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Q MY 2004 Series 1 BA Falcon V8 ute has always had an erratic idle problem that the dealer has not been able to diagnose or fix.
Fitting a Series II throttle sensor made no difference.
When sitting at traffic lights with one foot on the clutch and the other on the brake, the idle will fluctuate wildly.
As an experiment I have let the car roll forward when this occurs and while the car is rolling and out of gear the idle will remain steady.
But as soon as it stops rolling the idle fluctuates again. It’s enough to make a loyal Ford owner see red.
Chris Windus, Bendigo From your description it appears it happens only when the brakes are applied so I would be looking for a vacuum leak associated with the brakes, such as a split or cracked hose or fitting on the brake booster or manifold.
Q WE RECENTLY bought a 1992 2 . 4 - litre Toyota Hiace campervan that’s done 150,000km. Everything seems pretty good except that the clutch shudders in first gear when the engine warms up.
We have been told the clutch oils up when the motor gets warm and causes the shudder, and have been given options: burn it off by accelerating and slipping the clutch, fit a new clutch, or don’t worry about it as it won’t hurt the motor. What do we do?
Alan and Barb Lihou, email The best course of action is to fit a new clutch. It might not have had a new clutch fitted in its life so far and if so it’s probably on its way out and will need replacing soon anyway.
Q I BOUGHT a manual Ford Courier thinking that I could push-start it if I got a flat battery, but I have been told that you should not push-start a car with a catalytic converter, even if it is a manual. Is that correct?
Tony Smith, e-mail We’ve had cars with catalytic converters for 20 years or more and there’s never been an issue with bump-starting them.
SANTA FE WEAR
Q LIKE reader Daniel Taylor, who complained his Hyundai Santa Fe was wearing out tyres, we have a Santa Fe that had the same problem.
After finally convincing the dealer that I was not a ‘‘stupid woman’’, and just short of shipping my vehicle to Hyundai, the dealer decided to fit an aftermarket adjuster kit.
This has fixed my problem and after 18 months my tyres are not scrubbing.
Velma Naylor, email Good to know the aftermarket kit fixed your problem.
SANTA FE TOE JAM
Q REGARDING the Hyundai Santa Fe owner whose car was wearing tyres, we had a customer in recently with the same concern on an R-series Santa Fe. Repeated checks with our wheel aligner, and also a specialist tyre place, failed to
Going wild: a 2004 Falcon ute has an erratic idle problem.