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THE fac­tory orig­i­nal Goodyear tyres on my 2007 BF Ford Fal­con need re­plac­ing af­ter 41,000km. I un­der­stand this is about av­er­age for a car of this size. I have ob­tained three quotes and they come in be­tween $1080 to $1260 fit­ted and bal­anced for a set of four. I got a fourth quote for a sim­i­lar tyre named Rock­stone, which I un­der­stand is made in China and about half the price of the Goodyear. The dealer as­sured me their driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics were sim­i­lar to the Goodyear tyres, and they were rated higher at 98W. I have never heard of them. Are they safe? Do they have good tyre life?

Joe Briffa, email Lit­tle is known about the Rock­stone brand, so it’s not pos­si­ble to ad­vise on their safety or po­ten­tial life. There is no doubt, how­ever, that you would be com­pro­mis­ing some­where, ei­ther in the per­for­mance, noise, ride com­fort or life. The best ad­vice is to shop around for a known brand of tyre that still gives you a sav­ing over the Goodyears.


AF­TER a bat­tery change, the mal­func­tion in­di­ca­tor light (MIL) in my 2005 Nis­san X-Trail came on and the en­gine went into ‘‘limp’’ mode. Af­ter check­ing on­line, I found the com­puter on the X-Trail could be re­set by re­mov­ing cer­tain fuses for a short time. Feel­ing very clever, I did this, and sure enough, the MIL went off and the car came out of ‘‘limp’’ mode. How­ever, it was noted by my ‘‘cy­ber guru’’ that if the fault were more se­ri­ous, the MIL would come back on, which it did! Are you aware of any on-board di­ag­nos­tic code reader I can get for my car so I can iden­tify and rec­tify the prob­lem with­out go­ing to the dealer?'

Paul Ditch­burn, Park­dale I’M not aware of any af­ford­able equip­ment you could buy to di­ag­nose prob­lems at home. If you want to save money you could use an in­de­pen­dent ser­vice agent who would gen­er­ally charge much less than the dealer.

Safety worry: a Fal­con owner is look­ing for cheaper, qual­ity tyres.

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