Fixed servicing should be enough
I OWNa 2010 Toyota Hilux SR5 Dual Cab Turbo Diesel and have been taking advantage of the fixed cap servicing of $170 per service, but while having a wheel alignment carried out at a tyre outlet I was told that my handbrake was only being adjusted at the lever and not the rear wheels. Is it better to find a true 4x4 mechanic?
Matt Jones, email.
Before you do anything, talk to your dealer. There is no need to find a specialist 4x4 mechanic.
MY daughter’s 2001 Ford Laser auto has a recurring problem, which nobody can put their finger on. It only occurs intermittently, but it is quite distressing, especially when you are driving in traffic or stopped at the traffic lights. The engine shudders when stationary and feels like it’s going to ‘‘conk out’’. It seems to correct itself for a time, but might come back a week or two later. Recently when I was driving at 100 km/h the motor lost power; speed dropped to about 80 km/h. After a few minutes the engine seemed to right itself and we continued without further incident. The mechanics we have taken it to have not been able to find anything wrong and nothing shows on a diagnostic check.
Intermittent problems can be very hard to diagnose because they rarely happen when the mechanic is present. Same with the diagnostic checks, nothing will show up if the engine is running normally when the checks are done. I would check the various engine sensors, their connectors and the wiring loom, looking for a corroded or poor connection.
MY Honda Jazz, now out of warranty, has been experiencing similar gearbox troubles as reported by some of your readers. Three years ago vibrations started when moving off uphill. The dealer’s solution was to flush the gearbox and put in new oil. The ‘‘fix’’ would last for about 10 months before the procedure had to be repeated. Honda wants me to pay $220 every time this happens, something that should have been done under warranty. What should I do now — tackle the dealer, go to Honda Australia or go to consumer affairs?
John John Hicks, Hicks, email email
Hopefully, you have kept a record of the times the transmission oil has been changed and the result of the procedure. I would take that to the dealer in the first instance and present a claim to have the gearbox replaced, as has happened with some other Jazz owners. If that does not get the result you want, move up the chain and if necessary go to the consumer affairs people as the last resort.
I WAS thinking of having my SV22 four-cylinder Toyota Camry which has more than 260,000km on the original engine, converted and taking advantage of the remaining $1500 government subsidy. Is it a good idea to do this so late in the life of an elderly engine? Are there any issues likely to manifest themselves where an
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