Rat­tle and very ho-hum

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

I HAVE just had the en­gine in my VT Holden Calais re­placed and have had to take it back to the me­chanic three times to have oil leaks fixed. The last time I took it back, they found that the rocker cover gas­kets need re­plac­ing, which they say I have to pay $150 to have fixed. Each time I took the car back, they said that all was fine and noth­ing should go wrong. Could you ad­vise if I amin the right in say­ing that I should not have to pay for the gas­kets to be re­placed as I ex­pect that the en­gine that I got should not have to have any­thing done to it? Ash­ley Roberts, email I Amas­sum­ing the en­gine was a sec­ond-hand one and there was no guar­an­tee on it or the work done by the me­chanic. If that is the case, you are re­ly­ing on the good­will of the me­chanic to do the right thing and have lit­tle other claim. The best thing to do would be to talk to the me­chanic about your ex­pec­ta­tions and try to reach an agree­ment on the cost to carry out the sub­se­quent re­pairs. If you can’t reach a sat­is­fac­tory agree­ment, you could try your con­sumer af­fairs peo­ple, or take the me­chanic to your small claims tri­bunal. If there was a guar­an­tee on the en­gine or the work, make a claim on that. WHERETO START? MY 2000 AU Ford Fal­con has a rat­tling noise un­der the car on the driver’s side of the en­gine bay; it vi­brates at a cer­tain speed, and over­heats, es­pe­cially when the air­con is op­er­at­ing. I have re­placed the ex­haust sys­tem and the cat­alytic con­verter. Could it be the pul­ley mak­ing the noise?

Chris Dza­jkovski, NSW YOU’VE prob­a­bly got a num­ber of prob­lems. The rat­tling noise and the vi­bra­tion could be the ex­haust hit­ting part of the body; the over­heat­ing could be a ra­di­a­tor is­sue. HEAVY DRINKER MY grandpa left me his 2004 ded­i­cated LPG BA Fal­con to drive when he went over­seas, but I was shocked at how much fuel it was con­sum­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the trip com­puter, it was do­ing 24-25 L/100km, but I man­aged to get that down to 22 L/100km af­ter a few days of nanny driv­ing, which is still out­ra­geous. I don’t know what the prob­lem might be.

Yasin Er­dem, Vic IT’S con­sum­ing about 50 per cent more LPG than it should. It should be do­ing 17-18 L/100km on LPG, not

Fac­tory mod­els: the Holden Com­modore VT Calais sedan and (above right) the Honda Ac­cord Euro

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