Here are the details of my experiences with the replacement of my 2005 Land Rover Discovery 3 turbo. These would apply equally well to a Discovery 4 or Range Rover Sport.  If you are unfortunate enough to be having turbo problems with your vehicle, I hope that this might make it all a little less stressful and expensive.

If you are handy with a spanner and don’t mind having a go, then I would say that the replacement of the turbo is well within the range of a DIY mechanic like me. 

Before you start, consider that your vehicle will be off the road for at least a week, so be prepared.

It is essential to spend the time to jack up all four wheels off the ground and support the vehicle with suitable blocks and/or axle stands.  Make sure it is safe and secure on level ground and that you have enough space to work from underneath.  Ensure that the battery is disconnected before jacking up.

Symptoms of a Turbo Problem


Upon acceleration the car will suddenly drop in power and you will have limited power available, also referred to as “limp mode”.  This can be intermittent . Sometimes this can be reset by switching the engine off and on again.

If you think you have a turbo problem, the first, most economical “fix” you can try is to see if the turbo actuator has become stuck. Here is a link to a video on how to free your turbo actuator.

If the turbo actuator has become faulty, you will need to replace the entire turbo as it would appear that the actuator part is not available separately.

In this video I show you how I changed the turbo on my Land Rover Discovery 3, without the aid of a car ramp, and without the need to remove the car body.

Items Required for the Job


Below I list all the items that I have used and recommend, with links to find them for your convenience.  There are also one or two that I would absolutely purchase beforehand should I ever need to do it again, for example the under car creeper in place of the cut down dining chair!!  (Disclaimer – If you purchase through one of my links, I may receive a tiny commission.  Rest assured this won’t cost you a penny more, but will go a small way to help me to maintain and update this site, for which I would be hugely appreciative.)


If you are interested in any of the items I have used or recommend, simply click on the links below to view the products.

Ratchet Jack Axle Stands

Under Car Mechanics Creeper

3 Tonne Trolley Jack

LED Torch Inspection Lamp

Mechanics Tool 90 Piece Set

Vinyl Gloves

Owners Workshop Manual


The Turbo


The genuine Land Rover part is priced at over £2,000.  The replacement turbo I used was a Borg Warner part priced at around £800.  I found the most competitive price on Ebay.  I can recommend the Borg Warner.  It is a name I trust and after 4 years I have had no issues with the part.  Remember that the turbo has sensors that are connected to the engine ECU and a poor quality part may, or may not, work correctly. Knowing the amount of work required to replace the unit, I don’t think it’s worth the risk gambling with a cheaper part.

This turbo is suitable for:

  • Discovery 3: All model years 2.7TdV6 Diesel
  • Discovery 4: All model years 2.7 TdV6 Diesel
  • Range Rover Sport: All model years 2.7 TdV6 Diesel


Click on the links below to view the items I have used: 

Borg Warner Turbo (part no. LR021042)

Turbo Charger Mounting Gasket Kit



Quick Overview of the Project


Jack up the car and ensure that it is safe.

Remove the front wishbone.

Remove the front prop shaft and cross member that supports the gear box.

Remove the heat shields to provide access to the turbo.

Remove the 3 bolts on the exhaust.

Remove the exhaust and the catalytic converter.

Remove the 2 studs at the top of the turbo. I used a homemade tool (13mm ring spanner welded to a socket).

Remove the bracket of the turbo. i used a homemade tool (pipe wrench welded to a socket).

Lower off the oil pipe by removing two torque head screws.

Remove the turbo.

Replace with new turbo and reconnect everything.


More details can be found in the Haynes Workshop Manual


Safety Disclaimer

Please do take all possible precautions whilst performing these repairs and replacements. Working under a car can be very dangerous.  These videos and notes are merely a representation of my experience carrying out the job and I cannot be held responsible for any injury or damage howsoever caused.




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