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Q WE updated the GPS maps in our Toyota Aurion only to find they are three years behind the UBN maps that Whereis use. Place names were spelt incorrectly, and when driving to Bendigo it showed we were going across paddocks, even though the road had been opened for years. Closer to home, it has an intersection as a roundabout when it has had lights for at least six years. The disc cost $420 from Toyota. What a rip-off.
Duncan Townsend, email It is a problem most car makers seem to be have, one they need to address. Instead of letting cars go with outdated maps they should check them during pre-delivery and update the maps to the latest available. Seems simple.
Q THREE weeks after taking delivery of my new 2005 Hyundai Getz the remote failed and wouldn’t open the doors, and using the key set the alarm off and immobilised the car. Since then it has been back to the dealer on many occasions without finding out the cause. This past week my neighbour, who has a Hyundai i30, has also had the problem and so too has his friend with a Mazda. We all live in the same street in Dapto, near Wollongong. Could it be interference? Sue Swift, email It could be interference. I would consult a local locksmith and have them check the lock. Most locksmiths can check and program keys and could have the local knowledge to tell you if it is interference. You could also check local radio hams.
Q WITH reference to the problem Alex Parfait (carsGuide 14/1/2011) is having with the cruise control suddenly turning off in his 2008 Ford Focus, my daughter had the same problem with her 2008 Focus. In her case the dealer tracked it down to a faulty brake light switch that would momentarily flick the brake lights on and thus disengage the cruise control. Lawrie Colver, email. Good info that could solve the problem with Alex’s car, and the sort of thing that’s hard to trace.
Q TWO years ago my 2005 BA Mark 2 Falcon XT developed an intermittent front-end vibration, generally at 80km/h or over. Ford, Pedders and another specialist have not been able to find the fault. One thing I have noticed, though, is that the front right-hand brake is extremely hot when I pull over during a vibration event. What could cause this?
Waynne Lee, e-mail The brake could be the clue. We have had reports of a vibration similar to yours that is caused by the brake master cylinder not fully releasing the brakes. Have the master cylinder checked; you might need to replace it.
Q MY AU Mark 2 Ford Futura has developed a pinging noise under load on very warm to hot days with the air-conditioning on. It also boiled on a 35C day last week although the temperature gauge did not indicate so and nor did the temperature light come on. I am confident that it is not a serious problem such as a cracked head/head gasket as I am not losing coolant and the car starts perfectly every time. My gut feeling is that it may be something as simple as a sticky thermostat. Wayne Curtis, email
Wrong way: a reader is having trouble with the GPS on his Toyota Aurion.