What a brilliant site! I wonder if you could help me? On my 2005 TD4, the HDC switch only works if I physically keep it pressed in – does this sound like just a faulty switch?
Thanks in advance!
Thank you for your kind comments on our site.
When you press the HDC button does the HDC light display green? Are you pressing it when in 1st or reverse gear, not in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th? If so, then it does sound like a faulty switch.
All the best,
Thanks very much, a new switch has fixed it!
That is excellent Tim.
Hi my freelander1 td4 2L diesel automatic it doesn’t gears well it jump from 1 to 4 than show the f sign I don’t know what to do plz help
This sounds as though it could be an issue with one or more of the solenoids on the gearbox (there are nine), so it is worth getting these tested.
All the best,
Freelander l series tdi
I have 2 amigos TC & ABS & SRS
When I turn ignition on the Green HDC comes on then goes off. The SRS goes off and comes back on.
TC & ABS constantly.
I have checked HDC switch all ok .but when I use it no Green light hdc.
What I have noticed when driving for about 20 minutes I feel I get front drive train has brakes or and feel of un evenness some unbalance. Would a abs sensor give these symptoms.Any help would be great. although the break lights work I have ordered a new switch.
Thanks in advance
With regard to the TC and ABS lights check the wires under the gearstick gaiter for any breaks or loose connections. If the green light does not come on when you press the HDC button then it is not working, probably because of the issue with the TC.
With regard to the SRS light check the wires under the drivers seat – these can become disconnected when the seat position is moved. If this is not the issue it could be the rotary coupler in the steering wheel needing replacement.
What mileage has your Freelander done? What condition are the tyres in? If you have done over 70,000 miles since changing the viscous coupling unit or have mismatched tyres this can cause the Freelander to drive as if the brakes are on.
Thank You Sue
Tyre’s all new and matched.I left a comment on another guest enquiry regarding VCU getting warm being next to Exahaust .mine was warm after mountain 15klm run but I could keep my hand on it.The VCU looks relatively new suspecting it was replaced by previous owner.
Re done connections under seat with new male female spades. still same prob.
Gear stick switch tested is ok .
I will look at rotary coupler on steering wheel.
I will take prop shaft off to see if the symptoms disappear. If not I hope its front wheel bearings because its seems to get worse when driven a longer time and greater speed wondering if bearings getting tighter!
Milage about 200,000 Klm
Brand new short engine,Clutch,water pump,rad,front discs,prop support bearings,damper,engine mount,rear diff mount,front suspension wish bones,Battery,
I had a full head of hair before I started this 😉
I will get back to this post soon as I have remedied.
With regard to the TC and ABS lights check the wires under the gearstick gaiter for brakes or loose connections – this would also explain why the HDC is not working (the green light not coming on when the buton is pressed).
With regard to the SRS light check the wires under the drivers seat – these can become disconnected if the seat position is moved. If this is not the problem then check the rotary coupler in the steering wheel as this may need replacing.
What mileage has your Freelander doen? What is the condition of the tyres? If you have done over 70,000 miles since the viscous coupling was changed, or you have mismatched tyres, this could cause the Freelander to drive as though the brakes are on and can cause damage to the drivetrain.
Checked rotary coupler air bad squib tested it and defunked.ordered another one.
checked seat belt tensioner ohm reading 4ohms ok for me.
Reference to my Abs and TC light on. I was wondering if the brake fluid reservoir float switch or wiring of if it a possible cause for abs tc warning lights.
I am wondering if bleeding the brakes would help as sometimes a little travel in pedal. if there is air in the abs could this also show fault?
Apologies for full on questions.I am am looking at all avenues.
If you can still hold your hand on the VCU after a run then the tyres are not causing any issue with it. If you do a full lock turn, preferably on gravel, does it hold back on you, a little like the brakes are on? It will feel tighter than a normal car but it should not come to an abrupt stop. If it does come to an abrupt stop then you would need to change the VCU.
If the problem is the front wheel bearings you would expect a change in noise / feeling when you go around a corner.
No, we would not expect bleeding the brakes to solve the issue with teh TC and ABS lights – but it should help the pedal. It could be the ABS shuttle valve, or perhaps a wheel speed sensor. Can you put it on diagnostics?
51 plate freelancer automatic, the traction control light comes on which means my brake lights don’t. I have had the switch replaced along with brake line pipe. What else could this be. Please help this is stressing me out big time.
If your brake lights are not working then it is likely to be your brake light switch again, perhaps there is something which is shorting it, check the wiring to the switch. Have you had it put on diagnostics?
