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Hi Everyone

The steering wheel isn't straight on my car and it irritates me on an otherwise pretty perfect vehicle.

My LR dealer says they can sort this with a full 4 wheel alignment at approx £200. Sounds a very high price for this but they said that it needed to be performed in 'Transportation' mode due to the car having air suspension etc, but is this true?

I presume the transportation mode can only be initiated by a LR dealer so am I tied to them to have this wheel alignment done?

(i'm in the midlands, UK if anyone has any decent suggestions as to other options!)

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I had all 4 wheels laser aligned after changing bushes for 40EUR... It was an independent garage, they didn't lift/lower the suspension or anything like that!
 

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There is a transportation mode that I'm familiar with that is a mode used when the RR is towed or hauled; a rather frequent occurance as passenger vehicles go.
But I believe all it requires is the installation of a fuse into a certain fuse slot in the fuse array in the glove box. I'm speaking from the perspective of an '03, don't know if it is different for other MY's or not. Check your owners maual & it will give you the details.
 

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Hi Everyone

The steering wheel isn't straight on my car and it irritates me on an otherwise pretty perfect vehicle.

My LR dealer says they can sort this with a full 4 wheel alignment at approx £200. Sounds a very high price for this but they said that it needed to be performed in 'Transportation' mode due to the car having air suspension etc, but is this true?

I presume the transportation mode can only be initiated by a LR dealer so am I tied to them to have this wheel alignment done?

(i'm in the midlands, UK if anyone has any decent suggestions as to other options!)

Cheers
I have the same problem after they did the recall on the front diff.
This doesn't mean that the front wheel alignment is incorrect; the mechanics have lowered the complete steering columm and suspension chassis in order to remove the front diff.
When they refitted this chassis, it probally moved some millimeter to the left or right according the car body so the steering wheel is not straight on any more.
Cure by rotating both track rods, left and right equally to the left or right.
 

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Should I take a copy of what you posted to the garage or will they know how to align it themselves? (I am not taking it to the dealer, just a private garage)...
 

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IMO you don't want to trust an general automotive shop/tire shop to do an alignment on these vehicles. Can you do it? Yes, but you're getting what you pay for.
 

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Most chain shops use the same type of equipment and are more than capable to do an L322 with absolutely no issues. The alignment is carried out the same as any other modern car with no need for a specialty shop bend you over just because of the brand. You may want to take a copy of the specs just to be sure they have the same info.

Les Schwab does all of the alignments for al cars, including all Land Rover and Jag products, out of our shop and do a spectacular job for us.
 

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Most chain shops use the same type of equipment and are more than capable to do an L322 with absolutely no issues. The alignment is carried out the same as any other modern car with no need for a specialty shop bend you over just because of the brand. You may want to take a copy of the specs just to be sure they have the same info.

Les Schwab does all of the alignments for al cars, including all Land Rover and Jag products, out of our shop and do a spectacular job for us.
They do more than align the wheels, they also calibrate the suspension, the steering angle sensor, etc. The biggest point is they know what they're looking at and know how to service the vehicle properly. Anytime you go to a discount tire joint or general auto shop that isn't land rover specific you run the chance of them being new to the car and destroying/stripping lugs/studs, damaging parts they shouldn't be touching (height sensors/etc). Sometimes you'll get the discount tire alignment and your dash will light up like an xmas tree a mile down the road IMO not worth the hassle. You also really need to be able to dial in the suspension before you you can properly align the car... No general auto shop is doing that!

I pay $189 at the dealer, they dial it in perfect and also detail the entire car. IMO worth it! The $60 general auto shop yields some punk kid who's been aligning hondas all day hopping in the car covered in grease and trying to align the car with the air suspension all tweaked out from being on a lift moments before. No thanks!

This all implies you're going to a general shop, if you're going to a really good independent it's probably fine.
 
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