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Q I HAVE a 2002 Mercedes Sprinter 316 CDI van with a six-speed Sprintshift gear­box. Be­cause I can’t find any way to check the oil level in the gear­box I was won­der­ing if they were sealed for life, or is there a way of hav­ing the gear­box ser­viced?

Jack Miller, Chan­dler, Qld The Sprintshift gear­box is like a nor­mal man­ual gear­box with an au­to­mated shift mech­a­nism at­tached to per­form the cog swap­ping. You need to think of it like a man­ual gear­box, but in the case of the Sprintshift there is oil in the shift it­self. Most Benz ser­vice spe­cial­ists rec­om­mend chang­ing the oil ev­ery 100,000 km.


Q A CD has been stuck in the player in my VW Golf for about 18 months and will not eject. VW and the dealer have both said to re­turn it to the fac­tory, but be­cause I live in the coun­try I can­not af­ford to be with­out the car. I am get­ting sick of lis­ten­ing to John Den­ver. Do you have any ad­vice?

Con Van Dar­tel, email You could try dis­con­nect­ing the bat­tery, and then re­con­nect­ing it, which will re­boot the sys­tem, and it might eject the CD in the process. Other than that you would have to re­move the CD player and have a car au­dio spe­cial­ist dis­man­tle it.


Q RE­GARD­ING trans­mis­sion prob­lems with the Honda Jazz, my 2007 Jazz de­vel­oped a shud­der when ac­cel­er­at­ing in low gear. The Honda dealer rec­om­mended the trans­mis­sion be ser­viced and the oil re­placed, but there was no im­prove­ment. The oil was re­placed twice more with­out im­prove­ment. Af­ter fur­ther dis­cus­sion Honda agreed to re­place the trans­mis­sion at their cost, which has fixed the prob­lem.

Pa­trick McEniry, email The first step is to ser­vice the trans­mis­sion and change the oil, which ap­pears to fix some, but with oth­ers the so­lu­tion is to re­place the trans­mis­sion, as was done on your car.


Q AF­TER a small front-to-rear ac­ci­dent in my 2002 Ford Fo­cus au­to­matic the ra­di­a­tor was changed and, in an­other work­shop, the tim­ing belt was changed. I now have a vi­bra­tion of the steer­ing wheel hot or cold, which in­creases when I turn the wheel slowly to the right or left. Deal­ers and sus­pen­sion spe­cial­ists can’t find any­thing wrong. Could you sug­gest any rea­son for this prob­lem, or where to go to have the car ex­am­ined?

Zdenek Ve­sely, email The crash might have seemed mi­nor, but the dam­age could have been more sub­stan­tial than you think. That they changed the tim­ing belt would seem to sug­gest there was some sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the car and that’s where I would start in­ves­ti­gat­ing. I would sug­gest you con­tact an ex­pe­ri­enced as­ses­sor such as Graeme Cuth­bert, ph: 0422 444 335, and have them in­spect the car and the re­pairs.


Q I READ with in­ter­est the ques­tion from Kevin Macarthur about globe life in his Toy­ota Hy­brid. For sev­eral years I was the na­tional man­ager for au­to­mo­tive globes, one of the world’s largest

Please, not that song again: a disc is stuck in the CD player ofVWGolf.

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