I have a real issue with my 99 1.8k series i’ve got HDC, TC and ABS lights on so far i’ve done a reading on all ABS sensors and replaced the passenger rear all the others are fine i’ve checked the break pedal switch all seems fine and i’ve replaced the shuttle valve albeit with a modified one from a supplier in wales (http://www.ecusolutionswales.com/landrover-freelander-abs-repair-22-p.asp) as a last ditch attempt at sorting this issue with still no result. Is it possible the ECU has stored a permanent fault and it requires clearing because everywhere i look people are saying once the issue is sorted it should clear the lights but i’ve completely lost the plot with this car. can you give me any more pointers please.
Sorry to hear you are having issues with your Freelander. Yes, if the fault has been rectified then the lights should extinguish on their own. And no, it is highly unlikely the ECU has stored a permanent fault code which cannot extinguish itself.
You have checked the right things with the ABS sensors and the brake light switch. Another common issue which can cause these three lights to come on is an problem with the wires under the gearstick gaiter. Check these for any loose connections or chafing.
Hi I have a freelander td4 03 plate 2 litre diesel.
The amber hdc light and traction control light sometimes come on my dash. More so when it’s cold and I brake.
Also when I click the yellow hdc button Where are you based to bring my vehicle in for various other problems eg. One window wiper not moving on front. Two back windows don’t open but I can hear the motor. And finally my horn has stopped working.
Hi, my daughter’s 2002 freelander is having trouble with the HDC. It randomly comes on and causes some hesitation while driving. We don’t push the button to turn it on. And the amber hdc light comes on as well. I’ve seen alot of posts about the light, but mine is actually enabling when I don’t want it to. Any suggestions?
Normally when this happens it is one of three things:
– a faulty brake light switch situated under the brake pedal (if it tends to come on when she presses the brake then this could be the issue);
– a problem with a loose or chaffed wire under the gearstick gaiter; or
– a faulty wheel speed sensor.
It is worth putting it on diagnostics to determine what the issue is.
I have a Automatic freelander HSE td4 the Hill descent light went on, car drove fine about 2 weeks after that when shifting gears the car started jerking could this warning light be related to something I need to change on the car?
The Hill Descent Control light going on and the jerking are unlikely to be related. The jerking sounds like and issue with one or more of the solenoids on the gearbox. Have the solenoids checked and replace any that are out of range.
Hi was just wondering if you could assist me in anyway, i have a 1998 1.8 petrol freelander which the abs,hdc and tc lights stay on when i drive it,it feels like the brakes are stuck on ,which causes me not to drive it to far i have changed the back abs wheel sensors and brake switch to no prevail if you have any advise i would be much appreciative thanks
If your brakes feel like they are sticking check your guide pins and callipers. Are the discs turning red whilst you drive? If so then the callipers will be sticking on.
If the two issues are unrelated then it could be one of your front ABS sensors or a problem with the wires underneath the gear stick gaiter – check for breaks or chaffing.
Thank you Sue I will try replacing the front abs sensors as i live in Tasmania there was also the 2 wires on the hdc were broken is there a specific way the colors go also i disconected the back tailshaft which also made no difference to the driving of the vehicle
Yes, there is a specific way the colours go. The black goes to the RHS and the blue one to the LHS when the switch is mounted to the gearstick.
Hi Sue i was actually after the green and purple wires that run into the switch ,i have the purple connected to the black and the green connected to the blue at the moment is that correct many thanks
That is correct Dale, purple to black and green to blue.
I have a freelander td4 2 litre manuel diesel the management light stays on & I lose power I then have to stop &turn engine of so it resets itself but it still lights up I had a green flag fitter do a diagnosis but came up with nothing can anyone help me sort out problem
This sounds like an issue with either the high or the low pressure fuel pump.
I’d check the egr valve there always getting blocked. Can cause lack of turbo boost. Check vacuum pipe on waste gate on the turbo isn’t seized that can cause the same problem. Turn ignition off and on whilst driving cures it for a while. Clean and check mentioned above. Should cure.
Hello my 2005 automatic td4 has a HDC light on Amber and so I am worried about driving it. Will it do any damage?
No, you should not do any damage driving with the amber HDC light on but it is worth taking it in for diagnostics. The most common reason for the light to come on is a faulty G sensor or brake light switch.
Thankyou Sue I will do that. What a great find this site is too.
Hello Sue – my friendly mechanic came last night and put a new switch under the brake pedal and everything is now working fine – Thankyou once again.
Hello again – does anyone know where I can get a sat nav disc for my Freelander 1 2005 please?
