There’s just no tol­er­ance for a ping­ing prob­lem

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

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.


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.

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