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Starting & Driving



Never start or leave the engine running in an unventilated building - exhaust gases are poisonous and contain carbon monoxide, which can cause unconsciousness and may even be fatal.

Before starting the engine and driving, ensure you are familiar with the precautions shown under ‘CATALYTIC CONVERTER’, page 118.

In particular, you should be aware that if the engine fails to start, continued use of the starter may result in unburnt fuel damaging the catalytic converter.

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    Check that the parking brake is applied and the gear lever is in ‘P’ or ‘N’.

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    Switch off all unnecessary electrical equipment.

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    Turn the starter switch to position ‘II’ and then on to position ‘III’ to operate the starter motor. DO NOT press the accelerator pedal while starting, and RELEASE THE KEY as soon as the engine is running.

In temperate climates DO NOT operate the starter for longer than 10 seconds. If the engine fails to start, switch off and wait 10 seconds before re-using the starter. Please note that continued use of the starter will discharge the battery and may cause the starter motor to overheat.

NOTE: The battery charging and oil pressure warning lights should extinguish as soon as the engine is running.

After starting, ensure that the parking brake and foot brake are firmly applied and the accelerator pedal is not depressed while moving the gear selector lever from ‘N’ or ‘P’, otherwise, the vehicle may move immediately if the selector lever is moved to one of the drive positions (1,2,3,D or R). This is particularly important when the engine is cold, because the engine will be idling at a faster speed than normal. Use the foot brake to control the vehicle until the engine is warm and running at normal speed.

NOTE: The foot brake MUST be applied before the selector can be moved from ‘P’.

Cold climates In very cold climates, if the engine fails to start after three attempts, fully depress the accelerator and operate the starter continually for up to 30 seconds, or until the engine runs.

In addition, the oil pressure warning light may take several seconds to extinguish and engine cranking times will also increase; at -13°F (-25°C), the starter motor may need to be operated continuously for as long as 30 seconds before the engine will start. For this reason, ensure that all non-essential electrical equipment is switched off.

Block heaters Additionally, in very cold temperatures, use of a 110 V AC block heater will improve the engine's starting characteristics. In order to ensure correct performance, only Land Rover approved engine block heaters should be used. In any event, block heaters restricted to a maximum of 400 W should be used. Block heaters that exceed this output may damage the emission control components.


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