Wiper Blades, Ball joints, and Brakes

Wiper Blades

are such a small thing, but this post can really apply to many small things.

 

Wiper Blades are one of those items where you have a huge option in price variance, according to consumer reports, the cheapest perform as well as the most expensive as long as they are changed often.  I find blades (vs traditional wipers) work a bit better on the L322 at high speeds as the wipers tend to lift at about 80mph. ( While 80MPH is illegal on much of the east coast, it is the speed limit throughout much of the desert and west. )

I would go to RockAuto.com and pick up about 4 full sets of blades on sale for my L322.  They cost about $5 each and are easy to replace.  And I would replace them every six months to a year to keep that streak free shine.

I am stickler for a clean windshield, so cleaning your windshield off at each gas stop will help the blades work better by ensuring good content.  I lift the blades up so debris falls off the blades.

Getting blades or windshield wipers replaced by a dealer can cost a lot whether you drive a P38a or L405 getting blades at rock auto and changing them out yourself makes a lot of sense.  I also want to disclose this is not a sponsored post, rock auto does have great prices on wiper blades, and brakes.

Brakes

Brakes are another thing where keeping on top of your pads will make a big difference down the line.  I would replace your brake pads every 2 years or earlier.  Get cheap pads from rock auto and just replace them.  Pads are so easy to replace it’s important to stay on-top of them because the rotors on the Rover are a bit more difficult, especially the rears which have the parking drum built in.

If your truck has clunks it can be due to a few things but often it is the ball joints and just tightening the roll bars.  ball joints do go quite often on a rover.  This is another item where rock auto is great.  Picking up bump stops get all of them at once, switch out each link per side at the same time on a rack, you’ll be good to go and out the door with 1k more dollars in your pocket than a dealer.

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L322 Third Generation Buyers Guide Range Rover Book — Releasing Tomorrow

Cliff’s Unofficial L322 ‘Full Fat’ Range Rover Buyers Guide Releases Tomorrow!  Thanks everyone who has pre-ordered the book.  Just a quick heads up though, Amazon told me I had until the 26th to make changes, but locked me out on the 26th.  SO I cannot update the book until it goes live, but we have an update in the pipeline.  Therefore there will be a quickly released update within the next few days and I hope everyone downloads that version because it is more finished.

Here is a quick reference to the book:

Thanks again!

Cliff

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L322 eBook Now Available on Amazon
Nov07

L322 eBook Now Available on Amazon

The first ebook from OffRoadRover.com: Cliff’s Unofficial L322 ‘Full Fat’ Range Rover Buyers Guide is now available on Amazon.

 

Check out the various Amazon sites for our L322 ‘Full Fat’ Range Rover Buyers Guide

Thank you for your support!

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Jaguar Land Rover 5.0 Timing Chain Tensioners, Timing, Supercharger Isolator Coupling, Water Pump Replacement
Oct03

Jaguar Land Rover 5.0 Timing Chain Tensioners, Timing, Supercharger Isolator Coupling, Water Pump Replacement

imageThe Jaguar Land Rover Range Rover has had the timing chain tensioners redesigned and have had reported issues with the timing chain tensioners on various forums including rangerovers.net “timing chain shot at 44k?” and on JaguarForums.com.  This issue happened to me, immediately proceeding I was in a parking lot in wal-mart.  When I got back in the car was much louder especially at idle.  I knew something was wrong.  I drove her home and began to look up how to take care of her.  After getting a few quotes around 8-12 hours and 2500 from independents (did not include a new chain and retiming) and over “7,000 dollars” from Land Rover Flat Irons.  I took to the internet and decided to look for Land Rover mechanics to hire directly to fix the car in my garage.

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Adding Paddle Shifters
Oct03

Adding Paddle Shifters

One thing many don’t consider, is you can actually add OEM Land Rover Paddle Shifters to 2010-2012 Range Rover L322.  I was first made aware of this via an ill titled thread on rangerovers.net.

The only issue with the install is that the L connector from the paddle shifters is the wrong sex to connect to the the wheel connector.  There are a few work arounds.  The one I would reccomend is using Powerful UK LTD who provides a sex adapter for the Range Rover “Flappy Paddles”.  The harder way which is of course the way I choose is to mock up a connector using a small 4 pin computer 3.5″ disk drive power cord shaved down and pressed in very tight.  It took a few hours to get the connector just right and I still worry that the connector may loose itself.  The best advice I read is to ensure the flappy paddle plus and minus symbols light up with the lights on which will ensure they are wired properly. 

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WeatherTech Range Rover Gear Review
Aug30

WeatherTech Range Rover Gear Review

I recently picked up a WeatherTech Range Rover Trunk Mat and WeatherTech Headlight Guard Film.  I found both of these items on Jet.com, and when I added both items to the cart it dropped the price of the Load Space mat approximately the same price as the Headlight Guard Film, so I happily picked up both.  Here is a brief review of each product.

WeatherTech Loadspace Liner

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There are actually quite a few options for loadspace liners, or trunk mats for the Range Rover.  The WeatherTech is amongst the best but perhaps not as good as the Land Rover loadspace liners which I hear very good things about but they cost more.  The WeatherTech liner is much lighter and more flexible than I thought it would be.  Apparently the flexibility of the loadspace liner under all temperatures is a design consideration of the USA Based WeatherTech.

The liner itself offers a slightly textured surface with some water trapping grooves, but it they could perhaps be deeper.  The sides of the trunk mat are about 2.5″ high, designed to keep water or other spilled liquid on the mat and off of the rest of the trunk.

The trunk mat fits very well, but the Land Rover mats have cut outs for the luggage management net (the bottom one, not the side pockets) which the WeatherTech does not.

The liner although it is flexible seems like it will put up with some abuse but perhaps not as well as a thicker mat.   Overall after not having a luggage mat, I much prefer to have one to protect the trunk, especially perhaps the Range Rover trunk with it’s various leather pull straps.

WeatherTech Head Lamp Protection Film

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Pictured with WeatherTech headlamp guards on the headlamps and foglights.

The guards are flexible 40mm film, it was pointed out to me that these films are much thicker than many other offerings.  This film offers protection against UV hazing of the plastic headlamps as well as chip and cracking protection with the thick and pliable 40mm film.

The film is a bit difficult to put on by one person.  Also needed is a hair dryer or heat gun as the film provisions for the tops of the headlamps which tilt inwards.

A nice feature of this kit is that it is four pieces, including two guards for the low and vulnerable fog-lamps.  The foglamp cut outs are quite easy to fit as they are “just circles.”

I don’t really notice a difference in light output from the lamps but I am sure there is some diminution.  I don’t notice them too much which is to me a win for this type of product.   I am happy that the film should protect the headlamps from UV induced hazing.  When off and on highway they seem to provide protection against rocks.

 

 

 

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