by Alain Hoffmann
I already pointed out the water pump and how to check that. But in the last 30 or so years accessories more and more appeared in engine compartments of Rovers like fleas on a dog on a hot summer day. Best to nail a noise to one of them is to disconnect it from it's drivebelt.
Not that easy if you got one of those newfangled engines with the serpentine belt. In this case it leaves only the option to check every item with your trusty sthethoscope. But again try to get accustomed to the noise slowly before you junk an perfectly good item. Even brand new alternators and compressors sound like an steel can full of marbles when you listen to them. The problem is to distinguish a good from a worn part. So calibrate your ear first.
Another very common and annoying noise is the clutch release bearing on coil sprung Land Rovers. I always mount a new one when I get around freeing the clutch as they have a tendency to wear out. I did this 3 times in the last 2 years and every and each single bearing started the same rubbing noise after only a few miles down the road. So I decided that's the way Solihull intend their cars to sound and leave it in peace. This noise however disappears when you PUSH the clutch. If you have a rattling noise that APPEARS when you push the clutch that same bearing is shot. This means out with the engine and replace the sucker.