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GOT THE SHUDDERS
HAD brake shudder on my EL Falcon at 218,970km and had new discs fitted . At 235,665km the shudder returned and I had the discs machined and front bearings and pads replaced, but the shudder has now returned at 248,160km. If I lightly touch the brakes at speed there is a violent shudder through the steering wheel that disappears when heavier pressure is applied to the brakes. Can you throw any light on the problem?
Ron Stevens, email You’ve done the logical things in replacing and/or machining the discs and replacing the wheel bearings. Make sure there are no problems in those areas now. You could also check the brake master cylinder to ensure it is fully retracting when you take your foot off the pedal. Another Falcon owner has told us they found the master cylinder was holding the brakes on slightly and it was causing the discs to warp.
young friends drive a Ford Festiva and a Ford Fiesta and both have had problems with front-wheel bearings. Neither car is driven hard, but one has had a front-wheel bearing replaced at about 60,000km and the other is on its third front-wheel bearing. I find this most unusual. Have you heard of this and what could be done to rectify this problem?
John Eaton, email We haven’t received any reports of problems with wheel bearings on these cars. The Festiva was on the market for a long time and there was nothing to suggest there was a widespread problem, and though the Fiesta hasn’t been here for a long time it doesn’t appear to have a history of problems in that area either.
NOT SO GRANDE
HAVE owned a 2001 Toyota Cressida Grande for several years and, apart from of what I describe as a ‘‘booming’’ noise under acceleration, we have been delighted with it. The car is in perfect condition despite its 200,000km, but we haven’t been able to fix the problem, despite attempts by several mechanics. Twelve months ago I acquired a 2001 Cressida GLX in concours d’elegance condition, which is identical to the Grande mechanically but doesn’t have the noise irritation. Can you or any readers suggest a solution?
Jim McChulloch, email Booming noises are often caused by the exhaust, so check to make sure all the mounts are in place and in good condition. Compare the exhausts on both of your cars to identify any differences that may contribute to the noise.
the headlight problem on the Subaru Outback: I have a 2001 model and have lost count of the times I have replaced the lowbeam bulbs. I have tried different brands and types to no avail. It seems the fault is endemic. I hope the problem does not occur in my 2010 Outback.
bullbar on my new Toyota Prado is deteriorating quite fast. I have raised it with the dealer who says they all go like that and to polish it, but I have seen other
Disc worries: an EL Falcon owner is having problems with shuddering brakes.