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Tests new Freelander 1 owners should do on their car

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by GrumpyGel, Mar 15, 2017.

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    Avocet1 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like it probably is seized, but maybe worth repeating on another wheel, just in case you have a binding brake. What happens when you try to drive it slowly in a circle on full lock, forwards or backwards? Does it feel OK in a straight line, but like the brakes are binding on full lock?
     
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    good point about the brakes binding so may as well try the other side. before the one wheel up test I reversed on full lock both ways and it felt like the brakes were on
     
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    Yes. I would take it off immediately regardless of what it feels like when reversing as this test is very much subjective. Do you know exactly how it should feel as a little tightness is normal?
    As GG says, the front bolts are torx but I've never used torx sockets to take them off. 1/4" hex sockets work just as well.
    Remove the bolts from front and rear props and support the prop shafts with a bungie or similar, then remove the bolts for the VCU and lower it down onto a milk crate or similar.
     
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    wonder if you can help me again I have a 2005 Freelander TD 4 facelift model auto , cad the when I select drive (D) I have noticed that on the selector the (d) and the (R) light comes on ? and on the dash its showing the HDL light on as it flashes F- 4 alternately , when I drive it like this it seems as if it is not getting up to the top (D) gear , not sure if it is 5 or 6 everything else works ok
     
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    Not applicable here.

    Start a new thread about it. There is also quite a bit of info about F4, some of it within the last couple of days, that you can search on.
     
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    If I may add to the list of Freelander 1 troubles, I don't know how common it is but if mine is left for more than a day or two with the handbrake on, particularly in wet weather, the brake will be seized when I try to move off. It can usually be rocked free but after it was left parked up for a week the brake was so badly stuck that the shoes broke up and had to be replaced.
     
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    That used to happen to mine too, eventually I just used to leave it in gear with the handbrake off.

    Col
     
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    I think that's an issue with all older cars, even new cars suffer the same, I don't think Freelanders are worse than any others.
    Cleaning the rust off and the handbrake mechanism, replacing anything too rusted up and making sure everything moves freely should help. It's probably just a bit seized up.
     
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    With mine, it was a case of the brake shoes sticking to the drums. All the linkages and cables were free.

    Col
     
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    +1. If I'm leaving anything with drum brakes parked-up for more than a few days, just shove it in gear and leave the handbrake off. Learned that the hard way with my trailer after leaving it with the handbrake on for several months...
     
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    Yes, I hardly ever use the handbrake on my series when I park it, the noise it makes when the brake
    suddenly lets go frightens the bejesus out of me.

    Col
     
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    With regard to rust etc this wasn't the problem with mine as while replacing the shoes everything was thoroughly cleaned but the shoes had stuck again overnight, luckily they freed off easily. Since then I only ever use the handbrake if I have to park on a steepish hill.
     
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    Hi very new here!!,
    I’m really worried now! I’ve just acquired a Freelander1 in mint condition for its age 04 plate V6 with only 36000 miles on the clock! I know very little about car mechanics I fear now that I’ve made a huge mistake! I’ve noticed already that it’s got different make tyres front and back! The drivers door doesn’t open on the fob (but will with the key), there was a lot of damp inside the space where the jack is kept and where a funny looking box thing is that has something to do with the radio I think? And last night someone told me that the rear N/S brake light isn’t working! For all my previous cars I’ve used the same reliable garage to maintain my cars and they’ve been brilliant. Will they be able to cope with my Freelander1 I’m starting to wonder or do I have to take it to a proper Land Rover garage? (That if course I’ll be paying a fortune for), You were talking about looking under the vehicle for those things but I’m that clueless! I only know how to do the usual basics! ....... panic is starting to set in!! Should I be even thinking I’ll be able to cope with an old Freelander1??
     
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    Freelanders are brilliant although the v6 is a bit thirsty. Water getting into the Jack storage area is a problem, I never worked out how it was getting into mine, the brake light will just be a duff bulb, a five minute job. You need to change the tyres for all matching make and tread before damage is caused to the vcu and other transmission parts. The door lock is a problem common to all cars these days. Any half decent garage can repair freelanders.

    Col
     
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    Hi Col, thanks for the reply!, phew you’ve made me feel a who lot better saying that.... thanks very much! Nearest place to find the correct bulb now is Halfords 14 miles away and my luck it will be a unusual bulb and they won’t have it!!
     
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    They are standard bulbs as far as I remember, I had to change one of mine once and it was an easy task. Doesn't your local supermarket sell some car related stuff, how local Sainsburies does. If you have to travel 14 miles get a couple of bulbs cos once one goes, the other goes soon after.

    Col
     
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    Most things on a Freelander are easy, except for a few key items, like AWD system repairs, as most places don't have a clue, much like tyre places when fitting tyres.
    The Freelander is hyper fussy on tyres, all must be identical, and the least worn of those must go on the rear.
    If this isn't followed, the serious damage can be done.

    Bulbs and stuff is just normal, as is the fish tank in the boot. My V6 was dry when I owned it, but it was wet in there, when I had it back recently for some repairs before selling it.
     
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    On mine the plastic gutter at the roof line that the window slots into has a longitudinal crack in it and the rain runs down the inside of the glass and fills the boot box up with water
     
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    That's interesting, I wonder if that was my issue. My freelander has gone to a new home so I'll never know.

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