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1998 Land rover 4.0SE the strangest thing..the rear brakes would not bleed. Breaks spongy and by the third step on break it would finally stop. ABS,TC, break lights are on and also the gearbox fault came on and the rover would not start. SO! We noticed that the air conditioner had been coming on when we start the RR seemed to be running the battery down...COULD THAT BE WHAT HAPPEN (this RR had been sitting up for approx 3 year. we got a new batter and have not reconnected the air conditioner. THE GEAR FAULT light went out. BUT now Suddenly the brakes are NOT spongy.. I still have to press hard to stop the RR. abs those lights are still on Wondering about this breaking system- does the battery play a role and why would breaks now be just hard to press. Don't know what to do here? should I reconnect air condition or will it keep draining battery? Could the batter just have been old ( it was low when we had it checked)

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  • sondra p May 13, 2009

    Thanks Billy17 :

    No the service engine light has not come on.. But we also replaced the spark plugs just in case. Spark wires were in great shape.

    Thanks Justin Tech.-- We will check and see if lines are clogged and let you know findings. But for I have to to use 2 feet to press the breaks, Im a small woman,l olol

  • billie ramos
    billie ramos May 11, 2010

    no the battery only helps by letting you crank the engine and giving you power....

    i am pretty shure that you have vaccum type brakes and they work off you engine........

    when the ABS light came did you had the service engine soon light come on too?



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Hey jazzee95,

Rand Rovers are very funny, all the systems run off the referance battery voltage. When the voltage down below the systems freak out and set codes and warning lights.

As far as the rear brakes not bleeding that is the craziest thing i have every heard. I have never had that happened to me on any Land Rover, or car for that matter. Maybe the line is clogged?, and make sure their is brake fluid in the overflow reservoir.

Now if the ac/ is on all the time, even when it is switched off in the truck, it could be training the battery. That may be the reason your battery is draining. If you dont want to spend alot of money on it i would go to a place like auto zone were they scan it for free and try to figure out what the codes are and delete them and see wear your at after that.

well thats a start, let me know how it works out, thanks!

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