This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask David Long about Range Rover Sport suspension problems after battles with pot holes.
My Range Rover Sport’s two offside wheels were damaged by large potholes – the incident is an ongoing issue with my insurance company. The garage checked for suspension damage and found none, but the driver’s side lower front arm rear bush was replaced at my own expense for £282. The garage said this wasn’t an insurance issue, even though it had replaced the equivalent passenger side bush eight months (3500 miles) ago and had inspected the driver’s side bush at the same time.
The car also completed a four wheel alignment check and then had an early MoT, where I asked for the suspension to be checked for damage. The tester gave it the all-clear, but pointed out that the car sits about 5mm higher on the driver’s side when on low suspension setting and that the whole front end sits about 20mm higher than the rear when on high (off-road) setting, even with the engine running. A new air compressor was fitted three years (15,000 miles) ago and the car rises and lowers without problem.
The suspension does seem harsher than it used to be, but perhaps the roads are worse. I have 20-inch Land Rover alloys with new General Grabber tyres for winter, and new
22-inch wheels for summer. Any comments will be appreciated.
B Craven, Dunsfold, Surrey
A vehicle’s suspension ride heights often require recalibration after suspension work has been carried out, especially the sort of work needed after the sort of incident you describe. This must be carried out by a franchised Land Rover workshop or a good independent specialist using Land Rover-specific diagnostic software. With the aid of such
equipment, it is possible to interface with the on-board computer system and alter each corner’s ride height.
This workshop advice appeared in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.