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Old February 18th, 2009, 06:37 PM
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stealership tells my wife.......

The freelander is in for the 3rd time with the squeal from the engine. Last 2 time they said it would go away when they tried to track it down this time they are telling her it is a timing belt and they don't cover it in the warranty. The warranty is up in 3k.
Freelander has 72k so may need a timing belt but I don't think it would sqweal for over a year. what should I tell the stealership?
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Engine is about to blow up.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 07:52 PM
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yea you told me that last year
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Old February 19th, 2009, 12:48 AM
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Well, if it is the timing belt, I would stop driving it now! We saw one where we took the cover off and the timing belt had walked off the pulleys, into the cover and tore itself to pieces.
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I don't know if the engine in a freelander is a free-spinning engine or not. The short version of what that means is that a free spinning engine will survive if a timing belt fails. A non-free spinning engine will require significant repairs if that happens. ANY engine that uses a timing belt, always make sure to have it done according to schedule.

A buddy of mine had a mitsubishi eclipse belt fail on him. Busted a couple valves, one piston and scored two cylinders. Ended up requiring a complete teardown and rebuild of the entire engine.

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Old February 19th, 2009, 07:54 AM
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yikes. I think the "Sell Now" light just came on. what is the service interval for the timing belt and when was it last done?



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The freelander is in for the 3rd time with the squeal from the engine. Last 2 time they said it would go away when they tried to track it down this time they are telling her it is a timing belt and they don't cover it in the warranty. The warranty is up in 3k.
Freelander has 72k so may need a timing belt but I don't think it would sqweal for over a year. what should I tell the stealership?
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Old February 19th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Why not try and bring in a Freelander engine from Europe... like a diesel. Especially since they have known engine issues.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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yikes. I think the "Sell Now" light just came on. what is the service interval for the timing belt and when was it last done?
Most timing belts are around 60-80k intervals. They may be a bit deeper than a fan belt, but are considered a regular service item on anything that has them. Most mechanics can do the change for you, doesn't necessarily need to be a dealership install, just make sure you get an invoice that documents the mileage.

But the moral of the story is, if you have a timing belt..... ALWAYS have them done before the recommended mileage. The old 3.9, 4.0, 4.2, 4.6 V8 engines this isn't a concern on.

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I was talking to a friend who works on rovers the other day. He had two freelanders there with about 70k on each- both having the valves done because the timing belt failed. He said at about 70k they all fail. Sorry.
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Here is the latest... it's not the belt. It's the pulley or the water pump. Both of which are covered by warranty. Ohh there is a catch to determine which it is they need to do 4 hours of diagnostic (tare down build up) the Warranty will not cover this. I in order to do what should be done I will need to pay for them to do 4 hours of needless work. I have a call with the manager at noon. We shall see what happens. Hunt Valley Dealership has been very difficult to work with on every occasion.


I can do the water pump, timing belt, and pulleys at a local shop cheeper than I can do it using the Warranty.
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All fixed Warranty covered. it was a bad pulley. I paid to have the h2o pump and belts done. I supplied the belts pulleys and pump from British Atlantic and saved myself almost 2K. thanks BA.
got the truck back a week ago.

And the power Steering went Last night in Philly.
it is at Main line Land Rover today. I hope they are Better than Hunt Valley.
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