AM’S frosty reception
My 2008 Hyundai i30 has a problem with AM radio reception, which is patchy and badly affected by location and weather. Earlier this year my dealer replaced the amplifier under warranty but the reception hasn’t improved. I have returned the car to the dealer and discussed options but the problem seems to be with the Hyundai radios. What can I do?
SueFennell, email We have had another Hyundai owner contact us with the same problem and Hyundai, to its credit, eventually fixed the problem by fitting another antenna. Go back to your dealer and ask that they do the same for you. SERVICE, PLEASE The 2009 Hyundai i30 automatic wagon I recently bought has a couple of gearbox problems. It changes from second to first with a very noticeable clunk, and the motor revs out when changing from second to third and from third to fourth, although the changes are smooth. Two mechanics have told me that only Hyundai can fix the problems, as it is a software issue. Further advice is that not all Hyundai dealers can update the software and I could waste a lot of money just getting the gearbox serviced. The problem was noted at 30,000km, but nothing was found, and the car has now done 45,000km. Can you please advise me where to take the vehicle to get it serviced and the software update done?
DonWalker, email If you want the problem fixed under warranty you will have to go to a Hyundai dealership. Go to a big dealership, which should be able to do the job for you. If you are not confident, phone Hyundai and ask for a list of dealers who can do it for you. HIGHONOIL How much ‘‘Alpine blend’’ diesel should I put in the tank to prevent the fuel freezing overnight if I visit the snowfields? Christopher Cheah, email The best thing to do is to leave your refuelling until just before you enter the alpine area and then top your tank up with the Alpine fuel. That way you will have enough on board for your time in the snow. CLEAN RUNNING I recently filled my Alfa 159 diesel with Caltex Premium Diesel, which I believe only has a detergent to clean fuel lines, injectors etc but I swear after two days the car is running better. The small amount of turbo lag it had seems to have gone and it seems to accelerate better. Is that something you would agree, or is it my brain playing tricks on me?
Terry Buscombe, email Premium diesel does have a detergent in it to clean the fuel system, which could be why you are feeling an improvement in its running. SSANGYONG BLUE My 2010 Ssangyong Actyon sports ute often suffers a loss of power while driving, which can be dangerous if it happens while overtaking. A dealer replaced the brake light switch, which seemed to improve it, but didn’t fix it. The dealer checked it but could not find a problem. Shouldn’t they be able to put them on a computer that diagnoses the fault? What can I do to make them honour their warranty or can they just stall until it expires?
Greg Heffernan, email They can, and I am confident that they have had it on the computer, but they can only identify problems that exist when the car is put on the machine. Yours is intermittent, so might not be evident at the time the car is tested. It’s most likely a faulty engine sensor that is only occasionally playing up. ICC NOT CRICKET I have now owned my Ford Territory Titanium for more than 12 months and I’m still experiencing issues with the
Getting static: Hyundai radios may need replacing — or a