000 P38 4.6 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 1981 2-door In-Vogue
- 1980 Ex-Army SIII LWB
- 1976 SIII LWB
- 1968 SIIA
Stripped for parts:
- 2003 L322 4.4 Vogue

Last edited by Zebedee on 7th Sep 2020 10:00am. Edited 1 time in total

Post #566302 4th Sep 2020 4:45pm
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jettec



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I have had mine fail twice and spent around $ 4500 dollars .
I hope they have done the new mod on the last fix.
Thank you for your very in-depth review of the fault!
I would buy in a heart beat a made up dip stick for the checking the oil manually mainly for when I change my engine oil.
In-between the factory oil changes.
There would be a market for this product if some enterprising individual were to make one up and sell it online.
Just a thought !

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adara



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Could grass cutting wire be used? Being yellow or red, maybe it would be easier to read, also to mark a level on it... 2019 Vogue P400e

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I would imagine it would. If it was a thicker one. There is nothing that can't be fixed with a hammer😜😜
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Zebedee



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I've not tried strimmer wire, and will give it a go.

The reason I plumped for bass guitar wire is it needs to be long enough (84cm) and firm enough to be pushed down around the 90 degree bends in the oil extraction tube, but still flexible enough to go around the bends. The guitar string has about the right flexibility/strength. If anyone can suggest alternatives, I will try them out.

And also if anyone can measure their oil levels to confirm the high and low point, I'll work out a way of marking the dipstick and either make a few for those interested, or show you how to make your own. Current:
- 2013 L405 4.4 TDV8 Vogue
Sold:
- 2004 L322 4.4 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 2002 L322 4.4 HSE (having fixed timing chain guides)
- 2000 P38 4.6 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 1981 2-door In-Vogue
- 1980 Ex-Army SIII LWB
- 1976 SIII LWB
- 1968 SIIA
Stripped for parts:
- 2003 L322 4.4 Vogue

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dingg1



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Jlr should sack the 'engineer' who came up with this idea and the person who gave it the go ahead.

Absolutely Censored stupid idea

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Zebedee



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Update:


I believe I'm closing in on a solution for this:
- The small diameter bass guitar string seems to work just right and better than strimmer wire.
- 0.6mm heat-shrink cut into rings then heated to fix onto the guitar string are just right and don't move.
- High level seems to be 73cm from the end of the oil extraction tube and low level is 78cm (I'm going to continue to test levels when I find different 4.4s).
- It's important to warm the car, then let the oil settle for a couple of hours before taking a measurement. Only the first reading is accurate.
- Let me know if you need a dipstick made - I might put a couple on eBay.
- I'll continue to work on the canister concept to house the sensor in a separate unit outside the engine.


 Current:
- 2013 L405 4.4 TDV8 Vogue
Sold:
- 2004 L322 4.4 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 2002 L322 4.4 HSE (having fixed timing chain guides)
- 2000 P38 4.6 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 1981 2-door In-Vogue
- 1980 Ex-Army SIII LWB
- 1976 SIII LWB
- 1968 SIIA
Stripped for parts:
- 2003 L322 4.4 Vogue

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IGP



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My new (to me) 2013 SDV8 is going in to the garage shortly to have this fixed. Thankfully it's still under warranty. However, I would be interested in your "dipstick" for future use as I would not like to be picking up the bill for this.

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TJRL



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Would this also work on the L322 4.4 TDV8? 2010 Range Rover TDV8 Baltic Blue Autobiography (2011 MY) - "Big Blue"
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Baltic Blue



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TJRL,
The sensor is mounted externally on the L322’s, so much less likely to suffer this type of failure, but I definitely agree that I would like to try one as a backup dipstick.
Perhaps the measurements would be slightly different because of the sump design changes from the L405, but we could soon all start a table of measurements and work out full, half litre top up etc.
It would be much better to get the calibration worked out whilst the electronic version is working properly, rather than when it is failed and becomes an urgent job.

One question for the L405 owners, do you leave it in situ permanently, or just thread it in when checking ??

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Zebedee



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Remove it when not in use.

I keep mine in the glove compartment. Current:
- 2013 L405 4.4 TDV8 Vogue
Sold:
- 2004 L322 4.4 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 2002 L322 4.4 HSE (having fixed timing chain guides)
- 2000 P38 4.6 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 1981 2-door In-Vogue
- 1980 Ex-Army SIII LWB
- 1976 SIII LWB
- 1968 SIIA
Stripped for parts:
- 2003 L322 4.4 Vogue

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Cam-Tech-Craig



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Zebadee, if you want to make me one and ill check all the 405's/322's that come through the workshop? Would that help? Thumbs Up

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Zebedee



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Craig - that would be brilliant. Thanks.

I’ll make one up and post it to you. Current:
- 2013 L405 4.4 TDV8 Vogue
Sold:
- 2004 L322 4.4 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 2002 L322 4.4 HSE (having fixed timing chain guides)
- 2000 P38 4.6 Vogue (BRC LPG)
- 1981 2-door In-Vogue
- 1980 Ex-Army SIII LWB
- 1976 SIII LWB
- 1968 SIIA
Stripped for parts:
- 2003 L322 4.4 Vogue

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Chris thegasman



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Did this the other day with base guitar wire as advised works fine and as I guide we found that the level of oil when full was almost the same as the width side to side of the air box so an easy visual check if you haven’t got a tape measure
Thanks for the guide. zebedee

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