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Land Rover service schedules

2010–2013 Range Rover/Sport/Supercharged vehicles

For the 2010 model year, Land Rover changed from 7,500 to 15,000 miles for its basic service interval. They now recommend service annually, or every 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. High performance synthetic oil is now required.

Here are the other highlights of the newest service schedule:

  • Thanks to a larger element, the change interval on the air filter has been increased to 60-75,000 miles.
  • The cabin pollen filter is called out for change annually
  • Brake fluid is now changed every three years
  • Coolant is supposedly good for ten years
  • Spark plugs are rated to last 105,000 miles
  • The fan belts are rated to last 105,000 miles
  • Automatic transmission fluid and regular differential fluids are rated to last 10 years
  • Transfer case, locking differential, and dynamic response fluids are rated to last 75,000 miles
  • The fuel filter is rated for ten years
  • Land Rover is now calling for replacement of the flexible brake hoses every six years Instead of calling for a full system scan, LR now says, “If fault lamps are lit check with IDS.”

In many cases, improvements in service parts, fluids, and vehicle design do make these longer service intervals possible without compromise. Unfortunately, if the extended service intervals prove insufficient, LR warranty will be long since expired, and the owner will be left to face what might have been preventable failures.

If you own a 2010 or newer Land Rover V8 I suggest the following modifications to the factory schedule:

Even with long life oils, I suggest oil changes at 10,000 mile intervals or annually. The incremental costs of these extra oil changes are trivial when compared to the expense of any internal engine repair that might otherwise result from sludge building or accelerated wear.

The brake fluid change interval is based on brake fluid’s natural tendency to absorb moisture from the air. That property has not changed in recent years, so I see no reason to deviate from the two-year recommendation Mercedes, Rover, and many other companies promulgated for many years with good result

I think leaving transmission and differential fluids in those components for ten years is ridiculous; it invites disaster. I would change all those fluids by 75,000 miles, just like the transfer case lube.

Land Rover is not the first company to extend coolant change intervals to a decade. I have my doubts about that, but the pH of coolant can be tested. If you plan to leave in in place, I encourage you to test it annually. If you cant do that, replacement is the safer bet in my opinion.

Land Rover no longer recommends scanning all systems at every service, but I recommend that be done anyway. The reason: It’s the only way to tell if electronic faults are current or recent. If you never do a full system scan and clear you could have a system fault when the truck is four years old, and find the relevant diagnostic codes hidden by a plethora of other codes that came and went over the life of the vehicle. Codes need to be read, evaluated, and cleared on a regular basis. Not doing so renders the sophisticated diagnostic systems useless.

2006–2009 Range Rover/Sport/Supercharged vehicles

These are the first Range Rovers to use the Ford/Jaguar modular engine and drivetrain system. Here is an overview of the recommended services:

First of all, services intervals follow a repeating pattern of oil and filter change, A service, and oil and filter change, B service.

The oil and filter change is an oil service – every six months or every 7,500 miles – plus a quick visual inspection. If any warning lights are lit, they should be checked out with IDS. The oil service reminder gets reset.

The A service has a much longer inspection checklist in addition to the oil change. They ask you to remove the wheels, check the brakes, clean and grease the wheel hubs (important) and rotate the tires. The Dynamic Response valve block should be cleaned, and the filter changed. The pollen filter should be changed.

The B service is similar to the A service, but with a longer inspection checklist. In addition to the checklists, LR asks for these fluids to be changed as shown:

  • Brake fluid – every three years
  • Automatic transmission fluid – every ten years
  • Coolant – every ten years
  • Transfer box fluid – every 75k miles
  • Front and rear axle oil – every ten years
  • Locking differential oil – every 75k miles

Spark plugs are rated to last 105k miles, and LR asks us to replace the flexible brake hoses at six years of age.

If you own a 2006-2009 Land Rover V8 I suggest the following modifications to the factory schedule:

I suggest sticking to the 7,500 mile oil service interval but I strongly suggest the use of a high quality synthetic like Mobil 1 Extended Performance or Amsoil. The incremental costs of these premium fluids are trivial when compared to the expense of any internal engine repair that might otherwise result from sludge building or accelerated wear.

The brake fluid change interval is based on brake fluid’s natural tendency to absorb moisture from the air. That property has not changed in recent years, so I see no reason to deviate from the two-year recommendation Mercedes, Rover, and many other companies promulgated for many years with good result

I think leaving transmission and differential fluids in those components for ten years is ridiculous; it invites disaster. I would change all those fluids by 75,000 miles, just like the transfer case lube.

Land Rover is not the first company to extend coolant change intervals to a decade. I have my doubts about that, but the pH of coolant can be tested. If you plan to leave in in place, I encourage you to test it annually. If you can’t do that, replacement is the safer bet in my opinion.

Land Rover no longer recommends scanning all systems at every service, but I recommend that be done anyway. The reason: It’s the only way to tell if electronic faults are current or recent. If you never do a full system scan and clear you could have a system fault when the truck is four years old, and find the relevant diagnostic codes hidden by a plethora of other codes that came and went over the life of the vehicle. Codes need to be read, evaluated, and cleared on a regular basis. Not doing so renders the sophisticated diagnostic systems useless.

J E Robison Service Co Inc of Springfield, Massachusetts, is an independent business that specializes in the sale and service of used Land Rovers. We are not an authorized Land Rover dealership, we do not sell brand new Land Rovers and we are not otherwise affiliated with, originating from, sponsored by, or approved by Land Rover in any way.


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