This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask David Long about power steering issues with their Land Rover Freelander 1.
I recently bought a Freelander GS V6 that was first registered in September 2001. The vehicle has covered about 60,000 miles and appears to be in good condition. I’m generally very happy with it, with the exception of the steering, because although it’s power assisted, it still feels very heavy. I don’t think the tyres are the problem.
It is fitted with Nexen CP641s (215/65R16) all-round and they’re run at the recommended pressures stated in the vehicle handbook. Is this a common problem with this
vehicle? The power steering hasn’t leaked and in the two months in which I’ve used the vehicle I haven’t had to top-up the steering fluid. I would very much appreciate your diagnosis.
Brian Dixon, Reading, Berkshire
I suggest you start by checking the universal joints in the steering column, because they commonly become tight or seize up altogether. Another possibility is that the power steering pump could be at fault. When nearing the end of its life, it can make the steering feel tight, especially on extreme lock. Also, I’ve replaced a few steering racks because of wear in the worm drive.
This workshop advice appeared in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.