When should a Range Rover’s main battery be replaced?

As a Range Rover owner and a mechanic with experience working on multiple models over the years, I’m intimately familiar with the brand’s well-known inclination toward experiencing reliability issues.

To put it in plain terms, if you’re a Range Rover owner, you may already know that you’re likely to experience one issue or another.

And the problem today is, when should you change your Range Rover’s main battery?

What models are affected?

When to replace

When it comes to replacing a Range Rover’s main battery, the answer is straightforward.

It’s time to replace the battery if it has been in use for over three years or gets discharged frequently.

Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement

There are a few signs and symptoms to look out for to know when it’s time to replace your Range Rover’s main battery. Some of the common ones include:

  • Difficulty starting your car
  • The battery warning light appearing on the dashboard
  • Slow engine cranking

Here are the common OBD codes you might see if it’s time to replace your Range Rover’s main battery:

  • P0562 – System Voltage Low
  • P0563 – System Voltage High
  • P1603 – Battery Backup Circuit Malfunction
  • P2502 – Charging System Voltage Low

What can happen if not replaced

If you don’t replace your Range Rover’s main battery when it’s time, be prepared to face the following problems:

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  • An unreliable and unpredictable vehicle that fails to start
  • Damage to the vehicle’s electrical system
  • Weakening of vehicle performance and acceleration
  • Difficulty shifting gears

Can it be replaced without a mechanic?

Yes, you can replace a Range Rover’s main battery without the help of a mechanic. However, before trying to replace it yourself, check the vehicle’s manual or consult a professional.

Parts you’ll need to replace it

Here’s what you’ll need to replace the main battery of your Range Rover:

  • New battery
  • Battery clamps
  • Battery terminal cleaner
  • Battery terminal brush

Tools you’ll need to replace it

To replace your Range Rover’s main battery, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Socket wrench
  • Pliers
  • Jumper cables
  • Safety glasses

How to replace it

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace your Range Rover’s main battery:

  1. Turn off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.
  2. Open the hood and locate the battery.
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4. Use a socket wrench to remove the battery clamps.
  5. Take out the old battery and dispose of it safely.
  6. Use a battery terminal cleaner and brush to clean corrosion off the battery cables and terminals.
  7. Place the new battery in the tray and secure it with the battery clamps.
  8. Reconnect the positive and negative cables.
  9. Turn on the engine.


How often do Range Rover batteries need to be replaced?

Range Rover batteries should be replaced every three years or when they discharge frequently.

Should I replace the battery myself or take it to a mechanic?

You can replace your Range Rover’s main battery yourself if you follow the instructions and use the proper tools. But if you’re not confident, consult a professional.

What is the average lifespan of a Range Rover battery?

A Range Rover battery has an average lifespan of three to five years, depending on usage.

Do I need to replace the battery if the car is still starting?

Yes, if the battery is older than three years or gets discharged often, it is recommended that you replace it, even if the car is starting.


Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023

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Gareth Boyd
Gareth Boyd

An avid Land Rover fan, and lover of all models, specifically Range Rover Sports. Having owned over 5 Ranger Rover models, he has encountered every error code and problem you could imagine!

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