Land Rover LR4: Watch out for These Problems
The Land Rover LR4 is built not only as a sophisticated SUV but also as a dependable off-road warrior. Luxury is embedded in the design inside and out. But even with its delicate features, it’s also built to be tough enough to conquer the rough road and endure mud, snow, rocks, and grooves. Unfortunately, this SUV with decent off-road capabilities may also break down. Some issues would most likely arise after the SUV is driven thousands of miles or after it was taken on a series of off-road trips. Here’s a quick guide on the things you have to watch out for.
Common problem areas
Over time, some parts of the vehicle would need to be replaced or repaired because of wear and tear. Some would need preventive maintenance. For the LR4, the most common problem area based on reported complaints and typical repairs done for the vehicle is the electrical system and air-conditioning. Some electrical parts may wear out or malfunction and would need service or replacement. The repair cost may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the damage and the parts involved.
Aside from the electrical and A/C system, another crucial part is the engine. Engine problems can make the SUV unreliable not only on off-road trips. This is crucial because lack of proper engine checkup and maintenance could lead to irreversible damage or expensive repair cost. The LR4 may not be driven properly and safely. Brakes and suspension are also other common areas for repair. If the LR4 is driven on rough terrains, the brakes and suspension system are exposed to the elements and put under a lot of strain because of the road condition. To ensure that the SUV is able to tackle different road and weather conditions, the vehicle must undergo routine brake service and regular suspension check-ups for guaranteed safety, stability, and ride quality.
More specific problems with the LR4 include brake pads and rotors that wear out prematurely, even as early as 20,000 miles. Others have also complained about wheels that chip off and wear out fast. If these will be replaced, it would be wise to invest in top-quality parts, considering the off-road capability, capacity, and performance of the LR4.
FAQs—Land Rover LR4
As a sport utility vehicle, it came to me as a surprise when I inspected the wheels of my Land Rover LR4. The tires are wearing out fast, and I cannot afford to replace all four of them at once. My driving is being compromised because of the condition of my wheels. What can I do to keep this from happening without spending so much?
First off, the LR4 is designed to withstand wear and tear because of its unmatched off-road capability. The reason why your wheels have been wearing out faster is your driving style. It can be due to your rugged driving, or your frequent driving over potholes or uneven roads. It can also be caused by poor maintenance or using low quality wheels. You should invest on high quality and durable wheels that would last for a long time, rather than purchase cheap, low quality ones. It is also important to practice tire rotation to distribute the wear evenly. You can do it on your own, and it would really be a big help to keeping your wheels intact.
I recently bought my brand-new Land Rover LR4. Everything was okay, until I reached my first 20,000 miles. Surprisingly, the brake pad warning light illuminated this week. I brought my vehicle to the service shop, and true enough, they suggested that I replace my brake pads and rotors. My vehicle is less than two years with me. Is that true or are they taking advantage of me?
No, they are not taking advantage of you. Unfortunately, this brake problem is not unusual to owners of this particular model of Land Rover. It also depends on how you use your brakes and how you maintain it. When this happens, you cannot just neglect it and let it be. You need to do as your technician recommended—replace both pads with new ones. Have the rotors checked if they also need to be replaced. It is also important to take proper care of your brake pads to prolong its lifespan.
I was on my way home when my LR4 has once again stalled on me. It has been like that for quite a while now. I'm worried that one day, I would need my vehicle to be towed. I cannot afford such inconvenience. What should I do?
You might want to check if your vehicle's fuel pump is working properly or if it has leaks. A damaged or failed fuel pump can cause your vehicle to stall, among others. It is also important to keep your gas from reaching its one-fourth mark. Make sure to fill it up again once you've consumed half of your tank. If, apart from stalling, you also experience bad fuel economy, then your fuel pump might be leaking. It could be causing your vehicle to stall and lose gasoline faster than before. Have it checked by an expert to diagnose if the part can still be fixed, or if it really needs to be replaced.