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2004 Subaru Out­back was writ­ten off af­ter be­ing badly dam­aged in the re­cent hail­storm in Mel­bourne and we have up­dated to a 2008 Lib­erty wagon. We reg­u­larly trans­port bi­cy­cles on the week­ends, but don’t want the bars on the roof dur­ing the week. The Out­back bars have a hand twist and key lock ar­range­ment that makes them much eas­ier to at­tach and re­move than the bolted rails on the Lib­erty. Is it pos­si­ble to fit the Out­back-style roof rails to a Lib­erty wagon?

Camp­bell Hutchi­son, email We asked Subaru and the short an­swer is no. They told us that the roof cross bars be­tween the Lib­erty and the Out­back are dif­fer­ent, as are the way they mount to the roof. Your Out­back has a rail sys­tem, sim­i­lar to the cur­rent Out­back and Forester, whereas the Lib­erty screws into the roof. With two dif­fer­ent at­tach­ment sys­tems, they can­not be in­ter­changed.



A re­cent trip the flexplate on our low-mileage 2005 Toy­ota Kluger Grande all but de­stroyed it­self. I have the of­fend­ing part, which is cracked in a cir­cle all bar about 2.5cm. The car is out of war­ranty, but has been ser­viced by the same Toy­ota dealer all its life. Is it rea­son­able to ap­proach Toy­ota to see if they will help with this ex­pen­sive re­pair? QOVER

time the clutch on my daugh­ter’s 2006 Mit­subishi Lancer en­gaged closer and closer to the floor un­til it be­gan crunch­ing

David Blain, email We haven’t had any other re­ports of this fail­ure on the Kluger, but cracked flex­plates are not un­com­mon and I have seen many of dif­fer­ent makes and mod­els. I would cer­tainly have a crack at Toy­ota, par­tic­u­larly if you have your car’s full ser­vice records and the cracked flexplate to show them.


gears. There was no clutch slip and the car had trav­elled only 67,000km. A dealer told us that the clutch was burned out and it was not cov­ered by war­ranty. We dis­agreed and took it to a re­pairer who fit­ted a new clutch kit. The re­pairer re­ported the clutch was fine and that the pres­sure plate was the prob­lem. We con­tacted Mit­subishi seek­ing re­im­burse­ment of the costs, but they asked for an­other re­port from a clutch man­u­fac­turer. We got a re­port from a clutch maker stat­ing the pres­sure plate was the cause of the early en­gage­ment of the clutch. Mit­subishi read both re­ports and then de­nied the pres­sure plate was the prob­lem and re­fused to com­pen­sate us. A Mit­subishi rep­re­sen­ta­tive re­peated like a par­rot that Mit­subishi does not war­rant clutches. I did ev­ery­thing Mit­subishi asked and they still won’t ad­mit they were wrong and re­im­burse us. We have in­vested so much time in this dis­pute that we will not give up. Our next stop is court ac­tion if pub­li­ca­tion doesn’t shame Mit­subishi into hon­our­ing their war­ranty.

Karl Blake, email I think you will bat­tle to get com­pen­sa­tion on this, un­less you can prove con­clu­sively the pres­sure plate is out of spec­i­fi­ca­tion. The only peo­ple who know the spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the clamp­ing load, which might be where the prob­lem lies, is Mit­subishi. What makes it dif­fi­cult is that car­mak­ers don’t war­rant clutches. They are con­sid­ered wearand-tear items as Mit­subishi has told you, added to which you had the clutch re­placed by some­one other than a Mit­subishi dealer.

Tak­ing a Lib­erty: re­gret­tably, Out­back-style roof rails won’t fit this wagon.

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