Free­lander trans­fer case headaches

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - TECHNICAL -

I own a Free­lander (2001 model) and it’s been giv­ing me some prob­lems with the trans­fer case. Could you please as­sist in telling me if there is an im­prove­ment in the newer mod­els and if so, from which model?

- W.P. de Wet (Brack­en­fell) Ed – The older model Free­lander was a bit of a le­mon, and the list of prob­lems are end­less. First of all, the Free­lander doesn’t have a trans­fer case but an IRD (In­ter­me­di­ate Re­duc­tion Drive) that splits the drive to front and rear through a vis­cous cou­pling to pre­vent trans­mis­sion wind up. When the vis­cous seizes it tends to dam­age the IRD. In late 2000, the IRD was re­placed with an im­proved unit, but prob­lems per­sisted. In 2006, an all-new Free­lander 2 was launched with a 2.2 Td4 en­gine also adding a more ef­fi­cient Sd4 ver­sion. Some of these mod­els gave prob­lems with the rear diff where the Haldex unit was not func­tion­ing cor­rectly and dam­aged the diff. From 2009, the Haldex unit was im­proved and could be elec­tron­i­cally up­dated which seemed to solve the prob­lem. My sug­ges­tion would be to save up some money and go for a model of 2009 and up­wards or for ap­prox­i­mately R40 000 you can have a Golf en­gine and gear­box con­ver­sion done by Rover­land in Cape Town. Although this will only be a front wheel drive ve­hi­cle, it will be a re­li­able run-about.

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