Troubleshooting Land Rover Check Engine Light

Troubleshooting Land Rover Check Engine Light

Is your Land Rover check engine light on? Learn how to troubleshoot the problem and know how to fix the problem using an OBD-II Scanner. Follow the procedures below to fix the check engine light problem.

Land Rover check engine light or Engine Service Required message may come on due to a loose gas cap, but it can also indicate an engine problem, EVAP system leak, or transmission malfunction.


Range Rover Check Engine Light On

Common symptoms you may notice when your Land Rover check engine light comes on:

  • Service required a warning message on the dashboard.
  • Engine Rough running
  • Engine Misfire or juddering
  • Lack of power
  • Poor throttle response
  • Unusual sounds
  • Smoke from the exhaust

The check engine light may come on in some cases, such as EVAP leaks, but no performance issues appear. Fuel consumption may be higher than normal.

How to Diagnose and Reset Land Rover Check Engine Light

With a check engine light on, you need to find out what caused it. This section will teach you how to use an OBD-II scanner to read codes and reset the Land Rover check engine light.


The YOUCANIC Full System Scanner can read and clear fault codes through every vehicle’s control module.


  1. Locate the OBD-II port under the dashboard. Plugin your scanner into the rover obd 2 port location
  2. Turn on the ignition but do not start the rover engine on
  3. Enter the Engine Control Module (ECM) by selecting it.
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  4. Scroll down to Read Codes and press enter. All fault codes will be displayed on the screen, along with a short description of the problem.

Fix any problem that came up in step five. Return to the main menu and select Clear Fault codes instead of reading codes.

If the Land Rover check engine light is reset without fixing the underlying problem, the check engine light will come back on. Depending on the problem, the check engine light may come back on as soon as you restart the engine, or it could take up to a week.

What causes problems trigger the Land Rover check engine?

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Common issues that trigger the check engine light on Land Rover vehicles.

  • Worn spark plugs
  • Ignition coil
  • MAF sensor
  • Oxygen sensor
  • Catalytic converter
  • Loose gas cap
  • EVAP leak
  • Vacuum leak

In addition to the causes listed above, the following problems are common issues that affect Land Rover vehicles.

  • Timing Chaing – Newer 4.4-liter V8 engines are prone to timing-related problems caused by chain guides that wear out. Early symptoms are intermittent knocking and metallic rattling from the engine bay, usually more prominent during deceleration. With time, chain tension can wear to the extent of causing a ‘check engine light. You might also experience a loss of power, sluggish acceleration, and poor idle. Although the most common code is a ‘crankshaft/camshaft correlation,’ you might get some other timing-related codes. Related DTC: P0016

  • Crankshaft Position Sensor – If your Land Rover has intermittent starting issues, look for stored codes related to the crankshaft position sensor. The problem usually starts as an occasional crank-but-no-start situation, especially when the engine is hot. With time, it can display other symptoms, such as misfire, cutting out, and stalling. Related DTC: P0335

  • Mass Air Flow Sensor – In the case of a ‘check engine light triggered by various Systems to lean codes, the first thing to check is the MAF sensor. Although cleaning with special MAF fluid might help, the sensor will need to be replaced in most cases. Other possible causes for these codes are various vacuum leaks. Related DTC: P0170 “ P0174

  • Fuel Pump –  Models with 4-cylinder TD4 diesel engines are known for going into limp mode without apparent reason. When that happens, the engine will not go over 3000 RPM, there will be no boost from the turbocharger, and you will notice a considerable loss of power. A faulty low-pressure fuel pump can cause this issue in the fuel tank. DTC: P1260

  • Intercooler Hose  All Land Rovers with 2.2-liter diesel engines can have a damaged top intercooler hose. This is a design flaw, as the hose chafes on a nearby bracket. In addition to a ‘check engine light, you will experience a lack of power and acceleration, combined with a hissing sound from the engine bay.  When replacing, make sure to install a modified intercooler hose. Related DTC: P0101

  • Shift Solenoids – With an automatic gearbox, you might notice hesitation when shifting or even an intermittent inability to shift into 3th and 4th gear. This is caused by sticking shifting solenoids resulting from poor maintenance. Try changing gearbox oil and filter; if that doesn’t help, replace shift solenoids. Related DTC: P0783

What does it mean when Land Rover Check Engine is Flashing?

If your Land Rover check engine light flashes on and off, it indicates a misfire on one or more cylinders. Typically this is caused due to a bad spark plug, faulty ignition coil or could indicate a clogged catalytic converter.

If the check engine light is flashing, do not drive or keep the engine running. To prevent any additional engine or catalytic converter damage. Check engine light on all 1996 and newer Land Rovers, including Discovery, LR2, LR3, LR4, Discovery, Evoque, Defender, etc.


Hundreds of possible problems can cause the check engine light on your Land Rover to stay on. The most common issues are spark plugs, oxygen sensors, and catalytic converter failure. Instead of guessing what is wrong, use an OBD-II scanner to read the fault codes.

We hope you find the Troubleshooting Land Rover Check Engine Light guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Land Rover.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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