Get to grips with clutch
The clutch in my 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero needed replacing after just 39,000km — which I believe is unsatisfactory given it has only been used for suburban and country motoring and hasn’t done any towing. Mitsubishi says it is normal wear and tear and thus not covered by warranty. Before this I had a Subaru Forester, which had 104,000km on the odometer when I sold it and was still on the original clutch. I have also contacted the Department of Fair Trading but it was unable to assist. What are your thoughts?
David Rant, email CLUTCHES are a regular complaint item at Carsguide but determining what is acceptable life for a clutch is difficult— it depends so much on use and that varies from owner to owner. I reckon 39,000km is unacceptable in normal use but to argue your case would be long and frustrating. I’d fit a heavy-duty aftermarket clutch, which should give you better service. GAS NOISE ISNOGAS I spent nearly $5000 to have a JTG LPG liquid injection system fitted to my 2007 Prado V6. From the first day it has had a loud noise, like pressure being released, after the engine is turned off. It starts about a minute after turning the ignition off and lasts for about 30 to 40 seconds and it’s so loud my wife can hear it inside our house. The installer said it was normal and every car he’s converted with the system has the same noise. I was surprised that after spending nearly $5000 I have to put up with this. Is this normal? Is there any way I can fix it? Why wasn’t it mentioned to me before I bought it? I would have never converted my car if I’d known.
Amalpieris, email IT DOESN’T seem normal and you did the correct thing in going back to the installer. Having found no satisfaction there, you should take the car to the system supplier, the Australian LPG Warehouse, to get it assessed and hopefully fixed to your liking. Phone 1300 574 669.
Wear: Aheavy-duty aftermarket clutch
is the answer