My Hyundai locks me out
My Hyundai i30 has begun to misbehave on occasions when being unlocked with the remote button. Within seconds it would relock itself, even when I was opening the door or after getting in. It locked once when I had put my keys in my pocket before getting in and I could not open the doors anyhow. After panicking I realised my keys were in my pocket and I turned on the ignition, heard a couple of clunks, and tried the door opening button and the doors opened. It only does this perhaps three or four times a week and after doing it once it doesn’t do it again the same day. I don’t know if my dealer really believes me. I have asked at the last three services for it to be looked at and remedied, but they say that they would actually have to physically see it happen. As it is intermittent this seems nigh on impossible to happen. I think it is a computer problem and maybe easy to rectify if followed through by them. My great concern is that one day I might hop out for a brief moment with the keys in the ignition.
Graeme Livingston, email
I agree with you about a computer glitch. Press the dealer to take a more active interest— I understand it is hard for them to fix when it’s an intermittent problem and not necessarily evident when the car is at the dealers.
Overall we have been happy with our 30th Anniversary Mitsubishi Challenger, except that the radio with essential Bluetooth phone facilities has so much interference that we can’t use the radio on local AM stations. Despite considerable correspondence with our dealer and Mitsubishi, who agreed that there were problems with the system, they were not prepared to cover the cost of a modification to our audio unit. We have had the problem fixed by the installation of an alternative antenna. We reckon Mitsubishi should cover this expense as their original equipment was not fit for purpose.
Ross Hutchinson, email
There can be issues with things likeAMradio reception with imported cars from countries whereAMradio is not as widely used. I agree that Mitsubishi should provide a fix for your car, and we have had other companies do similar things with the radios in their cars in the past. But you have modified the car yourself so you won’t get Mitsubishi to take any interest in your situation. It would have been wiser to press the company for a fix.
When we tested our 2009 Toyota Camry Altise before we bought it everything seemed OK. Soon after, we heard a shuddering noise in the auto transmission in reverse or drive. We’ve had the car back to the dealer twice but they have told us the transmission is OK and that the problem is most likely the torque converter. What is my legal avenue to get this problem fixed?
Trevor Westhorpe, email
You’re clearly not getting
anywhere with this dealer. Seek advice from a specialist in automatic transmissions and, depending on that advice, take the information back to the dealer and demand it be fixed. Our information is that it is unlikely to be a converter problem.
SQUEAKY CLUNK Our 2012 Holden Colorado diesel 4WD has a very bad squeak and clunk when accelerating or decelerating at low speeds. The squeak is so loud that people look around as we drive along the street. I brought the squeak to the notice of my local Holden dealer and was told that Holden does not fix squeaks and rattles as warranty problems. This seems totally unreasonable, although to their credit they applied some lithium spray around the front and back suspension, to no avail. Since reading in your column that Holden has a fix for this problem coming I went back to this dealer in the hope that a service note and repair procedure had been released. I am told there has not yet been a service note issued so the dealer will not repair the problem under warranty. Is the vehicle under warranty for squeaks and rattles? Is it dangerous to keep driving this vehicle in this condition? When can we expect to see something coming from Holden in the way of a fix?
Peter Roe, email
It depends on what causes the squeak or rattle as to whether it’s covered by the warranty. In this case it is caused be premature wear of the shock absorber bushes, and that’s covered under warranty. Holden has told us that they are working on new bushes and that the parts would be available to be fitted within weeks. It’s not dangerous to keep driving the vehicle in this condition, it’s just annoying.
BEARING FAILURE Have you heard of the 2009 2.5-litre Ford Ranger engine having a big-end bearing failure at 12,000 km? Mine has, and six weeks later I amwaiting for Ford to get back to me.
We haven’t heard of other failures. It’s unusual for a bearing to go at such low kms unless something is dramatically wrong with it. Assuming the oil level is correct, you would have to suspect a machining issue from production or a material problem with the bearing itself.
AMRECEPTION As an avid listener of Paul Gover on 3AW, I find the reception to AM radio stations is deteriorating, with increased static. Could it be my car, an SS Holden ute? Is there anything I can do to my car to enhance sound quality? I have a functioning manufacturer supplied aerial that is in good working order.
The main reason is the lack of repeater stations. Poor reception can also be caused by interference from overhead power lines, tramlines and the like in the city and inner suburbs. It usually can be improved by fitting an aftermarket amplified antenna, but the VE already has an amplified antenna and is one that isn’t often affected. You could fit a better quality amplified antenna but that would entail fitting another radio— then it starts to get expensive. You could also look at getting a digital radio module and connect that to your radio through the auxiliary connection.
Quick locking: The i30 seems to have a computer problem