It’s double de-clutched
I have a quote to repair my AWD 2006 Ford Territory after the ‘‘shift solenoid failure code’’ came up. A changeover automatic transmission was recommended at a cost of $7200. The car is only five years old and has only done 127,000km. Can that be right? It is only worth $15,000. What are my options?
Rosemary, email Take it to an auto transmission specialist and get another opinion. If it is a failed solenoid as the code suggests, it is possible to replace the solenoid and it should not cost more than about $1000. LPG CONVERSION Where can I get my 2007 four-cylinder Toyota Camry converted to LPG and how much should it cost?
Benconner, email IMPCO has a certified kit for your car that is available through IMPCO installers. View www.impco.com.au for your nearest installer or phone (03) 8788 1000. Typical price is about $3600. CLUTCH CRISIS We have been permanently on the road with our 2010 Mazda BT-50, towing a 6.4m caravan that is under the three-tonne load limit, and we are experiencing clutch shudder. We have already had one clutch replaced at about 20,000km, and we are now up to 33,000km and have the clutch shudder back. Is this normal, or is it because they have too light a clutch system and not meant for pulling constantly, as they claim? We have spoken to others with the same problem, and also to people with Nissan Navaras who have had to replace clutches as well.
Dennis, email It is a relatively common complaint with the BT-50. The answer seems to be that the factory-fitted clutches are marginal for heavy-duty use, and the answer from mechanics we have asked is to fit a heavyduty aftermarket clutch. GOOD TIMING When should I change the cam timing belt on my 2003 Mitsubishi Magna?
Sidmauger Magna belts are generally pretty durable but the recommended change time is 100,000km. GASKET CASE My 2007 Ford Escape has a minor oil leak, and the local Ford dealer has told me that the sump gasket and timing cover oil seal need replacing. As the vehicle has only travelled 70,000km, is this unusual? He has quoted me a price of $2175 to fix it. Have I got any options?
John Kenworthy, email It does seem a lot of money to do the work needed, but before drawing any conclusions, check the quote and establish exactly what it is you are being charged for. With that information you could approach other mechanics and have them quote on the job. TOUGHAS NAILS I have a 1999 VT Series II 3.8-litre V6 that has done 217,000km and I’m wondering if it would be suitable for