Oil Sludge Might Be Disabling the Evoque's Power Brakes
Early model years of the Range Rover Evoque's 1st generation can experience a sudden loss of power brake assist. The engine-powered brake vacuum pumps need a constant supply of oil to avoid overheating. It appears oil sludge in Land Rover's engines are to blame for the pumps shutting down and dangerously increased stopping distances.
Most power brakes rely on a vacuum pump to provide additional power to slow down your vehicle. If that vacuum loses its seal it can suddenly make pushing on the brake pedal a lot harder, dangerously increasing the distance it takes to stop when you're least expecting it.
The investigation focused on claims made by 2012-2014 Range Rover Evoque owners.
The claims all souned similar. For example, one Evoque owner in New Jersey said he suddenly lost his brakes while driving down the highway. His wife and kids were in the car and he was only able to come to a stop after shiting into NEUTRAL and pulling over to the shoulder.
His quick thinking was critical, but he was also lucky as he had plenty of room to come to a stop. Not everyone has that same luxury.
Investigation expands and reaches one step closer to a recall ∞
The investigation was upgraded in September 2020 once safety regulators learned that roughly 200 warranty claims had been filed related to sudden brake failure.