Reason to be all fired up
For three weeks after I took my Toyota Corolla in for its first 1000km service I was feeling quite ill, my speech was slurred; I was tired and sleepy all day, nauseous and had severe headaches. Then, two weeks ago the car caught fire when my husband was driving. There was smoke everywhere. My husband looked under the bonnet to find the cap had been left off when they checked the oil. There was burning oil everywhere. When I called the service centre, they played it down. They told me to take the car to them, which I refused, so they sent a mechanic to take it away. They brought it back a couple of hours later and said it was OK; they cleaned the engine and replaced the plastic cover. I would like to know if this has caused longterm damage to my new car. I also went to the doctor and he took blood tests and said I have lung damage and am very lucky to be alive, as I have been inhaling carbon monoxide.
Mary Sant, email. You shouldn’t have let the car out of your sight; instead you should have had it inspected by an independent mechanic for possible damage that might have been caused in the fire. Even now I would get it inspected for damage, anything could have been damaged in the fire— wiring, hoses, paint, plastic components, you won’t know until it’s properly checked. You should also consider consulting Fair Trading with a view to further claims against the people who did the servicing. IT’S EASY TO GO LPG I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma that uses the 1GR-FE engine, but when I asked Toyota Australia about converting it to LPG they advised that this engine should not be converted. Can you recommend an LPG system that best suits this engine?
Tonyjackson, email The engine prefix appears to be the same as the engines fitted in other Australian models, such as Hilux, and these are successfully installed with LPG. Any system that is certified for the engine would carry over, but it would be necessary to check the car itself to see what modifications, if any, might be needed to fit it. CLUNKYCREWMAN My 2004 Holden Crewman Cross8 makes a clunking noise
Aroutine service on a newcorolla went awry.