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2008 Ford Territory has done 50,000km and has a knocking noise in the front suspension. The dealer checked it at the last service and told me that everything is OK, but it is still doing it. Is this is a fault with them?
Geoff Classon, email The Territory is well known for front-end problems, and I suspect yours could be suffering from the same issues. The ball-joints wear and eventually require replacing. Get the dealer to make a specific check of the ball-joints. Ford has done that check free in the past and should do it for you.
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AM quite happy with the performance of my 2004 2.4-litre Duratorq turbodiesel Ford Transit that I plan to drive around Australia, but I would like to improve the fuel economy. Can the engine be run on bio- diesel, or will it foul up the injectors and engine, causing expensive repairs? Do you know if a ‘‘diesel power’’ chip improves fuel economy for this model? Should I fit the Transit with a second reserve fuel tank to increase its range and reduce fuel costs by buying fuel only in major centres? Rick Owen, Northam, WA. The engine would run on bio-diesel, but if you swap you should service it and replace filters etc. after running a tank of bio through it. The bio-diesel will remove all the varnish that’s built up in the fuel system and that will accumulate in the filters. It should be fine after doing that service, but I wouldn’t advise doing it unless you can get bio-diesel wherever you go. It’s not a good idea to be switching back and forth. A ‘‘power chip’’ is claimed to improve the economy, but you need to drive accordingly to achieve the claimed improvement. Most people don’t get the economy benefits because they make use of the increase in power it also delivers. Fitting a second reserve tank would be a good move. That way you can take advantage of price swings and buy when the fuel is cheapest. Transits are prone to turbo failure, so I‘d have the dealer check that before you go bush.
reading about the clicking noise in the rear of the AU Fairmont I thought I’d tell you about the similar problem I had with a BA Falcon XR8. I had a complete brake refit, but the problem was a bent axle, which I was told occurred through hitting potholes, and made worse by the low-profile tyres on the XR8. Hope this helps.
Greg Le Fevre, email That’s possible, but you would have to hit the potholes very hard and very often, even with the low-profile tyres, to bend an axle, and I would have thought you would have picked up by a wheel shake instead of a ‘‘clicking‘‘ noise. I would also have thought you would break a wheel before bending an axle.
3.0-litre Isuzu turbodiesel has done 125,000km. It has always been serviced by the book and runs faultlessly, but the coolant looks scummy and smells a little like diesel. Does the coolant go off, or is it possible for diesel to get into the cooling system?
Les Haughton, email Coolant should be changed regularly, annually at least, but the interval should be shown in your service book. It can look a little oily, but that’s not an issue, and because your vehicle is running well with no sign of a prob-
Ball-joint wear: a Ford Territory has a knocking noise in the front suspension.