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Land Rover Discovery routine maintenance guide (2004 to 2009 diesel engines)

Land Rover Discovery routine maintenance guide (2004 to 2009 diesel engines)

Wondering when to change the oil or what type to use in a 2004-2009 Land Rover Discovery? Perhaps you're trying to find out how often to change the fluids, what the service intervals are or check the brakes and perform other common jobs? Haynes has all the routine maintenance answers for your Land Rover Discovery.

Modern cars like the Discovery need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a service every 6 months, or change the oil every 3 months, but regular fluid changes are still essential to your Land Rover’s longevity.

What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks for the 2004-2009 Land Rover Discovery, most of which you can do yourself at home. If you need more guidance, or step-by-step instructions, check out the video tutorials in our online manual or get our traditional printed manual.

Oil Change

Engine Oil Type Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/30 to ACEA B1/B3 Land Rover specification WSS-M2C-913B
Engine Oil Capacity 5.5 litres
Oil Drain Plug Torque 25 Nm
Engine Oil Filter Cover 25 Nm

Transmission Fluid Change

Manual Transmission Fluid Type Castrol MTF BOT338
Automatic Transmission Fluid Type Shell ATF M1375.4
Transfer Box Fluid Type Shell TF 0753
Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity 1.6 litres (drain and refill)
Automatic Transmission Fluid Capacity 9.5 litres (dry fill)
  5.0 litres (fluid renewal)
Transfer Gearbox Capacity 1.5 litres
Front Axle Capacity 0.6 litres
Rear Axle Capacity 1.1 litres (‘open’ differential)
  1.5 litres (ETM ‘Electronic Torque Managed’ differential)
Manual Transmission Fluid Filler Plug Torque 35 Nm* 
Manual Transmission Fluid Drain Plug Torque 35 Nm
Automatic Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque 35 Nm
Automatic Transmission Fluid Drain Plug Torque 9 Nm
Transfer Gearbox Fluid Drain Plug Torque 22 Nm
Transfer Gearbox Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque 22 Nm
Front Axle Fluid Drain Plug Torque 54 Nm
Front Axle Fluid Filler Plug Torque 34 Nm
Rear Axle Fluid Drain Plug Torque 54 Nm (Hex drive plug)
  28 Nm (3/8” square drive plug)

*Do not re-use

Coolant Replacement

Coolant Type 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water (Ethylene glycol based antifreeze with OATS corrosion inhibitors)
Coolant System Capacity 13.1 litres (with rear passenger compartment heating and fuel burning heater)
  12.1 litres (with rear passenger compartment heating, without fuel burning heater)
  10.3 litres (with fuel burning heater)
  9.4 litres (without fuel burning heater)

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Final Drives Castrol 75W-90 SAF XO (non-locking)
  Castrol SAF Carbon Mod Plus (locking - ETM)
Power Steering Texaco 14315 Cold Climate PAS fluid
Brake And Clutch Fluid DOT 4 brake fluid

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Roadwheel Nuts 140 Nm
Front And Rear Brake Caliper Guide Pin Bolts 35 Nm
Front Brake Caliper Mounting 275 Nm
Rear Brake Caliper Mounting 115 Nm
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor 9 Nm

Land Rover Discovery Maintenance Schedule

The maintenance intervals in our Land Rover Discovery manual are provided with the assumption that you, not the dealer, will be carrying out the work. These are the minimum intervals recommended by us for vehicles driven daily. If you wish to keep your vehicle in peak condition at all times, you may wish to perform some of these procedures more often. We encourage frequent maintenance, since it enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your vehicle.

 

Every 250 miles or weekly

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake and clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades
  • Check the condition of the battery and clean the terminals

 

Every 6000 miles or 6 months, whichever occurs first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter*

*Frequent oil and filter changes are good for the engine. We recommend changing the oil at the mileage specified here, or at least twice a year if the mileage covered is a less.

 

Every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever occurs first

In addition to all the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Check the condition of the brake pads and discs
  • Check all pipes and hoses for leaks and condition
  • Check the parking brake adjustment
  • Check the operation of all door, bonnet and tailgate locks. Lubricate all hinges and locks (including the fuel filler)
  • Check the steering and suspension components, including all hydraulic pipes and hoses, for leaks and condition
  • Check the condition of the auxiliary drivebelt
  • Carry out a road test
  • Drain the fuel sedimenter
  • Check the exhaust system for security and condition
  • Rotate the roadwheels to opposite sides of same axle
  • Renew the pollen filter
  • Check the condition and operation of all seat belts
  • Check the condition of the wheel speed sensor harnesses
  • Check the antifreeze concentration
  • Reset the service interval indicator

 

Every 24,000 miles or 2 years, whichever occurs first

In addition to all the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Check the driveshafts and gaiters
  • Renew the fuel filter element

 

Every 48,000 miles or 3 years, whichever occurs first

In addition to all the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the brake fluid
  • Renew the air cleaner element

 

Every 72,000 miles

  • Renew the transfer gearbox fluid
  • Renew the rear final drive fluid – ETM locking differential only
  • Renew the air suspension intake filter (where fitted)

 

Every 6 years regardless of mileage

  • Renew all flexible brake hoses and seals

 

Every 108,000 miles or 7 years, whichever occurs first

  • Renew the auxiliary drivebelt
  • Renew the timing belt and tensioner
  • Renew the fuel pump drivebelt and tensioner

 

Every 144,000 or 10 years, whichever occurs first

  • Renew the automatic transmission fluid
  • Renew the manual transmission oil
  • Renew the front and rear final drive fluid
  • Renew the coolant