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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