How To Solve Common Range Rover Engine Problems

The Common Problems in Range Rover Engines and how to solve them

You’d probably get goose bumps all over your body after hearing the name “Range Rover”. No ifs, and, or buts about it. It took you just 30 seconds to get goose bumps but it took a considerable amount of elbow grease before the Range Rover became the car of dreams. Range Rover surely has become the success story for Land Rover from the last decade, no two ways about it.

Range Rover caters everyone’s needs

There is no denying the fact that Range Rover is one of the sensational SUVs. It can surely blow your mind right after you hit the road. Range Rover is offered in different editions including Velar, Evoque, Sport and Vogue. Being the largest SUV of the Land Rover family, Range Rover is the best sellers of its class.

Engines in Range Rover line-up

Buyers have a plenty of engines to choose from, including both Diesel and Petrol engines. These engines consist of a V6 engine, a couple of V8 engines and a turbo-diesel engine. Supercharging technology is the base of Range Rover gasoline engines.

The standard 3.0-liter V6 engine gives off the thumping 340 horsepower. The bad boy is really muscular, isn’t it? For the case of 550HP V8 engine, the numbers are even greater as it can make a healthy 503 pound-feet of torque. Well, these numbers make it the most powerful motor in Range Rover models. And then comes the bad boy, the 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine. It can produce 443 pound-feet torque within 28mpg. That’s mind-boggling. What do you think? The best part is, that even if your engine breaks down, you can go for a used or reconditioned Range Rover engine at much cheaper prices than dealers.

Is Range Rover An Ideal SUV?

Having said that, Range Rovers are dream SUVs for many. And there’s absolutely no question mark on the comfort and driving experience which these bad boys offer. Be that as it may, engine is a machine and machine is likely to break down with the passage of time. So, Range Rovers do have some common issues when it comes to the engine under the hood. Well, the truth hurts. So, it’s now the time to delve into the most common problems in Range Rover engines and how to solve them. Let’s get into this:

1.    Engine making chattering Noise

Well, this is one of the most common problems in Range Rover engines. Engine makes a chattering noise specifically when idling. This usually happens due to the improper driver belt idler pulley, as investigated by the engine experts.

How to solve this issue?

Having said that, failure of driver belt idler pulley is responsible for this issue. Therefore, a properly working pulley can get the issue fixed without spending a lot of money.

2.    Uneven Rough Idle

This is another most frequent issue with Range Rovers. Yes, rough idling of the engine. This is mainly due to the intake vacuum leak. This issue can lead to the inefficiency of engine and that’s a big repair. You have to pay through the nose in order to get the issue fixed, up to $600. Yes, you heard it right.

What to do now?

According to the engine experts, the most effective solution to the aforementioned problem is the replacement of intake manifold gasket plus manifold bolt flat washers. This way, the engine would be able to distribute the clamping force evenly.

3.    Oil leakage from the front crankshaft

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, oil leaks can affect the fuel efficiency a great deal. Leakage of oil from the front crankshaft in Range Rover engines is reported several times. And if it’s not given a look-see, it would nip your pocket from the bud.

Solution to this problem?

The best possible solution to this problem is the replacement of the seal with a proficient one. This way, major repairs can be avoided.

4.    Oil Leakage from the Lower Crankcase

Again, the common problem with the Range Rover engines is the leakage from the lower crankcase. Lower crankcase is basically a component of engine block. The consequences of this catch-22 are even perilous.

Solution to this problem?

Most of the engine experts suggest that the best way to get rid of the lowercase leaks is taking the engine out of the vehicle and get it repaired by an experienced mechanic so that the issue does not rise again.

5.    Engine Misfiring

Engine misfiring can easily be observed from the stammering and jerking produced by the engine when one or more cylinders fail to fire properly, either due to ignition or fuel-related problems. It goes along with the loss of power in direct portion to the seriousness of the misfire. Tracking down the problem is something very tricky and it needs huge attention. That said, it is important to observe that whether the misfire is occurring only under load or without the load as well. Faulty intake valves give rise to the engine misfiring in most of the cases.

How to get it fixed?

This issue can be fixed by replacing the intake valves and valve locks. Nothing is to worry about finding these parts. It’s super easy to find them from the market.

6.    Ignition Misfiring

If the ignition coil fails, your Range Rover won’t be much fun to drive. It might stall, and will definitely run poorly and no one expects this. A handful of complains have been reported about the ignition misfiring and the most common cause behind this is the failure of ignition coils. This can badly ruin the ignition process and sometimes the vehicle even fails to start. And if the ignition coil fails, noise can be heard under the roof similar like a rubber band snapping.

Solution to this problem?

Range Rover engine specialists recommend that replacing the ignition coil after regular intervals of time would be fructiferous. Straight after that, the experts advise that this issue should be fixed immediately (if you have noticed the ignition misfiring already) to avoid the further repairing costs as this can damage the other parts of the engine too.

7.    Engine System Fault

Engine system fault is not very much common in Range Rovers, yet a few owner have reported this issue. What exactly happens is over 100km/h, a message pops out on the dashboard exhibiting “Engine System Fault”. Right after the message, the acceleration gets down and it takes quite a lot time to get to 120m/h. This becomes even worse with the passage of time and it’s recommended by the experts to get this issue solve as soon as possible.

What’s the Solution of this issue?

Engine System Fault springs out from a bunch of problems and you are required to give all these a once-over with a fine tooth comb. What you are supposed to do is;

•    Update the software of the vehicle

•    Turn off the speed limit control

•    Replacing the anti-particulate filter also hits the nail on the head too in this regard.

Now that you have given a close look over the common issues in Range Rover engines, you can do some of the minor repairs yourself if you have encountered any of these.


Bryce Newell is an automotive enthusiast who loves to write about the latest news, products, and DIY projects. While Bryce is an amateur in the field, he is passionate about cars and has been since he spent weekends in the garage helping his dad rebuild a 68 Dodge Charger as a kid.

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