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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
Location: Essex
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black
My L322 Project

As I have documented this on FB, I thought I could transfer it over to here and maybe someone can make use of the inspiration.

I purchased an MY2011 4.4 TDV8 with 139k on the clock and service history to 130k, I knew the car needed some bits done to it and I bought it with this expectation.

When I got the car home I went over it quickly to see what needed doing at first glance.
This is what I found:

The tailgate had a rusty lid on the edge with some bubbling paint and the check straps were no longer of any use.
Tailgate struts were tired
Battery low warning
Keys were coming apart
Clonking from front suspension
Bonnet struts were tired
Steps are heavily corroded
Car needed a good cleaning[/list]

So I set to work and got the battery on charge



Next day I got a load of part numbers identified and ordered a load of new bits before taking some pictures of the tailgate corrosion


And the straps which had rotted away into oblivion


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I checked the voltage on the battery which looked ok but the capacity was not as high as it should have been so I went and got a new Duracell 019 AGM battery and got that fitted




Next it was time for a good cleaning, I didn't get many pics of the actual cleaning process but I did get one of the airway steaming to remove any pathogens or odours hanging about in there.




She's not come out too bad!

 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
Location: Essex
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Next day and I popped to LR parts to get some key shells to replace the manky old keys.

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Well past their best

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Following a tutorial on YT it was pretty easy to convert the old key to a nice new one, I also gave the metal parts a good scrubbing with a nailbrush and going over with a bit of brasso wadding



Job completed - two nice new looking keys. I also replaced the batteries while I was in there.



Old shells at the top and refurbished keys below

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Here's the best place for the old keys!

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 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

My new straps arrived later that day so I set about replacing them. The old bolts had to go too.

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You can see what a state they were, best you get and check your own!

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Unfortunately the new straps (from Amazon) only came with normal bolts but there is a damper on my lower tailgate that is attached by a ball head bolt which absolutely could not be re-used.

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Luckily I had an M8 bolt with a ball head from a previous project to fit a gas strut to my Shogun which I was able to use, result.

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Two new straps fitted. Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Next job was to replace the brake fluid as it looked a little dark for my liking and I always intended to replace all of the fluids anyway as I always do this as matter of course on a second hand car.



I didn't take many pics of the brake fluid being changed but I did get one of the old fluid [/size]


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Two litres of Castrol's finest through the old girl and I was starting t feel a bit better about the state of her.

Later on in the evening I took out the seat heater filters, they're expensive to replace and they seem to be made from nylon so I decided to vacuum and then wash them instead. It's a simple job to remove them, they're just under the front of the seat and it's a twist and they drop out.


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Here they are after a good clean and rinse. Much better. [/size]

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 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Had a nice delivery the next day so you can imagine what is coming next.



The gas struts were nice and easy to change so I did them first, all of them have been done. Even the small lower tailgate damper - which I bought separately from LR




Next I'll be doing the front suspension arms Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Today I addressed the knocking from the front suspension, the previous owner changed the drop links as that was the cheapest and easiest thing to change, but that did not cure it.

The bushes didn't look knackered but when I got a lever bar in there and started moving them, they were all like jelly and well past their best




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This balljoint (both of them in fact) took an absolute hammering to get it out, the state of my cold chisel afterwards was toast. Plus I hit my hand with the club hammer twice. This is not a job for the faint hearted.
I couldn't get a photo of the other balljoint as it ended up grenading after repeated blows from the cold chisel and clubhammer

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Gave the hubs a wire brushing and covering in hammerite whilst I was in there

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 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Delivery!



