Fraction too much traction
I have a problem with the antilock brakes/traction control in my 2010 Ford Focus activating at low speed. My dealer’s service foreman said they have had a similar report on some other cars but that it was very hard to get the cars to do it. It only happens on one corner, and when I took the foreman for a drive over the road where I experience this he was surprised as to how easy it was for the set-up to activate at between 40-80km/h. The dealer then had the car for five days trying several things, such as resetting sensors, different tyres and driving another similar car over the same road with the same result. It was agreed there were issues with the car but Ford Australia advised after all the testing that ‘‘it’s a characteristic of the Focus’’. My vehicle was ‘‘operating to manufacturer’s specifications’’ and was ‘‘similar to other vehicles in the model line’’. I travel 20km to Lismore and can have the ABS/TC activate 10-15 times between 40-80km/h. I don’t see this as a characteristic of my car. What do I do next?
We haven’t had any other reports of this happening on the Focus, and from your reports it seems it only happens on the one stretch of road. Go back to your dealer and ask for a Ford representative to assess the car on the strip of road where you experience the problem. PLUG THE GAP My car is due for its two-year service, and the dealership has quoted $1000 for this major service due to the need to replace the spark plugs and all filters, ie pollen, oil and air. I have done only 7000km. Is it likely that these filters would need replacing at such a low mileage, and as my car is still under warranty would that be voided if I were to have it serviced elsewhere?
Cathy, email The warranty won’t be voided by having the car serviced elsewhere, so long as it’s done by qualified tradespeople and according to the manufacturer’s handbook. Servicing is important. Oils and filters need to be changed and it’s a good time to check the car looking for other issues that might need addressing, although it’s very doubtful that you would need to change spark plugs at such low kays. BAD VIBES Over the past year my 2005 dual-fuel Toyota HiAce has had intermittent problems. The engine runs very rough and vibrates as if one of the injectors is not working. The engine check light comes on and the car runs roughly for up to 20km. The problem rectifies itself before I drive to my service bloke. I have replaced the injectors and the coils to no avail. Can anyone help?
Richard Fisher, email It’s most likely to be an engine sensor, or a wiring connection associated with one, that’s the problem. Unfortunately, intermittent problems are hard to detect, because they rarely occur when the mechanic is there to witness it.
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