Slow off the mark
THE starter on my 2003 Mitsubishi Pajero winds over for about 10 seconds before the engine starts. The spark plugs, timing belt and fuel filter were replaced, none of which made any difference. Once the motor has been running it will restart fine, but wait 20 minutes or so and it won’t start properly again. Whatever advice you can give would be greatly appreciated as have had no luck so far.
YOU’RE on the right track looking at the fuel system; the Pajero ignition system is generally robust and gives little trouble. Check the fuel pump, it could be that the pump is struggling to get up to pressure after the car has been sitting for a while.
MISSIN’ NISSAN BITS
WE ARE having trouble getting replacement parts to repair our 2010 Nissan Pathfinder Ti after my wife put a ding in the front right guard and bumper bar last year. I was told it would be fixed by the middle of November, then I was informed it would be the middle of December, then it went to the middle of January, and guess what, it went to middle of February. No one can tell me when the parts will arrive. Could you tell me is there any law that requires a car company to keep ample stock if a new model comes out?
THERE is no law I am aware of that requires carmakers to hold a certain stock of parts, but it has been the practice in the past that they would hold parts for a period of 10 years. That was before the dreaded GFC. We know that carmakers are cutting back on the stock of parts held, that costs money, and are relying on being able to quickly source parts from overseas if they aren’t on hand locally. I’d say you have been treated poorly; Nissan should have been able to fly in the parts you needed from their overseas affiliates and have them here in a matter of a few days. Jump up and down and make a fuss, it seems that’s the only way some carmakers get the message.
OUR Subaru Outback is continually blowing low beam headlamps; at least five have failed since new on each side in 120,000km. The dealer has told us that they have never had this problem before, and everything checks out OK with the car. In other words ‘‘we are not going to do anything’’. In disgust I sat down and sent an email in to Subaru Australia, but have not yet heard anything back. Where should I head with this, as it becomes not only a problem when you have to drive at night with no headlights, as I had to do once, but it could also be a liability problem for a manufacturer?
WEHAVE had previous reports of this issue and have approached Subaru for their comment, which was that they were not aware of a problem. They also advised that owners should only use Subaruapproved globes, suggesting that any problem that might exist was related to nonfactory globes.
THE clutch in my Subaru Outback had been slipping so it was returned to the dealer to be checked and my wife was told it was ‘‘full of sand’’. It was repaired under warranty, but how can sand get inside the clutch? I ama member of the Subaru Recreational and 4WD Club in Sydney and have been learning how to take the vehicle off the tar. I have driven it once on Stockton Beach during a driver training exercise with the club, it has also been driven off road around Newnes. Last year my wife and I towed a camper trailer to the Red Centre and back, and during
Stop start: Fuel pump may be struggling to get up to pressure after the car has been sitting for a while
Whenin the Outback:
Keep off the sand