This LRO reader emailed LRO.email@example.com to ask our experts for help with a brake bleeding problem on his Land Rover Defender 130.
I want to fit extra lights and a winch to my new 110. I’ve been told there might not be copper wire in the loom and that I need to be careful not to upset the computer. Can I connect to the loom by cutting and using automotive connectors?
Peter Fenton, Whitchurch, Shropshire
There is wiring connecting the various computers that monitor the currents of the many components connected to them. Adding extra loads may cause trouble.
To be sure of avoiding problems, I’d supply a secondary fusebox direct from the battery and run your auxiliary lights and other new kit from that. Relays switched by the original wiring draw so little current that they won’t cause a malfunction should you integrate two systems.
Your winch will be direct to the battery, so will cause no problems. Run the engine at a fast idle when winching: much of the alternator outputwill be available to help the battery supply current.
This workshop advice appeared in the January 2016 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.