Help I have a freelander 1.8 petrol and when I do a three point turn and put it on full lock it feels like the brakes come on as it wants to stop any ideas what is causing this or is it normal
I understand that LR issued information on this to the effect that they all do it. However if it does feel as if the brakes are coming on then the common belief is that the VCU is cream crackered. There are a number of ways this can be confirmed but none are guaranteed.
They are fairly easily replaced, along with the bushes which support it, not replacing it and continuing to drive it will ultimately result in the rear diff failing as well as the IRD, now that is expensive.
If you do replace it you'll need to identify the reason why it failed; again common belief is that by running with different sized/make tyres between front and rear causes the VCU to work too hard causing them to seize thereby putting too much strain on the rest of the transmission parts. Some owners/specialist reckon to replace the VCU at or around the 70k miles so as to avoid the possibility of failure, others have happily run to 100k plus with no problems. My V6 was exhibiting similar traits and I've had the VCU replaced, no point in having a 4wd without the 4wd working IMHO.
Best of luck.