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Brakes, suspension & tyres Land Rover Freelander 1997 - 2006 Diesel 2.0 TD4

OnDemand step-by-step maintenance & repair BETA

Land Rover
1997 - 2006  | 2.0 TD4 Brakes, suspension & tyres

  • time 20 minutes
  • difficulty 3
Start with the front wheels
With the wheel off the ground, check for wear in the wheel hub bearings by grasping the wheel and trying to rock it. Very slight play is OK, but if the movement is appreciable you should seek further advice
Now remove the wheel
Now locate the brake pads. There are two, one on each side of the disc. Locate the brake pad's wearing surface. It's the wear material that is pressed against the brake disc to slow the vehicle when the brake pedal is applied
Using a ruler, measure the approximate thickness of the remaining wear material on the brake pad. If it is less than 2.0mm all front pads need replacement. If you need to replace the front pads, click below

Front brake pads replacement

TIP! Virtually all cars have this inspection window in the brake caliper body, and you can usually see the brake pad thickness from here
Now quickly check all the brake pipes for condition, check for any leaks, also inspect the rubber gaitors for integrity. Should the front strut need to be replaced, click below

Front suspension strut replacement

It is a similar procedure with the rear wheels. Check for wheel bearing movement, then remove the wheel
This model has drum brakes. The minimum brake shoe wear thickness is 2.0mm. If you need to replace the rear shoes, click below

Rear brake shoes replacement

Take a good look around the brake system and suspension arm, checking for any leaks. Should the rear shock absorber need to be replaced, click below

Rear suspension strut replacement

Check the rubber exhaust mountings
Before refitting the tyres, take a look at the tyre tread. There is a UK legal requirement to have a minimum of 1.6mm remaining tread depth. Also check sidewalls for any kerb damage
Finally, check the condition of the spare wheel / emergency tyre repair system