This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org looking for advice on keeping his Freelander 2 and its differential in perfect harmony.
I drive about 10,000 miles per year in my 2011 Freelander 2 TD4, including about 1500 miles towing a small two-berth caravan. The Freelander has covered 24,000 miles, has never been used off-road and has never gone into four-wheel-drive mode. I’ve heard that the rear diff can fail on the TD4 and would like to know how I can prevent this in terms of maintenance and servicing. Also, what maintenance does the Haldex unit need to ensure a long, trouble free life?
Paul Irving, Tarporley, Cheshire
You can read a lot online about rear diff failure on the Freelander 2, but do bear in mind that only people who have had a problem will write about it - there’s no fun in telling a forum that your Freelander has had no faults!
The rear diff and Haldex unit oils are scheduled to be changed every 150,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes sooner. However, I personally think this is too long for oil to be in anything and I’d change it at least twice as often as this - somebody very clever told me many years ago that fresh oil is the cheapest spanner you can buy!
The Haldex unit has a filter that should be replaced at the same time (part number LR032298, costing about £30). The only further maintenance I can suggest is to check regularly that there are no oil leaks and that the wiring connectors going to the Haldex unit are in good, clean condition.
This workshop advice appeared in the July 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.