The complete guide to crank starting your Series Land Rover
Land Rovers are funny old things, that’s part of the reason we love them. The heritage and simplicity of the Series models means that sometimes they need a little encouragement to get going again. And that’s where the starting handle/crank comes into its own.
What may appear to be a simple exercise can go wrong, broken thumbs aren’t uncommon if the engine kicks back and you’re unfortunate enough to be holding the hand crank in the wrong way. But fear not, vidinur.com have come up with the dos and don’ts of crank starting your Series complete with handy videos.
In their opinion the most common reasons for the Landy not starting are:
- The ignition key may be faulty
- The battery may be flat, not enough juice to turn the engine
- The solenoid may have died
- The starter dynamo is not working properly
- Disengage the gear
- Turn off the ignition key
- Choke the carburetor
- Turn the engine using hand crank few times to prime carburetor
- Turn the ignition key on
- Place the hand crank at 10 – 12 o’clock position if you are left handed or 5-6 o’clock position if you are right handed (slightly before 12 or 6 is perfect)
- Hold the crank handle by “cupping” it with your finger (place your thumb above the handle with the rest of your finger)
- Pull the handle as fast as you can to 2 o’clock position if you left handed or to 7 o’clock position if you are right handed
- hope that you are lucky if not start from number 2 again
If your engine is warm just start from number 6 (do not forget to disengage the gear first… one thing that you need to remember: ONLY PULL the hand crank NEVER PUSH..!