Top 6 Common Land Rover Problems

Land Rover offers unparalleled luxury, off-road capability, and performance. The prestigious British SUVs can take you anywhere, whether you’re driving to work or through the snowy mountains on your way to go skiing.

Despite being one of the premier luxury SUV makers in the world, Land Rovers are not without issues. In this article, we are going to go over the top 6 most common issues we see across the Land Rover lineup.

1.) Parking Brake Failure

Land Rovers are known to have parking brake issues. Problems can stem from the Electric Parking Brake Module, which will cause the parking brake to stop working and trigger a light on the dash. If the module has not failed, you may hear a screeching noise when applying the emergency brake.

Another common issue related to the parking brake on Land Rovers is a misaligned cable. Without the proper tension, the parking brake will not work as it should. Worn parking brake shoes can also be the culprit.

When you are getting your Rover serviced, have the technicians check the alignment of the parking brake cable to avoid problems. If you are getting the parking brake module replaced, be sure to replace the rear brake disc, pads, and shoes as well.

2.) Air Suspension Issues

Most vehicles with air suspension run into problems, and Land Rovers are no exception. While the air suspension system provides a smooth and quality ride, it’s more prone to failure than a conventional spring and strut setup. If an airline to the suspension leaks, it will force the air compressor to operate constantly to compensate. You will eventually notice sagging suspension, and the compressor may fail from overuse.

Depending on how far along the issues are, repairing faulty air suspension in a Land Rover can be expensive. If the compressor fails, the repair price will rack up significantly.

Land Rover air suspension

3.) Coolant Leaks

This issue is common on the throttle body of older Discovery models. The de-icer will leak coolant onto the engine, which will eventually make its way to the ground.

4.) Oil Leaks

Oil leaks plague many vehicles. On Land Rovers, oil pans and valve covers are especially susceptible to leaking oil. Leaking oil is bad news, and over time can result in excess wear and tear on engine internals that is not getting proper lubrication.

5.0 supercharged V8 Land Rover

5.) Parasitic Draw

The LR2 model from 2007 forward has a parasitic draw issue. Parasitic draw drains the battery even when the car appears to be off. This issue is so prevalent in the LR2 that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Land Rover.

6.) Leaking Sunroof

A leaking sunroof can expose important electrical components to water, causing them to fail. Not to mention, water dripping into the cabin of your car is not something you want while you drive in the rain.

The most common cause of a leaking sunroof on a Land Rover is a pinched drain, which allows water to bypass the seal and enter the cabin.

SECOND GENERATION RANGE ROVER P38A

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My Car Clicks But Won’t Start, What’s Wrong?

When you get in your car in the morning for your drive to work you expect it to start. When it doesn’t start, not only are you stranded, but you have to deal with the anxiety that comes with unknown car problems. However, in many cases, a no-start issue is not a catastrophe. If you turn the key to crank the engine and get nothing but a clicking noise, several potential issues could be to blame. Here are the top three most common causes of a car clicking but not starting.

Before reading on, take note of the type of click you hear when trying to start your car. A single click and a repeating, rapid click can indicate different issues.

The Battery is Dead

A dead battery is one of the most common causes of a no start. A low or dead battery doesn’t have enough power to turn the starter motor and will result in a rapid, repeated clicking noise when you turn the key.

Leaving your lights on overnight can quickly kill your battery. If this is the case, you can jump-start your car with a jump pack or off another car with a good battery. The good news is as long as your battery is not too old, once you jump the car and get the battery charged, it won’t need to be replaced.

Positive and negative jumper cables

Poor Battery Connection 

A bad connection can result in a no-start condition that mimics that of a dead battery. If your car won’t start, check the terminals and wires for these potential problems.

worn battery post

Loose Terminal

They may have come loose after thousands of miles of driving. Simply tightening the terminal to the battery post can restore the connection needed to start your car.

Corrosion

Corroded battery posts and terminals can cause poor battery connections and make your vehicle unable to start. You can easily spot built-up corrosion on the battery. It will often appear as a white, blue, brown, or green substance depending on the type of metal your battery posts and terminals are made of. Corrosion is the result of hydrogen gas releasing from the sulfuric acid inside the battery reacting with gases in the air.

Removing corrosion can restore the connection and allow the car to start.

Check the Battery Cables

Another common cause of a poor battery connection is damaged battery cables. Keep an eye out for exposed insulation or wires in the cables that might be stopping a good connection.

battery terminal wires

Bad Battery

If your car is not starting and you have confirmed that the connection is good and it’s been placed on the charger, the battery may be bad. An auto parts store or repair shop will be able to test your battery and confirm whether or not you need a new one.

Bad Alternator

The alternator is responsible for keeping the battery charged while your car is running. The starter motor uses a lot of power from the battery, and the alternator ensures it has enough charge to start again after you park. While a bad alternator is not the direct cause of a no start and click, it can cause a dead battery. A technician can test the alternator to make sure it’s functioning as it should.

Bad starter

The other issues we’ve covered present with multiple rapid clicks when you turn the key. If you have confirmed the issue is not battery-related and you hear one solid click when you try to start your car, you likely have a bad starter. The solenoid that engages the motor or the starter motor itself can go bad. In this situation, it’s best to have a technician look at your car to confirm the problem.

car starter solenoid

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