There’s just no tolerance for a pinging problem
I RECENTLY took my Commodore back to the dealer because it had a pinging problem. The result after it was checked was not good. It seems Holden has relaxed the tolerances on the pistons in late-model Commodores with the SIDI engine, which allows oil to get past the rings and gum up the motor with carbon. I’m concerned that as the motor ages the problem will worsen. I know of other Commodore owners who’ve had the same problem.
Bill Verhagen, email Holden spokesman John Taylor tells us there is no direct relationship between oil consumption and engine pinging. He says if your car has pinging then the Holden dealer could address it and would be happy to put you in touch with one of the company’s customer assistance service reps. Should you want this to happen, get back to us and we will advise Holden. As to your assertion that Holden has relaxed the tolerances’’, Taylor says that’s not so. Again he offers contact with customer service to discuss your concerns.
LIGHT’S ON, BUT ...
I would like to know why the battery warning light flashes on and off on my 2000 Toyota Camry. I have no trouble starting the car, the alternator belts appear to be OK and the lights shine brightly. What could be causing the warning light to flicker?
Jim Murphy, email From your description it would seem that the battery is not the problem. I would be looking for a loose connection.
Is it possible to retrofit my 2004 BA Falcon XT with either traction control or ESC? I have previously owned all-wheel drive cars and I ampatently aware of the huge deficit in control that exists on slippery and loose surfaces currently with this vehicle.
RonChambers, email I’mnot aware of any aftermarket systems that you could have fitted to your car.
Feel the heat: A2009 Camry isn’t a hot rod, but it does heat up in the centre console