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Good day, Please i am having some issues with my v6 2003 freelander.

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Good day, Please i am having some issues with my v6 2003 freelander. sometimes it pulls fine but other times it drags, and then sometimes all the dials on the dash board go off with the check engine, abs, hill decent, engine, and other dashboard lights coming on then going off again and dials coming back on. what could be the problem and solution?
Joey
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Car
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Thank you Shantal for your response. I havnt found a solution to my quest and would like to wait if you guys can still assist on this. Thanks.

Joey.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.
Hello for the dash to go wild like that I'd say that this is a bad electical connection1st check that the main battery cables are on tight and the terminals are clean and bright. Do the same for the engine / gearbox earth strap.then check the state of the small earth connections that run out of the engine bay wiring loom and are secured to the enigne with ring terminalsif this is OK check that the alternator is actually charging the battery in the car by taking a battery voltage reading with the engine off then another with the engine running. The 2nd reading should be higher than the 1st and climbing steadily. And also check that the alternator is secure to the engine as this provides the ground for the charging circuit and make sure that the engine / gearbox earth strap is secure and the contacts are clean and bright. if the alternator appears not to be working - take it to a electrical specialist and ask them to test it as sometimes you can replace just the diode pack and this will repair the alternator without requiring replacement And one last thing is – how old is the battery? – As even good quality ones need replacing every 5 years
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the tips, I will have my mech check these and then will revert to you. But the other part of my quest which is the drag issue, thats the most anoying bit. Would be glad if you have any ideas about this. Fyi, i have changed the spark plugs and the airflow meter is working too.

Joseph.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.
hello Joeseph when you say it drags then this could be the brakes binding or a fault with the transmisson ( if its the automatic)again this could be related to the electrical issue so I'd resolve these 1st and if its an auto gearbox then check the fluid level with the transmisson warmed up
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you so much Matt, i forgot to tell you the battery is only about a year old, i removed the terminals and fixed them again, for niw ni more flikering dashboard lights. For the drag, the vehicle picks and moves smootly some times, and other times its like having difficulties in moving. I checked the brake calipers and they were adjusted bt this didnt fix it. Its an auto box. It was changed recently so the fluid is ok.

Joseph.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.
Hello Joseph OK in that case I'd carefully check over ll the connections to the solenoids on the top or side of the gearbox, remove each connector in turn and spray with contact cleaner. Check that the wiring to the gearbox is in good condition with no chafing or frayed wire If this is OK then check the selector lever linkage / cable under the car for any broken parts and or missing bolts as if this is coming adrift then it can rub on the car body or just bind up

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