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    Default 2000 P38 Not Starting

    Hey, I’ve been on here awhile and I’ve always gotten very accurate and reliable help so here I go again. I have a 2000 P38 that’s not starting anymore. When I turn the key, nothing, not even the “click click” . I was told that it could be the alternator or starter but in general, I thought there is usually sometime before when you start to realize they’re going bad. This happened all of a sudden. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem or has any idea what it could be? Thank you

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default No start

    Do the dash lights come on when the ignition key is turned?
    All the lights work OK?
    Check the battery/power connection down at the starter and where the switched power is on the solenoid, they may have worked loose/corroded.
    Les Parker
    Tech. Support and Parts Specialist
    Rovers North Inc.

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    All lights are functional. I've checked the battery life and its close to 95%. A few people told me that it's probably an electrical issue dealing with the fuses but I wasn't sure.

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    Post $$ in exchange for your help!!

    I am very willing to offer $$ in exchange for useful information that helps with my situation. If you are able to tell me (based on your extensive knowledge) what is wrong and what I need to do to correct it, I will compensate you for your time and knowledge.

    My situation: I have a 2000 Range Rover 4.6HSE. Just recently it has stopped “working”. The battery is fine, I’m tried jumping it but to no avail. I was told that it may be fuses or the relays but have yet to purchase any because why spend more $$ if that’s not what’s wrong. If you are able to figure out that it is then you will be rewarded. When I turn the key, the engine does not turn over, I hear a “clicking” noise coming from the fuse box area. I wasn’t sure if it was the starter or alternator. Usually they gradually go bad and there are early signs that there is a problem. Nevertheless, I’m not ruling anything out. Anyway, if you have a good idea what it is, please let me know. You can email me at or and we can exchange information and I can send you $$ if you figured out the problem.

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    Its possibly that the battery in your range is not heavy duty, and even if its 95%, it might not have enough kick to get it going, just a suggestion. Sometimes they get swapped out unfortunately if it isnt your reg mechanic

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    Join Date
    May 2008
    Oregon Dunes


    Andy, can you jumper across the starter with a heavy screwdriver to spin the starter motor? Make sure the truck is in PARK and the hand brake is set. If the starter works, you have eliminated that.

    You stated that even getting a jump from another battery doesn't help so I am eliminating the battery as well.

    Have someone turn the key while you listen for the "Click" and try to isolate it. This is probably the solenoid or an auxiliary starting relay that drives the solenoid. Attach a volt meter to the starter solenoid and determine whether any battery is being applied when the key is turned.

    If not, the auxiliary relay contacts could be bad or the battery connection to that relay are loose or deteriorated.

    Wish I could just drive over and fix it for you!! This is more difficult!

    Does anyone know if the HSE has anti theft immobilization devices installed? This would seriously complicate the fix!!!

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    Be very, very careful when jump starting these. You can fry the BCEM very easily.

    This is going to sound daft, but push the car 100 yards down the road and try it. They are very prone to interference from radio/telephone masts. They will imobilise the car.

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    Oct 2007
    Down south.....for now.


    Does the check engine light come on? If not, than it lost its security. You'll need a T4 to reset it.

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    Jan 2007
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Default What is a T4?

    What is a T4
    1971 109 Safari Wagon (1 ton chassis)
    1995 LWB Range Rover Classic
    1997 Defender 90 (repaired at last)
    2001 P38A Range Rover

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    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    twisties~South Lake Tahoe tarmac rallye style


    Land Rover authorised service repair diagnostic tool "T4".

    also available for diagnostics is the Super Scan II by DEC.
    Cheers, Thompson
    Art & Creative Director, Rovers Magazine
    Rovers North, Inc.

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