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As someone who has owned multiple Range Rover models over the years, I’ve definitely experienced my fair share of reliability issues with this car.
But one issue that affects all cars regardless of make and model is brake pad wear. So when should a Range Rover’s brake pads be replaced? Let’s dive into it.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
When to replace
Brake pads should be replaced when their thickness is around 3 millimeters or less.
However, it’s important to refer to your car’s owner manual for specific recommendations regarding when to replace them as this can vary depending on driving habits and other factors.
Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement
One of the most obvious signs that it’s time to replace your brake pads is if you hear a squeaking or grinding noise when you apply the brakes.
Other signs include a noticeable decrease in braking performance, a vibration or pulsation in the brake pedal, or if your brake warning light comes on.
List of related OBD codes
- C1211- Brake Control Relay Coil Circuit Short to Battery
- C1212- Brake Control Relay Coil Circuit Short to Ground
- C1214- System Relay Contact or Coil Circuit Open
- C1246- LR Inlet Solenoid Valve Circuit Open
- C1247- LR Outlet Solenoid Valve Circuit Open
- C1248- RR Outlet Solenoid Valve Circuit Open
- C1265- ABS Outlet Valve Coil RF Circuit Short to Ground
- C1267- ABS Outlet Valve Coil LF Circuit Short to Ground
- C1271- ABS Hydraulic Pump Motor Circuit Short to Ground
What can happen if not replaced
- Reduced braking performance: As the brake pads wear down, the amount of pressure applied to the brake discs decreases, which reduces the car’s braking performance.
- Increased stopping distance: As the brake pads become more worn, it takes longer for the car to come to a complete stop, which can increase stopping distance and potentially lead to accidents.
- Damage to other components: Worn brake pads can cause damage to other brake components, such as brake discs and calipers, which can result in more expensive repairs down the line.
Can it be replaced without a mechanic?
Yes, brake pads can be replaced without the help of a mechanic.
However, it’s important to have some basic knowledge of car repairs before attempting to do it yourself.
Parts you’ll need to replace it
- Brake pads
- Caliper grease
Tools you’ll need to replace it
- Lug wrench
- Jack stands
- Socket wrench
- Torque wrench
How to replace it
- Start by loosening the lug nuts on the wheels that need new brake pads.
- Use a jack to lift the car off the ground and place jack stands under the car to keep it elevated.
- Remove the lug nuts and wheels.
- Use a C-clamp to compress the caliper piston, which will allow you to remove the old brake pads.
- Insert the new brake pads into the caliper bracket and secure the brake pad retainer clips.
- Apply caliper grease to the backs of the brake pads and the contact points on the caliper.
- Reinstall the caliper and torque the bolts to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Put the wheels back on and tighten the lug nuts.
- Lower the car to the ground and torque the lug nuts to the manufacturer’s specifications.
How long do brake pads last on a Range Rover?
The lifespan of brake pads can vary depending on driving habits, but they typically last between 30,000 to 50,000 miles.
How much does it cost to replace brake pads on a Range Rover?
The cost to replace brake pads on a Range Rover can vary depending on the year and model of the car, as well as the cost of labor in your area. On average, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 per axle.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023