This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask Andrew Varrall about foul steering play in her Land Rover Series III 88".
My Series III 88-inch station wagon, which I’ve owned for 19 years, has covered 100,447 miles from new. Parabolic springs were fitted about five years ago and they have given good service in that time.
However, it has just failed its MoT test on the grounds that ‘steering system fouling on front near-side leaf spring’. My local garage, which has always looked after our Land Rovers, seems unsure what to do about it. Can you help a lady in distress?
Lizzie Binns, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
After studying the photos you sent in, I’d say the only thing that can be causing this problem is wear in the actual springs – they’ve flattened, allowing the drag link to catch the main leaf. If anything else were bent or worn it would have been picked up by the MoT tester. So, unfortunately, you’ll need a new pair of front springs before you submit it for a re-test.
This workshop advice appeared in the August 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.