Some ad­vice for the ex­pert

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

TELL Evonne ( Cars­guide, Sept 28) that the gear­box prob­lem on her 2006 2.0 FSI Golf is the valve body in the gear­box and is a $3000 (ap­prox) fix at a trans­mis­sion spe­cial­ist. I know be­cause I had the same prob­lem with mine and was also quoted $7000 byVW who told me the box was shot. The tranny spe­cial­ist in­formed me if I let the prob­lem continue it would even­tu­ally lead to ir­repara­ble dam­age to the gear­box. I chose to let the spe­cial­ist fix it, which they did in one day. I notice with in­ter­est that the prob­lem is a com­mon one with Golfs, and Audi A3s and TTs, so com­mon that in the US it is fixed free, even out­side war­ranty.

Andy, email We also heard from Rick Pringle of J. Pringle Au­to­mo­tive in Mel­bourne who also told us that it is a prob­lem with the valve body, which needs to be re­placed. It is com­mon on all Aisin Warner six-speed trans­mis­sions, he says, and it can be fixed with­out re­mov­ing the trans­mis­sion from the car. ROUGHRIDE I re­cently changed the al­loy wheels on my 2005 VZ Holden Com­modore from 17-inch to a 20-inch and low­ered the car as well. I no­ticed the car ride is not smooth and I can feel ev­ery bump. Is there any­thing I can do to fix it, or is that a com­mon prob­lem with low­ered cars?

El­ric Ro­drigues, email

That’s what hap­pens when you change to low-pro­file tyres and fit harder springs, shock ab­sorbers and bushes. You can try dif­fer­ent shock ab­sorbers, which might help, but there’s not a lot you can do about it. FLAKY PAINT JOB I bought my Nis­san Pa­trol 4.2 turbo diesel ST Ute new in 2006. Now with 97,000km on the clock the white paint is flak­ing off in patches. Spray painters say it ap­pears that the white coat has not ad­hered to the un­der­coat. I’ve kept the ute in top con­di­tion and it is well main­tained, cleaned and pol­ished, and has never been pres­sure sprayed. What are my chances of a claim against Nis­san, and who can I ap­proach about the prob­lem?

Des Hughes, email Start with your dealer and ask for a fac­tory rep­re­sen­ta­tive to in­spect the car. If that ap­proach isn’t suc­cess­ful go straight to Nis­sanHQin Mel­bourne and talk di­rectly to the cus­tomer as­sis­tance peo­ple.

Low blow: You gen­er­ally get a bumpier ride when you switch to low­pro­file rub­ber

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