The Land Rover Freelander has a very common fault which is the failure of the differential unit. This is such a common fault hat Land Rover have released a technical service bulletin relating to it.
Basically the diff cant cope with the loads placed upon it and the bearing on the pinion starts to fail.
The symptoms the driver will notice is a humming noise from the vehicles and in severe cases it can get to become a metallic grinding noise. There are a few things to be mindful of here.
Firstly this fault is so common that a second hand unit is not advised. The chances of your new “used” differential being in a better mechanical condition then the one currently fitted to your car are slim to none.
This leaves owners with two options to repair this. The first is to remove the diff from the vehicle and replace the faulty bearing. We advise doing all bearings and seals at the same time. The second option is to just bin the car. So in reality you really only have one option.
The cost of this repair can fluctuate depending on how long this fault has been left. Once the metal fragments get through the whole diff it will do additional damage to all bearings.
Be careful if you are looking to buy one of these cars second hand. its common practice to just replace the diff with a second hand unit and sell the vehicle. Leaving the new owner to be stuck with this problem.
GDL Automotive Services has a qualified Land Rover and Range Rover technician in our team. Harith is based at our Warriewood store and you can read up about him and his qualifications by clicking here.
Contact our Warriewood branch if you have any Land Rover or Range Rover inquiries (02) 9979 5933.