This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask David Long about Land Rover Discovery 3 wheel alignment.
My Disco 3 is under warranty from the garage I bought it from, and I think the steering has an alignment issue. The front tyres seem to be ‘feathering’ and the steering feels twitchy. It has just passed its MoT and I’m told all bushes and bearings are fine. The garage has put the car on a four wheel alignment rig and told me it’s okay. The front wheels seem to be a little splayed out, but that may be my imagination! Is there anything special about a Disco 3’s wheel alignment? I want to get this sorted under warranty and before it ruins a good set of tyres.
Alan Monk, Leyland, Lancashire
The suspension geometry of a Discovery 3 or Range Rover Sport is more complex than on earlier Land Rovers, and needs to be regularly checked and properly aligned. Commonly, trackrod assemblies on the steering shafts wear, as do suspension wishbone arms (usually the front lower and rear upper) as well as rear axle locating arms.
Find a good marque specialist who knows how to address this very common issue correctly. Ideally, take the vehicle to a Land Rover specialist who has direct experience of this model and can check for wear and misalignment in the various parts.
This workshop advice appeared in the November 2014 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.