According to a recall alert published by the NHTSA today, Land Rover is recalling 19,168 Range Rovers produced between 2003-2005 due to a relatively serious problem with the drivetrain. Apparently, the front differential coupling sleeve and the propeller shaft have the potential to misaligned, which will eventually wear down the spline. The problem may not be noticeable at first, but over time it will manifest itself in noises and/or vibrations (which may or may not be audible to the driver, depending on how big the assumed aftermarket sub-woofers are and which Ice-T track happens to be playing).
Read the NHTSA’s full recall after the jump
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
LAND ROVER / RANGE ROVER 2003-2005
Manufacturer: LAND ROVER Mfr’s Report Date: DEC 02, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V635000 EA07012
NHTSA Action Number: EA07012
Component: POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19168
LAND ROVER IS RECALLING 19,168 MY 2003-2005 RANGE ROVER VEHICLES. THE FRONT DIFFERENTIAL COUPLING SLEEVE AND THE PROPELLER SHAFT MAY BE MISALIGNED, RESULTING IN SPLINE WEAR OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. AS THE WEAR BETWEEN THE PROPELLER SHAFT AND THE DIFFERENTIAL SPLINE COUPLING PROGRESSES, NOISE AND VIBRATION ARE EXPECTED.
CONTINUED VEHICLE OPERATION CAN EVENTUALLY RESULT IN THE SPLINES SHEARING AND A LOSS OF DRIVE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REVISED DESIGN OF THE PROPELLER SHAFT, THE FLANGE KIT AND HEAT SHIELD KIT. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 6, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LAND ROVER AT 1-313-594-7688.
LAND ROVER RECALL NO. P041. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.