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Land Rover Range Rover Top 5 Issues

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Range Rover – Perfect for Life in Houston

A Range Rover is perfect for Houston living. Both are spacious, powerful, and luxurious. H-Town is also one of the most populous cities in the United States and the most populous in Texas. Its economy is dominated by a very competitive oil & gas industry, which keeps gas prices low –perfect for a gas-guzzling Range Rover.

History of Range Rover

Having a Range Rover is a sign of wealth, and Houstonians, on average, make more than the average US household. So, we can see why Range Rovers are so popular in H-Town. But how did Range Rover become such a status symbol?

Range Rover is manufactured by British multinational carmaker, Land Rover, and was launched in 1970. Since the beginning, Range Rovers were designed to be luxurious SUVs and they have continued with this tradition ever since. However, unlike other luxury-SUVs, Range Rovers are engineered to be true off-road vehicles. Interestingly, according to the Range Rover’s original designer, they were not meant to be the status-symbols that they have come to be.

Top 5 Range Rover Issues

That said, Range Rovers are not free from issues with reliability and expensive parts. So, whether the original designer intended for them to be for the rich or not, they are expensive vehicles to maintain nonetheless. Here are the top 5 Range Rover issues to look out for:

5. Oil Leak from Front of Car

There have been reports of oil leaks for older and new Range Rover models. For example, a 2017 owner said that they noticed oil and fluid leaks all over their garage floor. The issue has been identified as an oil leak developing from the front crankshaft seal (pictured above). Fortunately, there is an easy fix with a repaired seal from the manufacturer, If you are having this problem, get in touch with us here and make your appointment for a visit.

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4. Rough or Unstable When Idle

Range Rover drivers have reported a rough or unstable experience when the vehicle is in idle. The problem has been identified as a leak in the intake manifold vacuum (pictured above). Fortunately, this is an easy fix with a repaired intake manifold gasket. If you are having this issue, make sure to bring your Range Rover to the European Service Center. You can make your appointment here.

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3. Sound From Engine Area When in Idle

A chirping type noise has been reported by Range Rover drivers when they are in idle. This issue has been identified to be coming from a faulty drive belt idler pulley (pictured above) and can be easily be fixed with a repaired pully. If you are experiencing sounds from your Range Rover engine, then bring it by our service center so we can properly inspect it. You can book your appointment here.

2. Illumination of the ABS Warning Light

Range Rover drivers are reporting that the ABS warning light is turning on. After careful investigation, the problem is caused during severe wet conditions (which Houston sees a lot of), whereby water is causing corrosion in the ABS modulator electrical connector. This issue is solved by installing better modulator ground leads which provide a better seal for the connector. Make an appointment with us today. If there is corrosion, then that has to be dealt with first before installing the new ground leads.

1. Shaking or Pulsing While Driving

Drivers of several Range Rover model years are reporting a shaking or pulsing when they press the brake or during regular driving. The problem has been traced back to a common issue of misshaped brake rotors. This is usually caused by worn out brake pads. Please make an appointment and bring your car in for an inspection. This way we can replace any worn out brake pads and warped brake rotors.

At European Serice Center, we understand European vehicles. We have been servicing them for over 35 years, and enjoy highly rated reviews from our clientele. Not only do we have the experience with Range Rover, but we can repair and service most European models. Give us a visit at our Houston service center; our ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any issue your Range Rover might be having. Schedule your appointment today, and get our 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all of your work for that extra peace of mind.

2011 Land Rover LR4 Timing Chain Tensioner Problem

Land Rovers are great cars in terms of performance, comfort, and reliability. Even so, if you own a Land Rover, then you may encounter a problem with the timing chain tensioner. Here, we have a 2011 Land Rover LR4 with a faulty timing chain tensioner. The timing chain tensioner maintains an appropriate level of pressure on the timing chain while the timing chain, in turn, holds all the mechanical components of the engine together. Thus, failure of the timing chain tensioner could affect the timing chain and by extension, the whole engine of your Land Rover.

How A Land Rover Engine Works

When the engine is running, the timing chain stretches and as it stretches, the timing chain tensioner takes up the slack. With more mileage covered by the car, the timing chain tensioner is bound to completely wear out at some point. When the tensioner fails, the timing chain is exposed to excessive slacking which could cause a lot of damage to the engine of your car. A slacking timing chain will cause a slapping or clanking noise each time the engine is fired on. An illuminated check engine light, engine stalling, backfiring, or timing faults will ensue among a host of other engine related problems.

To repair this issue, we will replace the worn-out timing chain tensioner with a new one which will have your engine running as good as new. Nevertheless, you do not have to wait for your timing chain tensioner to completely fail before you get it fixed. Once your car has hit about 60,000 miles, then you should consider changing your timing chain tensioner. Additionally, regular servicing and maintenance of your vehicle can help you detect and resolve problems before they even happen.

Here is a video tutorial on the repair.

2011 Land Rover LR4 – Timing Chain Tensioner Issues

2011 Land Rover LR4 – Timing Chain Tensioner Problem

Land Rover are great vehicles in terms of performance, comfort, and reliability. Even so, if you own a Land Rover, then you may encounter a problem with the timing chain tensioner of your car. Here, we have a 2011 Land Rover LR4 with a faulty timing chain tensioner. The timing chain tensioner maintains an appropriate level of pressure on the timing chain while the timing chain in turn holds all the mechanical components of the engine together. Thus, failure of the timing chain tensioner could affect the timing chain and by extension, the whole engine of your Land Rover. Here is a video tutorial on the repair.

When the engine is running, the timing chain stretches and as it stretches, the timing chain tensioner tightens the slack. With more mileage covered by the car, the timing chain tensioner is bound to completely wear out at some point. When the tensioner fails, the timing chain is exposed to excessive slacking which could cause a lot of damage to the engine of your car. A slacking timing chain will cause a slapping or clanking noise each time the engine is fired on, an illuminated check engine light, engine stalling or backfiring and timing faults will ensue among a host of other engine related problems.

To repair this issue, we will replace the worn out timing chain tensioner with a new one which will have your engine running as good as new. Nevertheless, you do not have to wait for your timing chain tensioner to completely fail before you get it fixed. Once your car has hit about 60,000 miles, then you should consider changing your timing chain tensioner. Additionally, regular servicing and maintenance of your vehicle can help you detect and resolve problems before they even happen.

 

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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Brake Services by European Service Center

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