For many years, Land Rovers have been known for providing its passengers a smooth ride on all types of terrain. The Land Rover can be seen driven elegantly on paved roads, and it can also be found driving over very rough terrains, from secluded back roads to rocky mountain terrain. In each of these examples, the Land Rover keeps the ability to be as smooth as possible. This is a feature that is expected and one that the brand has been built on.
As your Land Rover gets older, it is bound to run into some issues. One common problem that you might run into has to do with the steering shaft. The steering shaft is what connects the steering wheel to the parts under the car that ultimately help steer the SUV in the direction you are telling it to go. Steering shaft failure can manifest in a couple different ways. One of the most common steering shaft failures that occurs has to do with the ability of the steering shaft to tilt and adjust for the comfort of different drivers. The second way steering shaft failure can be seen is in regards to the telescoping mechanism.
Steering Shaft Tilt Adjustment Failure
The steering shaft is in control of the tilt adjustment. You will use the tilt adjustment in your Land Rover when you want to move the steering wheel up and down. Some people prefer for the steering wheel to be up high, while others prefer for the steering wheel to be closer to their lap. Regardless of the preferences, the steering shaft will have to be tilted one way or the other.
When the steering shaft fails in regards to this, jamming will occur. The jamming will be more noticeable when the steering shaft is in the highest position or the lowest position. Another way that you will know if the steering shaft of your Land Rover has failed is if it drops to the lowest setting on its own and cannot be raised again. The third way you will be able to tell if you have a steering shaft failure is if it freely moves up and down without the adjustment lever being activated.
These three symptoms will indicate to you that there is an issue with the steering shaft and you should take your Land Rover in for servicing immediately. Although it may not seem like an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the more your steering shaft moves around, the less control you will have over your Land Rover. The more control you have, the safer your driving experience will be.
Steering Shaft Telescope Mechanism Problems
In addition to the tilt adjustment, which allows for the steering wheel to be adjusted either up or down, the steering shaft also has a telescope mechanism. The telescope mechanism is what enables the steering wheel to be adjusted either closer to the dashboard or closer to your body. In other words, this is the ability for the steering shaft to be pulled out toward you or pushed in closer to the dashboard.
You will be able to tell if your steering shaft is failing in this way if it is jamming or squeaking. This problem can sometimes be solved with a simple fix; the jamming and squeaking could just mean that the steering shaft needs to be lubricated. However, on the more difficult side, these symptoms may indicate that the steering shaft is failing to the point that it needs to be replaced. Either way, these symptoms should be taken seriously.
Getting Your Steering Shaft Fixed
Steering shaft failure in regards to the tilt adjustment and the telescope mechanism are both indications that it is time to take your Land Rover in for service. At Green Garage, we specialize in European cars, including the Land Rover. We have certified technicians that are aware of any failures concerning the steering shaft that may occur. We will provide a vehicle service that includes any necessary checks, inspections, and part replacements.
With our convenient location right outside Orlando, FL in Winter Park, you will be able to bring in your Land Rover for an accurate and thorough inspection that will identify any issues with the steering shaft the first time so you will not have to come back for repeat visits — which means more time to enjoy your Land Rover!