DIY Ser­vic­ing: Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4

In­creased com­pli­ca­tion means the first-gen­er­a­tion Evoque isn’t a sim­ple propo­si­tion to ser­vice at home. How­ever, an in­terim ser­vice shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, says Richard Gunn.

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The Land Rover range is a bit con­fus­ing. The old hi­er­ar­chy of De­fender, Free­lander, Dis­cov­ery and Range Rover was some­what eas­ier to un­der­stand than all the Dis­cov­ery Sports and Range Rover Ve­lars of to­day. The Evoque, how­ever, seems to have been a suc­cess.

Pitched as a sub­com­pact lux­ury cross­over SUV, which put it in a sim­i­lar mar­ket seg­ment to the older Free­lander, the Evoque was launched in 2011. Based on Land Rover’s LRX con­cept car of 2008, it ini­tially came in three- and five­door forms, fol­lowed by the bath­tub-like con­vert­ible in 2017. Avail­able as fron­twheel drive, plus the in­evitable four­wheel drive, the range of en­gines ran from 2.0 petrol and diesel units through to a 2.2 diesel, which is the one we’re look­ing at here, in au­to­matic form. Trim lev­els were Pure – Land Rover-speak for the base model – along with the slightly more swanky Pure Plus, the per­for­mance­ori­ented Dy­namic and the lux­u­ri­ous Pres­tige. Our ex­am­ple is the last of th­ese.

The Evoque is a com­plex ma­chine and cer­tain jobs are most eas­ily done us­ing di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment, such as re­mov­ing the rear brake pads or calipers. How­ever, there is a man­ual pro­ce­dure for this: Turn on the ig­ni­tion, leav­ing the en­gine off. Press and hold the park­ing brake switch in the ‘off’ po­si­tion for two sec­onds. Press and hold down the throt­tle pedal for two sec­onds. Turn the ig­ni­tion off and then on again quickly. You will hear the park­ing brake wind off and ‘Ser­vice mode’ will ap­pear on the screen. To re­vert to nor­mal mode, it’s the same pro­ce­dure ex­cept that you pull up the park­ing brake switch.

On our ve­hi­cle, the fuel fil­ter was not re­newed, be­cause it wasn’t due at this in­terim ser­vice. Nev­er­the­less, even with­out a spare wheel or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion fluid check plug to deal with, there should be plenty else to keep you oc­cu­pied. Equip­ment re­quired

› Small in­spec­tion mir­ror › torch › flat-head and crosshead screw­drivers › fun­nel › jack › axle stands › waste oil con­tainer › sock­ets and span­ners › pli­ers › tyre tread depth checker › wheel brace › long bar › an­tifreeze hy­drom­e­ter › wire brush › elec­tronic brake/clutch fluid checker › abra­sive pa­per › cop­per grease › gen­eral pur­pose grease › spray grease › tyre pump

› torque wrench › rags for clean­ing › dis­pos­able gloves › elec­tronic di­ag­nos­tic tool rec­om­mended.

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