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Hi all - I have a 09 TDV8 with 57k on the clock. Apart from the racket from the front end when travelling on anything apart from a freeway(stabilizer bushes?) it has developed what sounds suspiciously like a loose wheel bearing. Although the beast is under warranty, I would still like to be informed when talking to the service manager esp. since one of the mechanics expressed doubts re the sm's capacity.
 

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I know there's a question in here, I just can't find it. I'm guessing its one or both of the following:

1. What are the symptoms of a bad wheel bearing?
2. What are the telltale signs my service manager has diminished capacity?
 

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Oh yeah- question should have been can anyone provide a pic and/or info of the front drive? I have had 3 classics and replaced several sets of wheel bearings and a whole lot more over the last 20 years, but I know diddly about RRS's. The beast has a 100,000k dealer warranty, and I don't want the run around I got when the front suspension started clunking after only 15000k. The dealer rectified at the 36000k service with a set of stabilizer bushes (although they are screwed again after a trip around the top end of Western Australia) Hence I need info to ensure the bearings are adjusted/replaced now, not when the dealer can no longer deny the problem. Speaking of bushes, has anyone replaced originals with Nolothane or similar and if so, what was the result? BTW, great forum.
 

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The OP had a previous w/b issue on the rear. Check out the link and see the post from Rich998a. He indicates that the front is available as a hub assembly, and since less labor is involved I'm guessing that's what the dealer will do vs. replacing the bearing, if its warranty...but I don't know what LR specifies for your region.

http://www.rangerovers.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=39750&hilit=wheel+bearing

I don't have access to the LR procedure for the front, but some guys here do, so maybe they'll chime in.

Regarding poly bushings, I'm not there yet, but when I need to replace the OE sway bar bushings, I'll be putting poly ones in. If you go off road I think its a smart choice. IMO there are a couple of downsides though: I think they let a bit more road noise through and they'll squeak after a while. The latter can be eliminated if you get the ones with zerk fittings on them and regrease once in a while.
 

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Cheers for the info - have used poly bushes on RR classic and Subaru liberty and you are right - they are pretty noisy, and HARD. Never had them squeak though....
 

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Before you go diving in to replace the wheel bearing, make sure your tyres are not worn out as that can also simulate the whoo whoo whoo of the worn bearing.
 

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Before you go diving in to replace the wheel bearing, make sure your tyres are not worn out as that can also simulate the whoo whoo whoo of the worn bearing.
And make sure its not the lhs wheel bearing. I replaced the wrong wheel bearing one time, I kid you not. That sound is hard to locate correctly and if the push me/pull me test on the lift doesn't pinpoint the offender...
 

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at last service, knowledgeable sm says nothing wrong with wheel bearings because no slop apparent.... tyres are only about 25% worn. However they are Yokohamas with reinforced side walls and harder compound than the contis so they could be the culprits... or maybe not.
Stabilizer bushes are now squeaking like a Ford front-end and the RRS front end sounds like a foundry despite 'tightening it all up' at the 60000k service....
So back to the dealer we go for a little discussion about things in general and wasting time in particular.
 

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Has there been any resolve to your issues so far with the Stealer Dealer ? Any further information you can provide for a more specific diagnosis of the apparent fault might be helpful as you didn't mention the sound coming from the rear end as well !

A simple tyre rotation from back to front might be a logical starting point, followed by checking suspension mounting points on a hoist dynamically and concurring with a specialist Land Rover mechanic nearby who could of experienced similar issues.

The off-highway conditions in outback West Australia are the worst I've personally witnessed down under, where most 4WD's stick with more compliant factory rubber bushes since poly-types damage suspension arm holes or chassis mounting points.

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Vinniman - tyres rotated, noise is less so I think that the stiff-walled and wearing Yokis are the culprits. Re the front end clatter, I had it on a hoist trying to locate slop with a big lever, and couldn't find any. DId the same thing with the tyres on the floor and still nowt. BUT now as I come down my drive and turn left onto the road, I feel the vehicle shift on the suspension slightly, so something is definately not kosher. All I got so far from the stealer is a text asking if I was happy with the last service (for which there was NO CHARGE - suss?). Then I got a call from the receptionist wanting to know what the issue was. Have heard nothing since and have been to busy to take the jigger back yet. Although yesterday I got a lovely invitation to have canapes and drinks to 'celibrate the RR's 40th anniversary" and watch some 'Camel trophy experiences" no less! Howabout they forget the bullshit and FIX MY CAR. Maybe a large part of the problem is that RR owners are often too rich, aloof and don't drive off smoooooth roads, so the dealers don't get enough grief to make 'em take things seriously. Anyway, sorry for the diatribe..... I'll get there before the warranty expires. :shock:
 
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