In­ject shun

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

There was a prob­lem with the in­jec­tors over-fu­elling the en­gine dur­ing warm-up of the diesel en­gine and Toy­ota is­sued re­vised in­jec­tors that a dealer could fit if you com­plained about it. I’d take it back and ask that the re­vised in­jec­tors be fit­ted. VAPOURRUB I can’t re­fill my 1998 dual-fuel Toy­ota Land­Cruiser when it’s warmer than 30C. A friend who used to be in the LPG in­dus­try said I should have a larger fill hose fit­ted but it turned out that I al­ready had the largest hose. The au­to­matic fill lim­iter was ad­justed and I was ad­vised to fill at petrol sta­tions with above­ground stor­age tanks on hot days, but it still won’t fill when it’s over 30C. An­other friend said it could be air in the tank that needs to be re­moved. Do you have any ideas?

Phil Green, email Our LPG ex­perts say it is un­likely to be air in the tank be­cause the in­stal­la­tion was done some 18 months ago. The most likely cause is a heat source in­flu­enc­ing pres­sure in the tank. Check for changes to the ex­haust sys­tem. POW­ER­LESS TO ACT I bought a 2009 PK Ford Ranger XLT 4WD auto to re­place a Ford AUII ute to tow a horse float weigh­ing 900kg and two horses weigh­ing at most 1000kg. Up un­til the Ranger’s 30,000km ser­vice I was very happy with the ve­hi­cle — it had power up the hills to my prop­erty and I could com­fort­ably do 95km/h up the steep­est hills tow­ing just un­der two tonnes. I did a trip three days be­fore the ser­vice with­out a prob­lem but three days af­ter the ser­vice I did the same trip with the same load and couldn’t reach 70km/h up the hills! In fact the Ranger was to­tally gut­less and wouldn’t even kick­back a gear. The Ford dealer couldn’t find any­thing wrong and couldn’t un­der­stand why there was such a dif­fer­ence in per­for­mance af­ter the ser­vice. The prob­lem has been looked at a cou­ple of times by the dealer with only mar­ginal im­prove­ment. With the lat­est ad­just­ments I no­ticed a big in­crease in

Float­ing feel­ing: Af­ter ser­vic­ing, a Ford Ranger lost its uphill tow­ing urge

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