Land Rover Freelander Engine Problems

Land Rover owners have reported repeated engine problems.

1. Head Gasket Problems, Overheating, and Engine Failure  

Many head gasket failures have been reported on the Freelander engine on the vehicle and it has been determined that this has been commonly caused by a condition where a cylinder sleeve  has “dropped” in the engine block (meaning that the top of the sleeve has moved below flush with the head gasket surface of the block).  The condition occurred often enough that Land Rover issued a bulletin (Technical Bulletin #0036, dated June 16, 2004) for it’s dealership technicians to provide a process for
inspection and evaluation when a vehicle came in for repair.

This bulletin also addresses an overheat condition diagnosis and repair, and engine overheating often accompanies head gasket failure. The head gasket would have failed primarily because the tension of the crushed compression seal ring would be compromised as the sleeve moved lower into the block and away from the cylinder head, ultimately allowing coolant intrusion into the combustion chamber and combustion gases into the cooling system.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Brake Problems

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vacuum pump and power brake problems are under federal investigation after drivers complained about losing brake power assist.

NHTSA investigation of Range Rover brake problems

NHTSA Range Rover Brake problem investigation

According to one source,

The 30,000 model year 2012-2014 vehicles are equipped with 2-liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) engines that use single-vane engine-powered rotary vacuum pumps as the only source of vacuum to the brake boosters.  The vacuum pumps, attached to the rear of the engines and driven by the intake camshafts, need a constant supply of engine oil for lubrication, cooling and for sealing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says problems with engine oil supply to the pumps can cause significant problems, with a loss of brake booster vacuum. Drivers will experience problems using the brake pedals that will result in longer stopping distances or more significant issues.  Read complaints about Land Rover vehicles.

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If you purchased a Range Rover with brake problems, you may be entitled to compensation or other relief.  Call for a Free Consultation, (973) 598-1980