Guess what is next Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
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BIGMAMMA



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England 2017 Range Rover Autobiography SDV8 Loire Blue

Really enjoying your story! keep going, you'll have a total refurb soon!!!! '17 RANGE ROVER L405 SDV8 AB LOIRE BLUE with INDUS SILVER ROOF
'14 RANGE ROVER L405 VSE 3.0TDV6 SANTORINI / INDUS (gone)
'17 LAND ROVER DISCO SPORT HSE DYNAMIC LUX, BLACK PACK (Wifey's)
'16 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE 2.0 AB, FIRENZE RED (Daughter's)
'17 DISCOVERY 5 HSE LUX, MONTELCINO RED (gone)
'16 DISCOVERY 4 LANDMARK SANTORINI (gone)
'10 L322 5.0 SC AB STORNOWAY GREY / ALMOND (very relunctantly gone)
'04 4.4 V8 VOGUE EPSOM GREEN / CREAM (reluctantly gone)

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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
Location: Essex
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Nice new oil pan and underneath is 8 litres of Lifeguard 8 gearbox oil


This is the old gearbox oil

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the oil pans side by side, notice the changes in magnet location and the size of the in built filter which is larger on the new oil pan



The magnets had a reasonable amount of swarf on them

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Here's the valve block at the bottom of the gearbox with the pan removed



Left a note of when the oil was changed, I probably should have written it in paint pen upon reflection.



Both the diff drain plugs which were also done while I was under the car.





Here's the drained oils for comparison. From left to right Diff - Gearbox - Brake fluid


 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
Location: Essex
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black
Wheelnuts

Wheelnuts. They're not the greatest design. They seem to be a normal high tensile steel covered by a chromed steel jacket. I think the core must corrode over time and that causes the chromed jacket to swell and then getting your 22mm socket over is next to impossible.

I had to remove some of the wheelnuts with a 23mm socket and one I had to hammer a socket onto. Bit of a nightmare so I ordered a whole new set.




All replaced:

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Some of the old ones have taken a battering to remove.


 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



Member Since: 21 Sep 2021
Location: Essex
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black
Front Brakes

Front brakes next.

Array of tools needed to get the brake pins out was quite significant.



The pad retention pins were very much stuck and drifting them out did not work. I had to cut them and hammer the bits out.

From this

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to this


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I know red isn't to some people's taste but I really like them and the wheels are pretty closed off so there are not hue gaps to see them through, I think they still look quite discreet but also if you look close enough you can see they are huge brembo brakes behind there Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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Caesium



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black
Powered Steering Fluid Replacement

I drew some of the PAS fluid out to have a look at it and it looked very different to the new fluid. I thought it was time to protect the PAS components and get it changed.

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I used Smith & Allen cold climate fluid

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Rather than use the procedure that the manual states by using the engine to pump out the fluid, I used a vacuum extractor which seemed to work really well.

I put the system under vacuum pressure and ensured the reservoir was kept topped up until I had put 3 litres through, making sure all the old fluid was out.

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This is a sample of the fluid


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 Christian.


Current Cars
2011 Range Rover Vogue SE
2020 BMW M4 Competition
2019 BMW X4

My RR Blog: www.facebook.com/L322Project
or
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic61540.html

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DrRob



Member Since: 16 Apr 2015
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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Vogue SE TDV8 Buckingham Blue

Brilliant! Keep them posts coming!
4th post down is a list of my repairs and upgrades etc. Might be of use e.g. LED upgrades, sill waxing etc
https://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic44115...p;start=75 2011 4.4 TDV8 Vogue SE Buckingham Blue with Ivory interior and clear glass = "Rory"
1974 Series 3 Lightweight = "Millie"
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2012 SDV6 Range Rover Sport - gone
2012 Freelander - gone
1993 200 Tdi Range Rover Classic - gone after 14 years rolling restoration "Rangie"
Series 2A V8 Lightweight - gone
1952 80" - gone
1949 80" - still in family since 1975

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t5pete



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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Autobiography TDV8 Santorini Black

Brilliant write up

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Ffrr-lover



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Excellent write up!
You’ve tacked a few of the jobs I’ve done, and lots more I plan to do!
Going to be watching this thread with interest!

Thumbs Up Currently driving: 2012 L322 SE Overfinch 4.4 tdv8

Past rides:
2014 Audi Q7 3.0d (good riddance)
2010 L322 Autobiography 5.0 Supercharged
2011 L320 HSE 3.0 sdv6
2014 Jaguar XF-RS 5.0 supercharged
2007 BMW 535D
2005 Mini Cooper S

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