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noise from front- left/middle not wheel bearing

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by thegrendal, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. thegrendal

    thegrendal New Member

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    Freelander 2.0L TDi,54 plate, making a noise, not sure how to describe it but similar to a wheel bearing except it does not get louder/stay the more speed you pick up
    It seems to be at its worst in second gear between 20 & 30 MPH.
    I think it is coming from the nearside but nearer the middle, i was convinced it was the offside wheel bearing so replaced today (nightmare- the race was stuck solid to the hub and I had to grind it off, as 5 different chisels, heat and too much time later it was still stuck solid).
    Went for a test drive but the noise is still there- I am now at a loss as to what it could be.
    The freelander is pretty new to me, I have worked on many rovers (214, 420, 45, 75) but the freelander is a different car entirely.
    If anyone would be willing to offer advice, I would be very grateful.
     
  2. Singvogel

    Singvogel Well-Known Member

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    99% sure it'll be the VCU mounting bearings.

    One either side the VCU - usually the front one goes first as it gets more road-crud thrown on%
     
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    thegrendal New Member

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    Thanks Sinvogel- your reply & help is greatly appreciated. Wish I had asked before I wasted my time doing the wheel bearing!
     
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    tonynicola New Member

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    plugged in my 2001 freelander to the computer ,engine management light malfunction keeps coming engine fine ,just a malfunction of the light,any suggestions on how to fix
     
  5. Grayo

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    :hijacked: Might be a good idea to start your own thread.
     
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    Exactly the same as how my VCU bearings just failed, sounded more from the NSF wheel, removed prop and noise gone...
    Replaced the bearings and alls good, popped the seal on the old bearings and they were full of rust!!!
    Not supprised really.. the amount of dam water laying everywhere!!! good fun tho..

    Not unusual for the inner part needing to be ground off, they usually do!! if you ever have the outer race stuck in something, run around the inside of the race with a welder, allow to cool and it will fall out..
     
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    I had the same symptoms with the noise on mine.
    On You-tube, there are a couple of very good videos regarding the changing of the vcu/prop carrier bearings either side of the VCU and as it sounds like you are handy with the spanners, it is probably worth you having a go at this yourself.

    I was recently charged 2 hours labour by an Indy and adding the cost of the bearings and VAT it came to just under £300.
     
  8. Grayo

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    And me. Had mine changed 15 months ago at a cost of around £300. They have started making a noise again so I am going to change mine this coming week. GKN bearings cost me £36.50 from Foundry 4x4 the time is all my own.

    If you do contact Foundry 4x4, make sure you ask for the GKN with FAG bearings.

    Parts & Accessories for Landrover & all 4x4: Freelander
     
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    :rulez: intro first, then search. You wont get any useful replies asking like that.

    @OP agreed with Singvogel, try the vcu bearings first, plenty of threads here. fairly straight forward fix, as already stated, try with prop off to confirm it..