Land Rover Freelander 2 – Service and Brakes Overhaul

Land Rover Freelander 2 – Service and Brakes Overhaul

Cartisan recently received a service request from a customer who owns a 2011 Land Rover Freelander 2. The car had completed around 75,000km and was due for a periodic service.


To gain a comprehensive understanding of the vehicle’s condition a complete vehicle inspection was first conducted at the customer’s doorstep. From this inspection it was identified that the front brake pads and brake discs were worn out, the rear brake pads were worn out, the front wiper blades needed to be changed and the car was due for a periodic service.


A quotation was given to the customer, he accepted, and the Cartisan team reached his doorstep with all the necessary parts and tools to carry out the service.

First the bonnet was opened. The car was raised up with the help of a hydraulic jack and propped on a stand for support.


The air filter was removed and replaced with brand new Hengst Air Filter.

The engine oil drain nut was removed after removing the shield that protects the bottom of the engine block. The engine oil was completely drained out.


The oil filter was then removed from the engine bay and replaced with a brand new Hengst oil filter. After the new oil filter was installed, the engine block was filled with 5.9 Liters of fully synthetic Mitasu 5W-40 engine oil.

The fuel filter for the Freelander 2 is located in the engine bay. It is removed and replaced with a brand new fuel filter from Hengst.

The cabin filter located inside the cabin of the car behind the dashboard was removed and replaced with a brand new cabin air filter.

The coolant was topped up as well.


Next, each of the front wheels were removed. The brake calipers were removed from the brake rotors. The brake rotors were then removed from the wheel hub and brand new Brembo Slotted Rotors were mounted onto the wheel hub.


The benefit of a slotted rotor over a regular brake rotor is that slotted rotors last longer as they manage heat dissipation better. When you apply brakes, the brake pads hold the brake rotors in order to slow down the car. This friction between brake pads and rotors creates high temperatures and the brake pads and rotor surfaces wear out faster in higher temperatures. In slotted rotors, the heat generated is dissipated much faster than a regular rotor by means of high precision holes drilled into the surface of the brake rotor.


Each of the front brake calipers were fitted with brand new brake pads from Brembo as well.

Next, each of the rear wheels were removed. The rear brake rotors had caught a bit of rust and required sanding using emery paper. After sanding the rotors, new Textar brake pads were fitted to the calipers.


The wheels were then mounted back in place and the car was lowered to the ground.


The front wiper blades were replaced.


The engine was then cranked to confirm everything was ok. The car started smoothly and was then taken out for a test drive to confirm that the service was completed successfully.


Also published on Medium.

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