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Freelander 1 Who would have believed it.

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Bugsy, Apr 14, 2017.

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  1. Bugsy

    Bugsy Active Member

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    Having found some slight but odd tyre wear on the rear of my Freelander (outer wear on OS and inner wear on NS) I followed 'Hippo's' advice to check the VCU. Tippex test - OK, they moved. Bar with weight test - the wheel turned nicely with 5kg on a 1.2metre bar.
    Next up is an alignment check booked for next week, but in the mean time I have just had four new tyres fitted Bridgestone Dueller Sport HP's.
    What a difference on the road, smooth, quiet and positive.
    I have always replaced just two tyres before, putting them on the back despite garages telling me it's not necessary. Fitting all four in one go has removed all differences in diameter and it really does make a difference.
    I've still got the 'locked-diff' style snatching with full lock on our gravel drive but on the road it's sweet.
    One question: The VCU remains pretty-well cold after a 25 kilometre run, is that a problem or not ?
     
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    teddywood1 Well-Known Member

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    have you had the steering checked .
     
  3. Bugsy

    Bugsy Active Member

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    Booked in for next week.
     
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    Alibro Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'm not convinced you can tell much by the temp of the VCU, If it is turning nicely with a 1.2m bar then you know it isn't jammed solid and if you get all four wheels spinning on wet grass then you know it is working as a VCU. It would only get very warm during a drive if you have an issue with your tyres as it is being forced to rotate quickly which is what they're designed to resist.
     
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    Thanks for that. I'd just read so many thread talking about it should be warm and not too hot to touch.
     
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    My VCU warms above ambient temperature after my 10 mile commute. Not much of a temperature rise, maybe 10 degrees above ambient.
     
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    Mine is timing at about 50 seconds with 5Kg @ 1.2M
     
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