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Chili Aficionado HEMA Warrior

Zaw has been part of the team since March 2020. He's well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a fully qualified mechanic, he's already completed level 3 Automotive Engineering

Zaw has been in NZ since primary school, originally from Thailand he’s kept his love of the Thai cuisine with a particular passion for chilli! In fact as well as working on Land Rovers here during the week he also helps his wife Lily with their business making & selling authentic Thai chilli sauce – Tins Thai Chill

Zaw has many hobbies & has recently taken up a form of medieval battle reenactment & sword fighting called HEMA.
Zaw takes satisfaction from a job well done & is always keen to learn, he’s gaining excellent knowledge of all the processes & systems that are so important to keep modern Land Rovers running as they should.


Automotive Engineer Land Rover Enthusiast

I am a self employed Automotive Engineer. In my limited spare time I build and race cars.
Over time I have become a Land Rover enthusiast, fixing and modifying them to reach places others can't.

Land Rover Diagnostics

By Uncategorized

British 4wd Specialists are equipped with the most capable diagnostics, The Autologic Land Rover package and 4 channel Pico Oscilloscope.

For those who came in late, it is the benchmark of all aftermarket diagnostics developed initially for Land Rover. The rest is history. Today Autologic  is the market leader.

Your Land Rover is serviced at British 4wd Specialists with the same standards as any authorized Land Rover Dealer would seek to maintain. In fact the personal attention given to your vehicle is what makes us exclusive Land Rover specialists in the Nelson region.

Land Rover Cambelt Help

By Land Rover Essentials

 Land Rover Cambelt.  Do I Have One?


Is a question I’m asked on a regular basis.  As well as when do I need to change it?  So I thought I’d start making a list of all the models,  how the cams are driven & when the belts need changing.  Mileages quoted are for non-arduous use.  When time is quoted it’s a case of whichever occurs earlier.



200 tdi Approx 1990-1994  Belt driven 120,000 KM or every 6 years.

300 tdi  Approx 1995-1999  Belt driven 120,000 KM or every 6 years.

TD5  Approx 1999-2006  Chain driven.

Puma/TDCi 2.4 & 2.2.  2007 onward.  Chain driven.



Disco 1   1989-1998

200 & 300 TDI same as Defender above.

3.5 & 3.9 V8 Chain driven.

Disco 2- 1999-2004 Both petrol & diesel options are chain driven.

Disco 3 – 2005-2008  2.7 TDV6 diesel.  Belt driven (front & rear cambelts) change 168,000 KM or every 7 years.  Petrol models chain driven.

Disco 4 – 2009-2017

2.7 TDV6 Belt driven (front & rear cambelts) change 168,000 KM 0r every 7 years.

3.0 TDV6 or SDV6 Belt driven (front & rear cambelts) change 180,000 KM or every 7 years.

Petrol models are chain driven.


Range Rover

Classic 1970-1995  Only 200 & 300 tdi models have cambelts, treat as Defender & Discovery.

P38 or Range Rover 2  1995-2002  Both petrol & diesel engine options are chain driven.

L322 or Range Rover 3 2002-2012  All engines are chain driven.

L405 or Range Rover 4 2013 onward only the 3.0 V6 diesel is belt driven.


Range Rover Sport 2005-2013

2.7 & 3.0 TDV6 & SDV6 Diesel models are belt driven, treat as Discovery 3 & 4.  Petrol models are chain driven as is the 3.6 TDV8 diesel.


Range Rover Sport 2013 onward 

3.0 V6 Diesel is belt driven.

All other engines are chain driven.


Range Rover Evoque 2011 onward

2.0 petrol & diesel models are chain driven.

2.2 diesel Belt driven change at 240,000 KM or every 9 years.


Freelander 1 1997-2005

1.8 k-series petrol belt driven change every 120,000 KM.

2.0 l-series diesel (1997-2000) belt driven change every 80,000 KM (front & rear belts on these).

2.5 KV6 petrol (2001-2005) has 3 cambelts (one front, two rear) change every 120,000 KM.

2.0 TD4 Diesel (2001-2005) is chain driven.


Freelander 2 2006-2014

2.0 Ecoboost petrol chain driven.

2.2 TD4 Diesel belt driven change every 240,000 KM or every 9 years.

3.2 i6 petrol is chain driven.


Discovery Sport 2015 onward

2.2 diesel is belt driven.

Ingenium engines are chain driven.


As a rule of thumb timing chains are supposed to last “the life of the engine”.

The only chain system I’ve seen seriously fail is the 4.4 Range Rover BMW V8 fitted from 2002-2005.  It is known to break it’s chain guides & send horrible metal swarf all through the engine, requiring a full strip & rebuild.  So if you have a high mileage one of these & plan to hold onto it, give us a call to make a plan.

As far as Land Rover cambelt & replacement are concerned, British 4WD Specialists stock a good range, have all the tools & are regularly carrying out this work for our customers.

One further note on Land Rover cambelt replacement is the matter of Discovery 3/Range Rover Sport 2.7 TDV6 oil pump failure. There have been cases where the pump body has cracked after a belt change causing the tensioner to break off & the engine to lose timing (pistons hit valves etc etc).  Due to the tensioner being mounted on the body of the pump, the new belt (being tighter) amplifies any weakness that already existed.

Land Rover have brought out a modified (stronger) oil pump casting & we always recommend to our customers that this is changed at the same time.  It may cost a bit more, but nothing like the cost of destroying one of these engines.

Land Rover Wheel Alignment

By Land Rover Tips

For optimum results, before setting the wheel alignment on certain models (Discovery 3 or 4, Range Rover Sport or full size Range Rover from 2006)  the suspension control module must be set to tight tolerance (wheel alignment mode).   We then recommend the friendly staff at Tyres and More to complete the alignment.  Once this procedure is complete, return the vehicle and we’ll reset back to normal drive mode.   This is one of many special functions only available to British 4WD Specialists’ customers due to our use of the Autologic diagnostic tool.

Land Rover Cooling System Awareness

By Land Rover Maintenance

The Land Rover cooling system is such an important part of these legendary vehicles.

But all too often we see them in a state of neglect.  A poorly maintained cooling system can seriously damage your engine & will let you down, usually at the most inconvenient time………

British 4WD Specialists Nelson New Zealand Land Rover Cooling System

Here are a few simple things that owners can do to help keep their Land Rover cooling systems in tip top condition.

  1. Regular level checks. When topping up don’t just use water.  Land Rovers like a 50% concentrated coolant to water mix.  Coolant in older models should be changed every 5 years or so.
  2. Check your hoses for leaks, bulges, splits & chaffing.  Also give them a gentle squeeze, hoses should feel nice & supple. Crunchy hoses or hoses that have soft points need replacing.
  3. A lot of the V8 models have the fan attached to the water pump pulley.  Give the fan the occasional rock back & forth to spot any excessive movement in the fan coupling or water pump.
  4. Belts can sometimes be hard to see, but check for cracks where possible.
  5. If you don’t know your vehicle’s history or have concerns on overheating, it’s a good idea to remove the radiator & have it professionally cleaned, we do this whenever we sell a vehicle. Usually changing all the hoses & always flushing & replenishing the system with fresh coolant at the same time.

At British 4WD Specialists we keep a good selection of quality Land Rover cooling system essentials such as cooling hoses, water pumps, thermostats & radiator caps.

We’re also on hand to carry out all the maintenance & repairs necessary.  So if you find yourself loosing coolant contact us to nip it in the bud before disaster strikes!


Book your Land Rover in for a service here!
Or if you would just like to have a chat feel free to just drop us a line.