Replace TD4 cambelt
Martin’s step-by-step guide to replacing a Freelander 2’s timing belt and water pump
Remember when the Land Rover service schedule recommended you changed your Tdi’s oil every 6000 miles? Well, advances in oils and the engines that use them have come a long way – and the same goes for drive belts. Gone are the days of belt changes at 60k; the Freelander 2 doesn’t need its belt replacing until it reaches 150,000 miles, or 10 years old.
The difference, of course, is that if you snap the belt on a Tdi it may bend a couple of pushrods and, if you’re unlucky, break the rocker shaft. On an engine with much tighter build tolerances and its camshafts at the top of the head, such as the 2.2 TD4 fitted to most Freelander 2s, the same belt failure would more than likely render the engine scrap.
So, it’s important not to put off replacing the timing belt. Its impressively long service life means you shouldn’t feel hard done by when getting it done on your F2; it may be the only cambelt replacement it sees. Avenger 4x4 charges about £510 to swap a belt and water pump on this model.
On it goes: reassurance for another decade