The good oil on en­gine oil

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Write -

When I book in our car for a ser­vice, in my case Ford and Hyundai, the staff at the ser­vice desk try to sell ad­di­tives and flushes which will pro­long the life of the cool­ing sys­tem, en­gine, trans­mis­sion etc. I never take up these of­fers as I feel the syn­thetic oils be­ing used, and the reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing by the dealer, negates the need for all these ex­tras. They are not cheap and soon make a mock­ery of the capped­price ser­vice deals if you take up the of­fer. Am I be­ing fool­hardy or have I seen through this clever mar­ket­ing ploy?

Kevin Tonkin, WA You are def­i­nitely not be­ing fool­hardy. AIR CON I’m won­der­ing about run­ning the air­con­di­tion­ing af­ter turn­ing off the en­gine in the hy­brid Camry. How long will it keep cool­ing be­fore the bat­tery gives out?

Jen­nifer Hunt, email The air­con runs like a reg­u­lar car, noth­ing to do with the hy­brid or the hy­brid bat­tery sys­tem. Run­ning the air­con on bat­tery power is point­less be­cause you need the sys­tem to be driven by the en­gine to make the com­pres­sor work. OFF THE COM­PASS l was won­der­ing what you think of the Jeep Com­pass 4x4 with 2.4-litre en­gine and fivespeed man­ual.

Si­mon Count­able, email Sorry, but it’s re­ally noth­ing spe­cial. Nice name, hunky styling, but way be­hind the Ja­panese as a fam­ily wagon. Plus it scored only two stars in re­cent NCAP test­ing. CON­SUM­ING TIME I have no­ticed sev­eral times in Cars­guide that you tell dis­sat­is­fied cus­tomers to get in touch with the con­sumer af­fairs in their state if they can­not get sat­is­fac­tion with the dealer or the com­pany of the brand they have pur­chased. From per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, go­ing to the Con­sumer Af­fairs depart­ment is an ab­so­lute waste of time, as they al­ways say that there is noth­ing they can do about the prob­lem. Go­ing to my lo­cal MP did not help, as my let­ter was passed on to Con­sumer Af­fairs and you know the rest. Re­gard­less to say that I did away with the ve­hi­cle, as it was un­safe and un­road­wor­thy, and no­body was ready to do any­thing to help me.

Bernard, Vic­to­ria On the other side of the coin, we’ve had readers who got a re­sult that way. LIGHTONTHE BILL I’ve been do­ing some re­search re­gard­ing tow­ing a car­a­van with a Ford Ranger and came across a com­ment re­lat­ing to prob­lems when tow­ing car­a­vans with LED tail-turn lights. Ap­par­ently, a patch cable is re­quired, and when I checked the Ford web­site I found that they of­fer a cable to over­come the prob­lem. My prob­lem is that I will need to have in­stalled an elec­tric brake con­troller which will use the trailer con­nec­tor, also a power wire for power to the car­a­van will also use this con­nec­tor. I rang Ford. Un­for­tu­nately, they say they are un­able to com­ment as this is re­ally not their prob­lem.

Ian Dettmann, email The best idea is prob­a­bly to find a good auto elec­tri­cian. BRAKES BROKE Af­ter a 20-year diet of used Com­modores, we opted to buy our first new car, a 2005 As­tra Clas­sic Equipe auto hatch, a rea­son­ably nice car to run around with the kids. It turned out to be a lemon. Af­ter only 15,000km it re­quired new front ro­tors (warped) and SEVEN UP We are look­ing to buy an SUV that will be used mainly for city driv­ing, short trips to and from school and the oc­ca­sional hol­i­day etc. We have a bud­get of around $35,000 and need a seven-seater, so are toss­ing up be­tween the Toy­ota Kluger, Kia Sorento, a Mazda CX-7 or 9 and Holden Cap­tiva. Given our price range, are we bet­ter off choos­ing a near-new Sorento or Cap­tiva or go with a three to four-year-old Kluger or Mazda?

Mick Havard, email For us, it’s the Kluger ev­ery time.

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