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Air filter change Land Rover Defender 1983 - 2007 Diesel 2.5 TD5

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Land Rover Defender 1983 - 2007  | 2.5 TD5 Air filter change

  • time 5 to 45 minutes
  • difficulty 1
Note: If a new air cleaner element is not available, it may be possible to clean the old element – consult a Land Rover dealer or specialist for advice. On certain models, an air cleaner condition indicator may be fitted – the indicator shows by means of a red band moving across a clear aperture that the element requires renewal. Renew the element before the recommended intervals if the indicator turns red.

10J, 12J and 19J engines

1 Disconnect the hoses from the air cleaner casing, noting the hose locations to ensure correct refitting (see illustration) .
Disconnecting the air cleaner condition indicator hose from the air cleaner casing – 19J engine
2 Release the three securing clips, and lift the air cleaner casing from the baseplate (see illustration).
Lifting the air cleaner casing from the baseplate – 19J engine
3 Unscrew the wing nut, recover the washer, then withdraw the element (see illustrations).
Unscrew the wing nut . . .
. . . and withdraw the element – 19J engine
4 Thoroughly clean the inside of the casing and the baseplate, and check the condition of the casing sealing ring. Fit a new sealing ring if necessary.
5 Squeeze open the air cleaner dump valve, which is located at the bottom of the casing. Check that the valve is flexible, and is in good condition.
6 If necessary, pull the dump valve from the air cleaner casing, and clean it. Fit a new valve if necessary.
7 Fit the new element to the casing, and secure with the washer and wing nut. Check the condition of the sealing ring on the wing nut, and renew if necessary.
8 Fit the casing to the baseplate, and secure with the three clips.
9 Reconnect the hoses to their correct locations on the casing, as noted before removal.
10 If an air cleaner condition indicator is fitted (see note at beginning of this Section), reset it by pressing the top of the indicator until the red bar is no longer visible (see illustration) .
Air cleaner condition indicator – 19J engine

200 TDi and 300 TDi engines

11 Disconnect the hoses from the air cleaner casing, noting the hose locations to ensure correct refitting.
12 Release the two securing clips, then twist the air cleaner casing anti-clockwise (when viewed from the front of the vehicle) and withdraw the assembly from its mounting cradle (see illustration) .
Air cleaner securing clips (arrowed) – 200 TDi and 300 TDi engines
13 Unscrew the nut securing the air cleaner lid to the body, then withdraw the lid (see illustration) .
Air cleaner components – 200 TDi and 300 TDi engines 1 Lid securing nut 2 Lid 3 Element securing nut 4 Element 5 Alignment arrows 6 Air cleaner condition indicator
14 Unscrew the now-exposed wing nut securing the air cleaner element, and recover the sealing washer.
15 Pull the element from the casing, and discard it.
16 Thoroughly clean the inside of the air cleaner casing and the lid.
17 Squeeze open the air cleaner dump valve, which is located at the bottom of the casing. Check that the valve is flexible, and is in good condition.
18 If necessary, pull the dump valve from the air cleaner casing, and clean it. Fit a new valve if necessary.
19 Fit the new element to the casing, with the fins furthest away from the lid.
20 Refit the wing nut to the casing, ensuring that the sealing washer is in place, and tighten to secure the element.
21 Refit the air cleaner lid, aligning the arrows on the casing and lid, and tighten the securing nut.
22 Refit the air cleaner to the mounting cradle, twisting the assembly clockwise to ensure that the securing clips engage with the slots in the casing.
23 Fasten the securing clips, then reconnect the hoses to their correct locations on the casing, as noted before removal.
24 If an air cleaner condition indicator is fitted (see note at beginning of this Section), reset it by pressing the top of the indicator until the red bar is no longer visible.

TD5 engines

25 Release the clips and disconnect the airflow meter from the air cleaner cover (see illustration) .
Release the clips and detach the air flow meter from the air filter cover
26 Disconnect the AAP (Ambient Air Pressure) sensor wiring plug, and disconnect the rubber vacuum pipe from the air cleaner cover (see illustration) .
Disconnect the sensor wiring plug and the vacuum hose
27 Release the two clips and lift the air cleaner cover from the housing (see illustration) .
Release the clips and lift the air cleaner cover
28 Lift the old element from place, then remove any debris and clean the inside of the housing and cover.
29 Fit the new element into the housing (see illustration) .
Fit new element with the seal uppermost
30 Refit the cover and secure it in place with the clips.
31 Refit the AAP sensor, and securely tighten the retaining screws.
32 Reconnect the vacuum pipe and wiring plug.
33 Refit the airflow meter and secure the retaining clips.
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