The Land Rover Range Rover is considered a king of the off-road. It's durable build and cutting-edge design allows it face all types of weather and terrain. The vehicle isn't invincible though; various problems also plague this automobile legend. Read on to find out what they are.
A problem in manufacturing has left a number of 2003 to 2005 Range Rovers with a misaligned front differential coupling sleeve and propeller shaft. Driving with such misalignment present may wear out the differential spline, leading them to shear. Signs of this defect are the presence of odd noises and vibrations. Recalls for the Land Rovers began in January of 2006 and Range Rovers that were brought in had a new propeller shaft, heat shield and flange kit installed.
The automatic transmission housing is susceptible to water contamination; the water could mix in with the automatic transmission fluid and significantly affect its operation. This will lead to various operational failures, chief among them being a malfunctioning park lock function. If a Range Rover is left without its hand brake properly engaged, the vehicle could roll away, causing damage and injury. A quick inspection by authorized dealers was given to determine whether or not a Rover's automatic transmission is defective. Repairs and fluid flushes were done as necessary.
The idler pulley on the left side of the engine usually operated under heavier loads than they were originally built for. This was caused by a miscalculation in the design, which had the manufacturer convinced that the pulley was capable of handling such loads when in reality, it wasn't. Operating under such conditions may lead the pulley to break, creating a slack in the serpentine belt that could stop other engine functions such as the air conditioning, the water pump, and the alternator. A recall for the vehicle was issued in December of 2000 and affected vehicles had new and improved idler pulleys installed.
The Range Rover is susceptible to engine fire, a situation that is brought about by two different situations. In one situation, a number of tubes and hoses in the engine compartment could fail, leaking engine oil and other fluids. If these fluids were to come into contact with an ignition source, it could start a fire. In another situation, the transmission breather tube is vulnerable to water contamination and ice blockage. This ice blockage could force transmission fluid out the tube and onto the engine, where an ignition source could set it ablaze.