GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR CAR?
GLOBE PROBLEMS QMY
FRIEND and I are having problems with light globes on our Camry Hybrid taxis. They have been on the road since March and have done 80,000km. In that time we have replaced the low-beam globes six times. Every exterior light globe has been replaced four to six times. The Prius taxis do not have this problem. One has been on the road for three years and done 300,000km and has needed only three low-beam globes. Anyone using a Camry Hybrid as a personal car might not have these problems because they wouldn’t do the night hours we do.
Kevin McArthur, email Toyota has told us that they will contact you to investigate the issues on your Camry Hybrids. CLUTCH STRAIN QAFTER
30,000km my carpenter son has replaced the clutch in his 2009 Nissan D40. Nissan didn’t want to know about it, so he had an independent mechanic fit a heavy-duty clutch and flywheel. I believe the problem is that first gear in modern utes is too high for a tradie wanting to pull a heavily loaded trailer. Will somebody provide an alternative-ratio gearbox for 2WD tradie utes, and indeed for the 4WD utes, so that people who work for a living can drive off the mark without tearing their clutches out?
Peter Young, email You could well be right. We have had quite a number of reports of people having to replace clutches in utes at ridiculously low kays, so low you have to think the clutches are not up to the task. Having a lower first-gear ratio would certainly make it easier on the clutch at get-away. RARE PARTS QTHE
driver’s door latch on my XG Falcon ute failed and my Ford dealer told me he wouldn’t order one from Ford because the
Short-lived: a reader says globes don’t last long on Camry Hybrid taxis. company wasn’t supporting that model any more. I have managed to get it repaired, so I’m out of trouble, but while I understand it makes good financial sense not to carry a load of parts for older vehicles at the dealer level, surely the manufacturer should be doing something to support the brand. I know Holden supports Rare Spares to provide parts for older models and I wonder if Ford does anything similar.
Michael B, email To my knowledge they don’t, but it would be worth your while next time to contact Rare Spares because they carry a lot of parts for makes other than Holden. The XG is now 14 years or so old and the doors date back even further to the XE/XF model, so it’s probably a big ask for Ford to be carrying parts for it, particularly today when, like all carmakers, they are struggling to make a quid. GEAR DROP-OUT QRECENTLY
I found the gearbox in my 2007 Nissan X-Trail STS was dropping out of fifth gear and back to neutral above 80km/h. It has done only 45,000km, but is outside the three-year warranty period. I have an extended three-year manufacturer’s warranty with NWC, but they don’t want to pay the $4720 I have been quoted for the repairs. Instead they have arranged for a secondhand gearbox to be installed. Have you heard of any other X-Trails with this problem?
John Graham, email It’s the first report we’ve had of this problem and I wouldn’t expect a gearbox to fail at such low kays. UNEVEN WEAR QWHEN
my 2008 Honda Accord was returned to me after its 30,000km service I was told the
It’s not unusual today to see rear brakes wearing faster than the fronts. There’s nothing wrong with the brakes as such. Our brake specialist, Howard Reynolds of Race Brakes, says it is quite common on some Japanese and European cars, and appears to be a result of manufacturers trying to extract as much braking power from the rear brakes as they can. It seems to be worse in low-speed city driving and appears at about the kays your car has done.
may recall my question to you about my Holden Captiva pulling left and badly wearing out tyres. At 13,000km I had to fit two new tyres and have the wheel alignment done. Even after that it wasn’t any different. Well, following your request to Holden to investigate my complaint I have now received a phone call from them basically telling me that it is the way I drive. They are saying the wheel alignment has never been done properly and have sent me a wheel alignment sheet with the specification it must be set to. I have asked them to pay for the tyres and the wheel alignment with the condition that if the car drives fine after that I will pay, but they have refused. What should I do? I feel you are right, and there are lots of other Captiva owners out there who feel the same way. The tyre wear is a camber problem and there isn’t enough adjustment on the front end to correct it. You can go to a company such as Pedders and they can fit camber pins to the front end and do an alignment, which will fix the problem. The cost will be in the order of $250. The pulling problem is a different one and related to caster. Right now there is no fix available for it, but several suspension specialist companies are developing eccentric bushes that can be fitted to allow the caster to be adjusted to rid it of its tendency to pull left. You could also follow Holden’s advice and have the wheels aligned to the specification you have been given, and see how it goes.
reading about a Holden Captiva pulling left and having to have its tyres replaced, I realised that it wasn’t You are not alone. Your experience is quite common, but it’s a problem that Holden doesn’t seem keen to own up to. Contact Holden directly and register your concerns. You could also consult a suspension specialist who should be able to fix the problem for you.
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Nicole Walter, email
DRIVE a 2008 Captiva LX that has done 58,000km and it has pulled to the left from day one. I have often raised the issue with my Holden dealer, but have never received a satisfactory explanation. Tyre retailers I spoke with were more than forthcoming, letting me know that the Captiva was well known to have poor tyre wear, which was a result of the alignment. I would urge all Captiva owners to lodge complaints directly with Holden so that they understand the magnitude of the problem. I would also urge owners who have the same problem with their Captivas to contact Holden and register their concerns. There is little doubt that the Captiva has a problem.