Concerning the LR Servicing Guide included in this month's LRO. On page 41, continuing to page 42, it states that 'castellations on the tyres on a Freelander 1 may be caused by a VCU problem'. This is partly true. The magazine then goes on to state, 'The biggest tyres should always be on the front.' This is incorrect and goes against recommendations made by Land Rover, who state that if only two tyres are to be fitted they must be fitted to the rear axle, which should always have the largest tyres fitted. Failure to abide by this rule can result in damage to the VCU, IRD and rear differential.
Ed Evans confirms that, 'On Freelander 1 the problem can be caused by a viscous coupling problem but is most likely due to fitting new tyres, or a brand with a slightly larger diameter, to the front. The biggest tyres should always be on the rear.'