2010 Land Rover Defender L313 platform

Vehicle almost as good as new

less than 20,000KM on the odometer

Bought brand new a few years back with just 10KM on the odometer

Has done just two oil changes since purchase

Has a 2.4 TDI Puma/Ford/LR diesel engine

Any ideas how to begin to troubleshoot this?

There are absolutely no codes to rely on!

  • Partially blocked exhaust pipe? That won't stop the engine firing, but the back pressure will stop it running. Try disconnecting the exhaust from the block, as an experiment (warning - if that fixes the problem, the result will be LOUD). – alephzero Jul 15 '18 at 16:51
  • @alephzero never thought of that...an interesting proposition... will try it out and provide feedback – ElectronicsNewbie Jul 15 '18 at 17:09
  • Before taking off the exhaust, you should read the codes as they may give a better insight to the real issue... – Solar Mike Jul 15 '18 at 17:41
  • Does it have a dpf? – Solar Mike Jul 15 '18 at 17:44
  • It has thrown absolutely no codes – ElectronicsNewbie Jul 15 '18 at 18:35

There seems to be a couple of common things with the Puma that cause a non start.

  1. Fuel Pressure Relief Valve which is on the high pressure pump
  2. Fuel Metering solenoid which is on the fuel rail
  3. Immobiliser if fitted

Using live data on a diagnostic tool will point you in the right direction with the above.

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