The bypassed heater trick is usually done when you don't want to fix a leaking heater core (matrix) and can live without a heater - it's a helluva job, entire dash out to R/R it or the A/C evaporator.......probably a good idea to run the heater briefly once in a while to circulate fresh coolant/anti-corrosive and definetly when flushing/filling the cooling system.
To prepare for really hot conditions, make sure coolant is high quality, and fresh.....consider using Redline "Water Wetta". Make sure viscous clutch on fan is good - if not replace with extreme duty type........ make sure electric auxilliary fans are working correctly.
Use a good synthetic engine oil......some LR's (my old D1 did) have engine oil coolers consider fitting one if you haven't got one.
If your Discovery is automatic, fit an auxilliary oil to air auto transmission cooler if not already fitted.
Fit a transfer case oil to air cooler if you haven't got one - my old D1 had these too but I think some later Discovery's had these as options and not standard.
Consider a power steering cooler too.
Last edited by Doctor W; 10-11-2011 at 08:36 AM.
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