You can get the CD’s through Navteq. The link for the Freelander CD is http://landrover.navigation.com/product/Catalog/Catalog_Freelander_2005/Europe-2008-2009/sku/T1000-13197/en_GB/LandRoverEMEA/GBP.
Excellent news Janet.
Traction control came on while driving down the road. We did touch yellow button. With car insignia Engine running faster lights on dash all on parked car tried restarting would not start waited 2 hrs started again this X it started all lights went off. This has happened couple times. Can u help u why? 2004 freelander.
Hi Denny & Julie,
The best thing would be to put it on diagnostics to determine the issue. You could check your brake light switch which is under the brake pedal, and the wires under the gear stick gaiter for any breaks or loose connections. It is unusual for it to not start after the lights have come on which is why it would be best to put it on diagnostics.
I had similar issues that you guys had….turn off my 2001 V6 auto Freelander and wouldn’t restart till cold. Then no worries all go again.Turned out to be Camshaft position sensor.Once replaced had no issues.
hiii my name is david i was driving my 2003 freelander came home turned it off went in my house then came out went to start it and it kicked over but would not fire up any suggestions on wat it could be please help
Which engine does your Freelander have? Is it a 1.8 petrol, a 2.5 V6 petrol or a 2.0 Td4 diesel?
G’day Brent from Australia here, I have a freelander with the HDC light staying on and the abs light staying on for approx. 10mins before turning off. I will be trying all of the procedures previously suggested in other comments, but is their anything else I should be looking out for….. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you and all the best for everyone.
The ABS light will stay illuminated until you start to move, it is something like 6mph before it goes out.
With the HDC light is it illuminated green or amber? We assume it is illuminated amber (which means there is a fault, green means it is switched on). Try changing the brake light switch and check the wires under the gearstick gaitor for breaks or loose connections.
With the brake issue, this is likely to be completely unrelated to the other issues. Remove the rear drums and clean them up.
G’day, I have a freelander 2000 V6 auto, it has the HDC amber light staying on and also feels like the rear brakes are dragging. I have no success with the HDC button turning it off. also the ABS light stays on for approx. 5 – 10mins after starting. If anyone can shed some light on possible faults to look for that would be muchly appreciated.
My freelander V6 with auto transmission seems to have a problem: The HDC warning light comes on and off time to time. Switching off and on the engine reset the alarm but after a long drive,it comes back again. Pressing the HDC button shows a green display but the vehicle runs as if the device fails to work.
I went to workshops, they changed the auto transmission oil but nothing changed.I have driven already almost 3,500 Km since i got the situation but i do wonder cause i use to drive during off road conditions.
Can someone help please?
Check the wire going to the HDC switch for any breakages or loose connections.
Also check if your brake lights are working when you press the brake pedal. If they are not (whilst the HDC light it on) then your issue is the brake light switch situated under the brake pedal.
had trouble with warning lights & was brake light switch ,hope this is any held
On my Freelander auto transmission V6,when I engage the gear in drive ‘D’ after driving for some few metres the HDC warning lamp comes on, and on the display shows gear ‘4’ and then a letter ‘F’, I cant even climb a small incline.
F4 is indicating it has gone into limp home mode. It sounds as though you have a problem with a wheel speed sensor, an ABS issue or a problem with one or more of the solenoids in the gearbox. The best thing would be to put it on diagnostics to determine which is the problem.
Please assist me with the diagnostic read codes for the problems mentioned, (F4 limp home mode, wheel speed sensor problem, an ABS issue, problem on one or more of the solenoids in gear box)
No problem, we can certainly assist you. If you get it put on diagnostics (or you are welcome to bring it to us and we will connect it to diagnostics) and let us know which fault codes come up we can help in identifying where the problem is.
All the best,
0780 9575 421
Hi Clement ,
I don’t know if you got your auto fixed but I had same thing on my 2001 V6 auto.
I thought I was up for big bucks and took it to an auto specialist who actually found that a hose had been rubbing across wires going into a solonoid on the gearbox leaving exposed wires and probably touching each other. He cable tied the hose out the way and siliconed the exposed wires and all faults disappeared and no more flashing 4 and F.
To memory the solonoid was on the front right hand side looking at the car from the front.
Great comments. My hill lights come on when I start my 2000 freelander, I press the button and no lights….removed the rubber gator. ..and found a wire running from the handbrake to the left of the gear stick which has been cut????? Handbrake lights work…and there is no wiring coming from the hill assist button. …should there be and wiring coming from the hill assist button? Thanks in advance. ..
Yes, wires should be connected to the button for it to work. There should be two wires going to the hill descent switch, if they have broken they will need soldering back to the switch.
