Freelander Repair Diary

So, my sister and her husband gave me their Landrover Freelander mainly because of it’s unreliability and them figuring that I would be able to provide enough running maintenance to keep it going. The initial problem was that although it was a UK spec car it was in fact on Belgium plates so I’ve had to wait 4 weeks for DVLA to cough up a new V5. Anyway it’s here now and tomorrow it’s going in for an MOT.

I’ve just spent an hour pulling the rear tailgate apart to try and track down the “window doesn’t drop when tailgate opens” problem. The Freelander has an electric window in the tailgate which is a nice feature. The window doesn’t have a surround to it, it’s just a sheet of glass standing proud of the actual door. To prevent it fouling on the various pieces of plastic trim around the roof line the tailgate has this feature that the glass drops about half an inch on opening and then returning to closed when shut. It doesn’t actually do this, threatening to snap the sheet of glass off if you attempt to access the boot without first opening the window manually. The electric window works fine under normal condition so it didn’t seem to be a problem with the window itself so I guessed that the problem lay with the lock mechanism which must have a switch in it to signal the cars computer to lower the rear window.

Thanks to eBay I bought a cheap replacement lock mechanism and fitted it – to no avail. Examining the problem a bit closer it appears that the windows does seem to be trying to drop on opening just to succeeding. In fact you can push it down the half an inch by hand so it appears that the problem probably lies with the mechanics of the electric window mechanism after all. I also refitted the original UK plates (hurrah).

Things I know need doing off the top of my head:

– Pretty much all the windows (electric) and sunroof (electric) need dismantling and servicing
– I need to fit some kind of coolant header tank water level warning sensor to try and give me an early warning of any head gasket shenanigans.
– The brakes need stripping down and pads/shoes replacing.
– I think that the IRD bracket may be cracked ( http://www.myfreelander.com/transprobs4.htm )
– I think that the rear diff bearings may be worn ( http://www.myfreelander.com/fdprobs4.htm )
– The gaiter around the front of the prop shaft shredded itself driving back from Belgium
– Check the Viscous Coupling to prevent prop shaft snapping hilarity

If you want as many good reasons as you can think of not to buy a Freelander read this:

http://forums.preloved.co.uk/fuseaction-forums.showdiscussion/thread_id-10411/4cf87374.html

(I should point out that this Freelander is a 1998 one and currently on it’s 3rd engine)

2 thoughts on “Freelander Repair Diary

  1. Here’s another good reason: they’re unnecessarily massive!

    Sounds like you’re having fun getting one working again though. At least it’s giving you a reason to write blog entries!

  2. Ah, but we folks who live on the edge of the New Forest have to have cars capable of dragging a dead horse 15 miles up an steep muddy hill.

    Also, it was free so you can’t complain. Still no news from the garage on the MOT though :(

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