Land Rover Discovery Owners & Service Manuals

Land Rover Discovery: Rear Suspension / Description and Operation

Land Rover Discovery (2009–2016) Service Manual / Chassis / Chassis-Suspension / Rear Suspension / Description and Operation


  1. Shock absorber
  2. Spring
  3. Stabilizer bar
  4. Wheel knuckle
  5. Tie arm
  6. Lower control arm
  7. Subframe
  8. Stabilizer bar link


An advanced multi-link rear suspension is introduced providing superior dynamics and refinement with enhanced wheel articulation. The compact design of the rear suspension allows for a generous luggage compartment area which is also capable of packaging the occasional third row of seats.

Lightweight aluminium chassis components are used extensively to advance suspension performance by increasing stiffness and reducing un-sprung weight, while also reducing total vehicle weight.


The vehicle has a fully independent suspension system with an advanced new multi-link design, which delivers enhanced dynamics and refinement together with a compact layout providing increased vehicle interior space.

The rear suspension has been specifically developed to offer responsive and agile handling together with supreme ride quality and refinement. Excellent wheel travel and articulation aids the vehicle to class-leading off-road performance, but without the intrusive suspension towers of a traditional strut-based layout.

The compact multi-link layout enables a more spacious luggage compartment, with excellent shoulder and elbow room and the option of 5+2 seating, plus increased luggage space. The suspension layout is also optimised to allow a short rear overhang, even with a full-size spare wheel mounted under the floor. It is also possible to package an underslung reduced section spare wheel along with 5+2 seating due to the exceptionally space efficient suspension architecture.

Both the rear suspension lower control arm and wheel knuckle are produced from thin-walled hollow aluminium castings, delivering additional weight savings.

The rear suspension is mounted on an optimised steel subframe which is light and stiff for optimum steering response, chassis performance and refinement.


 Spring and Shock Absorber

NOTE: Adaptive dynamics damper shown, standard damper similar. Bolt - shock absorber to wheel knuckle Shock absorber Nut - Shock absorber top mounting to body fastener Nut - shock absorber to t

 Lower Control Arm and Tie Bar

Flag nut retaining screw Flag nut - lower control arm to wheel knuckle Bush - lower control arm to wheel knuckle Bolt - lower control arm to wheel knuckle Lower control arm Bolt (front) - low

 Ride and Handling Optimization Ride and Handling Optimization Switch (G1779911)/ Removal and Installation

REMOVAL NOTES: Some variation in the illustrations may occur, but the essential information is always correct. Some components shown removed for clarity. Removal steps in this procedure may conta


 Power Steering - Operation

For the electric power steering system to provide assistance the engine must be running - with one exception - see: ASSISTANCE CHANGES DURING ECO STOP/START FUNCTIONS, below. If a fault occurs which affects control of the electric motor, the PSCM (Power Steering Control Module) disables the electri

 Roof Pod (G1785332)  / Removal and Installation

REMOVAL CAUTION: Protect the surrounding paintwork to avoid damage. NOTES: Some variation in the illustrations may occur, but the essential information is always correct. Removal steps in this procedure may contain installation details. Refer to: 'A' Pillar Trim Panel (501-05 Interior Trim

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