On my 2000 mod Freelander the amber HDC light is constantly on. Fixed loose connections at the gear lever, believed problem solved, but no luck. Light still on, but TC and ABS lights not on. Checked brake light switch and the earth points in the engine compartment. Still no luck with the HDC light.
Disconnected ABS. Went for a drive, did not use the brakes. Still the rotors got hot (left one hottest) and after re connecting the ABS hub – amber HDC light is on.
Any suggestions – anyone??
Regards Frode from Norway
It may need resetting with either a diagnostic or by unplugging the battery for 10 minutes – if that does not work let us know and we will think again.
Thanks fo the reply,
Unplugging the battery for 10 minutesdoes not do the trick. Will have to find someone with a diagnostic
If the diagnostics cannot turn the HDC light off it should be able to identify where the problem is. If you do have further problems with it please let us know.
Thanks for guiding me through the simpel steps first! The simple is often the best.
Gave the local mechanic £36 to re set the computer and guess what – the amber light is gone! Furthermore the HDC actually seem to work as intended!!
That’s great, excellent news Frode.
Could I please bother you with another issue:
Even if I don’t use the brakes the rotors get hot, and it feels like the brake pads are “sticking” – not all the time, but in a random sequence. The rear drums are not affected.
Apologies for the delay in responding.
By the rotors do you mean the brake callipers? If your Freelander has been stood for a while it is very possible these have seized. The best thing would be to replace them.
Just had a 2nd hand gearbox fitted to my freelander 1 and new clutch got it back from garage and the hill descent light is staying on amber all the time and the reversing lights dont work… bought new reverse light switch in case old one on gearbox faulty and still does not work any suggestions what to do next?
Hi, I’ve noticed a slight whine from the gearbox in third and fourth at around 1500 rpm on my 2002 Td4. At 112K is this a sign that the VCU needs attention?
It is unlikely that it has been caused by your VCU requiring attention if you are not also getting noises in your IRD. It does, however sound like an issue with one of your gearbox bearings.
At 112K we would strongly recommend you change your VCU. The best way to test if your VCU is past its useable life is to drive it on full lock, either forwards or reverse (often more evident in reverse), and if it feels like it is holding back on you, a little like the brakes are on, then it is urgent that you either replace the VCU or drop the prop shaft. The VCU’s generally have a lifespan of about 70,000 miles.
my yellow hill descent warning light is constantly on in my 54 plate freelander, no response from the button any ideas? cheers paul
This could be due to a loose or broken connection in the wires underneath the gear lever gaiter – check them first and get back to us if this does not find the problem.
Just wondering – our ’51-plate TD4 doesn’t seem to have ever had HDC working? When stationary, I switch it on and engage first gear – no lights on the dash. Does the light only come on when the system is working like TC?
The ‘3 Amigos’ lights come on with ignition and go off properly, ABS works fine but TC doesn’t seem to do anything – at least I had great fun deliberately kicking the back end out in the recent snow… Is there a warning light somewhere that someone has disconnected?
When you press the HDC switch the HDC light should illuminate in green on the dash. If the light is not illuminating then it sounds as though your HDC is not working.
The most common reason for the HDC not working is a poor connection or a broken wire under the rubber boot by the gear lever, so it is worth checking these.
The traction control is only activated when one of the wheels slips, at which point the TC light on the dash should flash briefly. If this is never happening then it is possible that this could be linked to the problem with your HDC.
Sounds like my TC and HDC needs some investigation with the multimeter – along with the just-discovered FBH not working (I’m hoping that’s just the temp sensor). Thanks for the quick reply!
Oops, hope you manage to get it sorted out Joe. If you need any more help just shout.
Great site with great advice. Have at 2005 Td4SE (2L BMW engine). Getting Traction Control (TC) and Hill Decent warning lights illuminated intermittently. What could this be and is there an easy solution? Thanks
Thank you, we’re pleased you have found the site helpful.
With regard to the TC and HDC lights it could be your brake light switch (situated under the brake pedal) – are your brake lights working? It may also be a loose connection with the wires at the gear lever, so these could be worth checking. If it is neither of these you may be best to have it put on diagnostics, if the error is not clear from the fault codes let us know what they are and we will try to identify the problem. Generally these lights do not signify a big problem.
Hi Sue I have the same problem but also when I click in HDC no green light comes on and nothing happens?
I second that aswell on this site it’s fantastic!
Thank you for your kind words on our site.
Normally when you have the three “amigos” lighting up it is one of three things:
It is worth putting it on diagnostics to determine what the issue is. If you do not have the HDC function then it could very well be a wire at the gear stick, however if you often have the issues when you brake it seems to be pointing to the brake light switch.
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