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SHAKE TO JAZZ
Q OUR 2007 Honda Jazz has shuddered from a standing start, from new. The first time we complained the dealer replaced the transmission mount. The second time the transmission fluid was drained and the transmission flushed. It’s now done 60,000km and we wonder what we are supposed to do after the warranty runs out? Instead of Honda helping with the cost of the repairs, it should fix the problem once and for all.
Charlie Menniti, email It would appear Honda believes your transmission is operating acceptably, but you don’t. Maintain the pressure until Honda fixes your car, and keep meticulous records of all dealings. This will back up any claim later on.
Q THE tyres on my elderly friend’s 1994 Toyota Corolla 4x4 manual sedan are wearing out quickly. The last set, Platinum Achille, lasted 32,000km and the set before that, Maxis, lasted 28,000km. Most of her driving is on sealed roads and considering she is a careful driver, I would have thought she should get better mileage out of the tyres. What should she be looking at when buying her next set of tyres?
Alex Helderman, email The tyres she has bought in the past are very cheap ones and I would suggest she should look at a betterquality tyre, such as a Michelin. She could also have the alignment checked to make sure all is in order in that area.
TIME TO BELT UP
Q A MECHANIC friend has told me I should have the cam belt on my 1988 Honda Legend changed. It’s done 168,000km and he tells me it should be changed at 150,000km. Is he correct?
Mark Halpin, email The recommended belt service interval is 80,000-100,000km and it cer- tainly needs to be done. Mechanics often recommend changing the water pump at the same time because the tension of the new belt on the old water pump can cause the water pump bearings to fail. The cost to do the service is about $500, but can be up to $800 if the water pump is changed.
FEELING THE COLD
Q ON COLD starts our 2006 Ford Futura shudders slightly while reversing and is unresponsive. My daughter lives on a busy street and has to accelerate in a hurry at times, so the flat spot is of some concern. Two mechanics have looked at the car, but once
the car warms up the problem goes away. Charlene, email It’s likely to be a faulty engine sensor that’s not telling the computer that it’s a cold start and the engine needs extra fuel to start and run. Take it to a mechanic who has diagnostic equipment and can test the computer and its sensors. If need be, leave the car with them overnight so they can do a cold start.
DAMN AND DASH
Q THE top of the dash on my son’s 2007 Falcon XR6 is fading. My son brought the problem to the attention of the dealer just before the warranty ran out and they
Keep up the pressure: a reader wants Honda to stop his Jazz shuddering.