Because the Freelander 2 by Land Rover is designed to be taken off road, Land Rover ensure that they use only the highest quality auto parts in the design of this sport utility vehicle. Different types of terrain can pose problems for even the most rugged vehicles, so efficient suspension and dependable four-wheel drive and necessities. Though the Freelander is typically mechanically sound, some owners have mechanical issues with their Freelanders.
A frequent complaint of LR2 owners with later model vehicles is a whining noise that appears to come from the power steering. In idle, the whine is only slight, but with the car in gear and the wheels turned, the whine becomes extremely loud. This may be accompanied by the occasional shudder while negotiating a curve or just a more difficult feeling while steering. This situation can prove to be extremely dangerous while driving and should be addressed immediately by a professional.
The whining noise is typically the sound of the power steering pump struggling to circulate power steering fluid. If addressed promptly, the system may only need to be flushed. If left for a period of several days, it will ruin the pump and it will have to be replaced. Both of these repairs require special tools and time.
The helpful techs at your local Land Rover repair garage will be more than happy to provide you with an evaluation and estimate for this issue or any other you may be experiencing. Their personal service and commitment to a job done right will make you glad you skipped the dealership.
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