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As a Range Rover owner, I know firsthand that these vehicles are notorious for their reliability issues.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Range Rover, but I’ve had to deal with my fair share of problems over the years.
One issue that many Range Rover owners run into is problems with their exhaust system – specifically when to replace it.
So, let’s dive into this topic and figure out when it’s time to replace your Range Rover’s exhaust.
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
If you’re searching for “When should a Range Rover’s exhaust be replaced?” the answer is pretty straightforward.
As a general rule, you should replace your Range Rover’s exhaust system every 5-7 years, or sooner if you notice any signs of damage or wear.
Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement
If you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your exhaust system, here are some signs and symptoms you should look out for:
- Loud noises coming from your exhaust
- Reduced fuel efficiency
- Strong exhaust smells
- Decreased engine performance
- Rust or damage to the exhaust system
If you notice any of these issues, it’s time to get your exhaust system checked by a mechanic.
List of related OBD codes
Here are some of the most common OBD codes related to exhaust system issues in Range Rovers:
- P0420 – Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1
- P0430 – Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2
- P0442 – Evaporative Emission System Leak Detected (Small Leak)
- P0455 – Evaporative Emission System Leak Detected (Gross Leak/No Flow)
What can happen if not replaced
If you neglect to replace your Range Rover’s exhaust system, you could run into some serious problems, including:
- Reduced engine performance
- Reduced fuel efficiency
- Increased exhaust emissions
- Engine damage
- Unsafe driving conditions
Don’t let these issues get out of control. Replace your exhaust system as soon as you notice any problems.
Can it be replaced without a mechanic?
If you’re a skilled DIY mechanic, it’s possible to replace your Range Rover’s exhaust system on your own.
However, keep in mind that exhaust systems can be difficult to work with, and you’ll need specific tools and equipment to get the job done right. If you’re not confident in your abilities, it’s best to leave the job to a professional mechanic.
Parts you’ll need to replace it
Here are the parts you’ll need to replace your Range Rover’s exhaust system:
- Exhaust pipe
- Catalytic converter
- Mounting brackets
- Exhaust hangers
Tools you’ll need to replace it
Here are the tools you’ll need to replace your Range Rover’s exhaust system:
- Wrench set
- Socket set
- Torque wrench
- Jack stands
- Safety glasses
- Work gloves
How to replace it
Replacing your Range Rover’s exhaust system can be a complex process, but here is a basic step-by-step guide to get you started:
- Jack up your vehicle and securely place it on jack stands.
- Use a wrench or socket set to remove the old exhaust system.
- If necessary, use a hacksaw to cut the old exhaust pipe away from the catalytic converter.
- Install the new exhaust pipe in place, connecting it to the catalytic converter.
- Slide the muffler onto the exhaust pipe and secure it with mounting brackets.
- Install new exhaust hangers to secure the exhaust system in place.
- Use a torque wrench to tighten all connections to the proper torque specifications.
Should I replace my exhaust system at a dealership or a local mechanic?
It’s up to you. Dealerships tend to be more expensive, but they may have more experience with Range Rovers specifically. Local mechanics may be more affordable, but make sure they have experience working with Range Rovers before you trust them with your vehicle.
Can I replace just one part of my exhaust system, or do I need to replace the whole thing?
It depends on the specific problem you’re facing. In some cases, you may be able to replace just one part of the exhaust system (such as the muffler), while in other cases you may need to replace the entire system.
Can I drive my Range Rover with a damaged exhaust system?
Technically, yes. However, it’s not recommended. A damaged exhaust system can reduce your engine’s performance and fuel efficiency, as well as increase emissions. It can also be a safety hazard, since it can affect your control over the vehicle.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023