Front Differential Replaced at 42,000 miles
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    Front Differential Replaced at 42,000 miles

    Brought my 2003 Range Rover in because of a service engine soon light and told the service advisor I've been hearing a sqeaking/whining sound coming from what appears to be the brakes. Had the brakes done at the same dealer a few months back and have been hearing that sound on and off. Turned out to be the front differential. Got it replaced under Land Rover Certified warranty and no more sounds. I saw the bill for the front diff and propeller shaft and the total came to about $1,200.00. Does the dealer cut LRNA a break? $1,200.00 seems like a small amount for a front differential job.

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    Hi roverman318, I had two front diffs replaced on my 03.

    The first went at 40,000 kms ( 25,000 miles ) the second was at 150,000 kms ( a little over 90,000 miles ) and out of warranty but LR paid for both.

    Got no complaints here with that sort of customer service and the low cost is probably why they do it.

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    Had two replacements on mine also. One under warranty at 42K miles and the second I paid for around 85k. Total cost to me $2,640.00. Asked dealer about LR participating in the cost and they told me no way! Called the LR rep and he practially laughed at me. As a side line, I have been contacted twice by a federal investigator who is investigating the safety issues surrounding these failures. I did file a report with them detailing my two adventures of failure.
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    Re: Front Differential Replaced at 42,000 miles

    Quote Originally Posted by roverman318
    Brought my 2003 Range Rover in because of a service engine soon light and told the service advisor I've been hearing a sqeaking/whining sound coming from what appears to be the brakes. Had the brakes done at the same dealer a few months back and have been hearing that sound on and off. Turned out to be the front differential. Got it replaced under Land Rover Certified warranty and no more sounds. I saw the bill for the front diff and propeller shaft and the total came to about $1,200.00. Does the dealer cut LRNA a break? $1,200.00 seems like a small amount for a front differential job.
    I guess it depends on the dealer. I was quoted $1600.

    $1600 isnt bad at all considering the vehicle's MSRP, but its that it usually fails without warning that bothers me. I could be in the middle of nowhere.
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    In the last couple of days, I get a screeching noise when turning the steering wheel. Was intermitant at first, but becoming progressively worse. Thought at first it was from the column mechanism, but when I opened the window, it seems to be coming from underneath.

    Roverman, is this similar to the sound you got? Anyone else had this? Could this be the signs of impending diff failure? Done 52k miles.

    Thanks.
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    Sounds more like a bad pully belt (maybe to loose) and the releaf valve on the pump when steering is on full lock. My diffs never made a noise till "bang Zing grind" Please select Netrul...Now your Stuck.

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    Thanks Moto I'll check, although I don't think it's that. The noise occurs (sometimes) before the steering reaches the end stops. It does get worse at the extremes, though. Also, noise occurs when car is stationary and just the steering wheel is moved. Feels like driving a time bomb........
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    I get that steering noise too. That's not the differential. I think that one has to do with the steering column. I complained about it once and the service advisor told me it probably needed this procedure that they got a service bulletin for. It was called a Steering Column Tilt Mechanism Upgrade. They did it and it is still the same. I just figured it was because of my bigger wheels and tires and it doesn't always make the noise so I just let it go.

    The sound you are looking for is like a very faint whine. It almost sounds like the light screech from your brake pads when the pads are low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taskam
    In the last couple of days, I get a screeching noise when turning the steering wheel. Was intermitant at first, but becoming progressively worse. Thought at first it was from the column mechanism, but when I opened the window, it seems to be coming from underneath.

    Roverman, is this similar to the sound you got? Anyone else had this? Could this be the signs of impending diff failure? Done 52k miles.

    Thanks.
    I had the same issue and my front calipers were shot. HOWEVER that amounted to a 1,500 repair bill so it's a wonderful life.

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    i had diff replaced at 90,000kms. like Moto One says, when it goes it goes and there's very little warning. mine snapped on a main road by the basketball stadium - toronto were playing NY. had thousands of crazy fans giving me grief because i was blocking the road. only tell tale sign was vibration in steering wheel when turning at low speeds eg parking.
    also had screeching and grinding noise and was due to warped calipers causing the pad to push against rotor at an angle so all sorts of [email protected] got caught between pad and rotor. . .
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