Guides – Common Problems
Land and Range Rovers are very complex vehicles, and should be serviced and maintained with special care. Some problems Land Rover owners experience can be brought to their attention before actually reaching crisis point, in order to avoid additional repair costs.These are some most common problems, possible solutions, and how to detect them before they actually occur.
A rattling noise coming from under the centre of the Land Rover could be one of the catalysts. Check it when the car is warm and idling. The best thing to do is to take the car to the garage and get it up on a lift. If the matrix inside the catalyst has broken, then the whole unit with rattle needs replacing.
If you live in warmer climate, it is advisable to use the 10W-40 or 20W-50 oil. If you live somewhere where is quite cold, use rather the 5W-40W. This will help the car to start faster and will eliminate flooding problems.
If the engine of the vehicle falters or stops when it gets hot, a failed amplifier module might be the problem. The module is located above the distributor. All that needs to be done in this situation is to buy an Amplifier Module Relocation Kit that will move the part off the distributor.
Sometimes you might find it hard to start the engine if it’s too hot. The solution is to replace the fuel temperature sensor. The sensor is responsible of providing fuel to the engine. If the engine gets it too much or too little, the problems with starting may occur.
If you experience any problems with steering or if the car jumps over bumps, there may be a problem with the steering system or an alignment problem. It’s cheaper and easier to align the wheels, so you might want to check this first. If this does not turn out to the be the issue, then the steering system needs to be checked. All the parts of the steering system must be lined-up correctly at the proper angle, otherwise the system won’t work as it should. If there is a problem with just one offending part, the whole system won’t need replacing.
The steering components need checking especially after off-roading. That is when steering is most vulnerable to damage. It is a good idea to check the steering before and after going off-road. Have the parking brake on and the engine off, then turn your steering wheel back and forth, listening for pops and looking for looseness in the tie rod ends.