So the problem is on the way down to Portugal I noticed some problems with power, I was heading up a hill on the motorway and had my foot to the floor when I noticed a lack of power and a lumpy power delivery, engine struggling to maintain 100km/h. I can normally power up this kind of incline no problem, it went away after maybe 2kms and everything was normal for 50kms or so untill it happened again, this time for maybe 10kms. It went away again and we completed the final 100kms with no reoccurance.
So I’m wondering if we filled up with sub standard diesel, we had filled up about half an hour prior to this happening.
The vehicle is a 2014 Land Rover Defender 2.2 tdci Puma with under 30000kms on the engine. Recently serviced, including filters etc. BAS 170bhp remap. Never had this issue before.
Don’t know for sure but my initial thought was Lambda sensor but I did have a similar problems with an Opel diesel which turned out to be the Engine Management System (associated with an air induction tube leak) which the EMS handled by putting the engine into a limp mode.
A couple of references for you to explore: oxygen sensor
Hopefully, it will be all downhill on the way back
It might be worth having the fuel filters looked at if you’re having the system drained. There’s one in the tank that often gets overlooked and the bio element of B7 can lead to algae build up, but that usually only effects vehicles and farm equipment that sit unused for a while.
If your local garagiste has a code reader, it’s worth checking to see if an errors where reported during these low power episodes.
Happened to us with our merc trying to overtake a lorry uphill on a motorway. Haven’t got the jargon, sorry, but it was something to do with the air intake regulator that manages the air petrol mix. Could there be something similar in a diesel motor?
Defenders are basically a pain in the arse. I’ve had about fifteenof them over the years and they’ve all been trouble to some degree or another. The ford engine is the Puma’s are particularly crap. They are also lound and uncomfortable, and they rust due to crappy factory paint work, this list goes on and on!
I like the look of the Ineos Grenadier, might get one of those if the early models fair well.
Sadly, most JLR products are crap. Hopefully now they have a new CEO, they will actually spend some time working through their quality issues and produce a product that is worth the money and renews their reputation. The Grenadier looks good and hopefully will be a success for those who want a useable vehicle rather than a Chelsea tractor.