Rear guard ac­tion on SRI-V

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The black plas­tic lin­ers in­side the rear guards on my 2011 Holden Cruze SRI-V have started to fold in to­wards the tyres, which is putting pres­sure on the outer panel by draw­ing it into the un­der­car­riage of the car. Can I take the car back to Holden to have it fixed?

War­ren, email It could be the re­sult of shoddy pro­duc­tion so by all means take it back to the dealer and have them look at it for you. SEAL THING I have a 2007 Toy­ota Prado with the same diesel en­gine as the Hilux and was won­der­ing how I could tell if the in­jec­tor seals were leak­ing. When I bought my car new, it had a knock­ing noise when cold, but was nor­mal when warmed up. The dealer said that there was no re­call but he did recog­nise that it was noisy. Will I cause any dam­age when it is cold? Some­one told me that the fuel is flood­ing the mo­tor, caus­ing it to run in­cor­rectly.

Stu­art Fran­come, email There was a prob­lem with the en­gines when they were cold. I un­der­stand that it was be­cause of over-fu­elling dur­ing the time of col­drun­ning. I be­lieve Toy­ota was chang­ing the in­jec­tors on com­plaint ve­hi­cles. The leak­ing in­jec­tor seal is some­thing else and the way to check if there is a prob­lem is to in­spect the oil pick-up in the sump for a build-up of car­bon de­posits. If the pick-up has a car­bon build-up, the like­li­hood is that it would even­tu­ally block and starve the en­gine of oil; if there is no car­bon present, it is un­likely to have a prob­lem. It’s best that a dealer check the pick-up by in­sert­ing a probe through the oil drain hole in the sump. GIMME GEARS What is your opin­ion of CVTS? I have heard belts break early and they’re ex­pen­sive to re­pair.

Kim, email I’mnot a fan and wouldn’t own one my­self. My ex­pe­ri­ence dates back to the early 1980s, when they couldn’t make the belt last on any­thing but a small en­gine and even then they were trou­ble­some. Now, they have im­proved and they are much more re­li­able and the prin­ci­ple be­hind them

Back in black: The plas­tic guard lin­ers are fold­ing in to­wards the rear tyres of a Holden Cruze SRI-V

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