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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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My L/R Freelander Sport 06 Reg. 89k. has developed a road

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My L/R Freelander Sport 06 Reg. 89k. has developed a road noise that sounds as if the tyres are giving a "wap wap wap" on certain road surfaces. I am running on 18" Continental 4x4 tyres. My mechanic say it is nothing mechanical and continental have refused to take a test drive and offer only mechanical solutions?. Any idea where the problem might be?


off-road tyres will generate all sorts of road roar and tyre noise

its well worth trying a bit more tyre pressure to see if this alleviates the issue, just a few psi over the recommended maximum

and its also worth getting the suspension set up on a 4 wheel alignment jig

As most places use the back wheels as a datum and assume that they are perfectly straight and true. Often this is not the case and many modern cars are now adjustable at the rear as well as the front.

A 4 wheel alignment measures all four wheels independently and each is set -up without referring to each other.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. I am running at 34psi already. (18inch wheels) The 4 wheel jig alignment was discussed with the tyre specialist earlier in the year and felt not needed. perhaps time for another discussion??
Cheers Peter

hello Peter

I'd agree its worth going back as it may be worth experimenting with a little less rear toe as this will help reduce tyre roar

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