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As a Range Rover owner, I can’t help but laugh when people ask me about my car’s reliability. It’s like they think I enjoy living on the edge of constantly experiencing issues.
But all jokes aside, there are some maintenance concerns that every Range Rover owner should be aware of.
One of them is knowing when it’s time to replace your suspension.
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
In general, Range Rover suspension systems are built to last a long time.
However, it’s recommended to replace your suspension at around 100,000 miles or if you start to notice any issues while driving.
Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement
If you are experiencing any of the following issues, it may be time to replace your suspension:
- Your car is bouncing or sagging
- You can hear clunking or banging sounds while driving
- Your car is pulling to one side
- Your drive feels bumpy or uncomfortable
List of related OBD codes
If you’re experiencing suspension issues in your Range Rover, the following OBD codes may be relevant:
- C1A13- Front right height sensor signal faulty
- C1A20- Front left height sensor signal faulty
- C1A37- Air suspension compressor relay stuck
- C1A32- Rear left height sensor signal faulty
What can happen if not replaced
If you ignore signs that your suspension needs to be replaced, you may experience some dangerous consequences:
- Your car may become unstable while driving, making it harder to control
- You may experience poor handling, which could cause you to swerve or lose control of your car
- Tire wear could become uneven, leading to more frequent tire replacements
- The car’s suspension may fail completely, causing a very rough ride and dangerous handling.
Can it be replaced without a mechanic?
Replacing your Range Rover’s suspension is a very involved process.
It’s recommended to have a certified mechanic complete the work because it requires specialized equipment and knowledge.
Parts you’ll need to replace it
- New shocks and struts
- New air springs
- A new air compressor
Tools you’ll need to replace it
- Set of wrenches
- A socket set
- Jack and Jack stands
- A torque wrench
- A spring compressor
How to replace it
- Start by disconnecting the battery and jacking up the car.
- Remove your car’s wheels and take out the old air springs.
- Install the new air springs, making sure to apply thread sealant to the connections and torque them to the correct specifications.
- Remove the old shocks and struts and install the new ones.
- Install the new air compressor.
- Reconnect the battery and test the suspension.
How long does it take to replace my Range Rover’s suspension?
The process can take anywhere from 4-6 hours, depending on your level of expertise and the availability of tools.
Can I replace just one part of my suspension or should I replace it all at once?
It’s recommended to replace all parts of your suspension at the same time to avoid uneven wear and tear on the components.
Can I drive my car with a faulty suspension?
It’s not recommended to drive with a faulty suspension as it can cause dangerous handling issues and make your vehicle unstable.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023