Freelander 2 (LR2) Help bleeding fuel system!!!

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MrRW

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Hi all,

I've recently acquired my Freelander 2 (picked it up two days ago) and already I'm having troubles with it (my own fault though)....

Its a 2012 TD4 S Automatic 2.2 150HP.

When I collected it, fuel light was on, but didn't seem drastically low, so I drove home, parked it on an incline nose up (I know!), and left it for several hours. Later that evening, it wouldn't start. My assumption is that because of the low fuel level coupled with the slope, it didn't allow the fuel to be delivered to the injectors. Which then put air into the system, and which I now cannot get rid of.

Attached is a picture of my fuel pump, which looks different from all the others I've seen. Not sure if that is an issue or not. I've searched in the forum about how to bleed the system, and I've followed that all as best as I can, but the car still won't start. I've even tried easy start, which gets the engine going, but stops as soon as I stop spraying. Obviously I do not want to put absolutely more in than I have to. When the engine was running whilst spraying, I could see fuel going through the pipes, but with lots and lots of air, even after attempting to bleed it. Applying the throttle had no effect whatsoever whilst the engine ran with easy start.

So, I've got a little hand pump, placed it on the bottom right outlet that goes to the HP Pump and pumped fuel through, then I reconnected the HP pipe on the filter, and filled that with fuel using a funnel (not ideal, but I don't have a connector to attach to the HP fuel pipe) at the HP Pump end and then reconnected it.

It's Saturday, and here in rural Italy there are no shops open, nor mechanics until Monday. Oh, and my other car decided to blow the head gasket yesterday too... So if anybody could provide some tips/pointers as to what I'm doing wrong and how to fix this with limited resources, that would be lifesaving!

Thank you all!
 

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First do not keep spraying easy start into it, that will do more harm than good, do you a priming pump, hand held, photo below.
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Connect it up and prime fuel through into the filter, you may also need a new filter the old one could be goosed by now, and it's best anyways.
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how much fuel do you have in the tank now and is the car on the level now.
 
My guess is the transfer pump in the tank isn't working, which means the engine is drawing air rather than fuel. Put 25 L of fuel in it, so you can be guaranteed there is enough fuel in the tank to supply the engine.
The do as suggested above.
 
Thank you both for your replies.

I put approx 15 litres in the tank afterwards (I only have a 15 litre jerry can - I will purchase a bigger one next time), so there's definitely enough in there. Level sender is reading approx 1/4 full. And yes I managed to get it to the level tarmac.

I do have a bulb priming pump, but I don't have the connectors to attach it to the incoming fuel line or to the filter, which I guess is about as much use as tits on a fish :vb-doh: I do have 8mm pipe for the priming pump, and can get it over the incoming fuel line nozzle, but then I can't get a decent seal into the filter without the connector. So it looks like I'll be finding a new oil filter tomorrow when the shops open, and then I'm going to attempt to make a connector out of the old filter.
 
First do not keep spraying easy start into it, that will do more harm than good, do you a priming pump, hand held, photo below.
MB9SmOhl.jpg
1

HdppZ17l.jpg
2

Connect it up and prime fuel through into the filter, you may also need a new filter the old one could be goosed by now, and it's best anyways.
Aanyjzkl.jpg
3


how much fuel do you have in the tank now and is the car on the level now.
Out of interest, where would I get this priming pump set from? I'm assuming it comes with the connectors?
 
Out of interest, where would I get this priming pump set from? I'm assuming it comes with the connectors?
They are available from ebay and Amazon

 
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