Lost in transmission
The automatic transmission in my 2010 Commodore SV6 was replaced recently after developing a fault. Is this a known fault? Do you think I will have this problem again? Is an external cooler an option? At what mileage should the transmission be serviced?
Roger Hector, email There’s no widespread issue with the transmission but like everything it can have troubles. It’s impossible to say if the new transmission will give you trouble— consult your crystal ball. Fitting an external cooler won’t help if the transmission failure was related to overheating. In theory the transmission was filled for life at the factory and doesn’t need servicing but transmission experts will tell you it’s wise to have the transmission regularly serviced, possibly yearly, particularly if towing. TALK IS CHEAPER The Jeep Wrangler two-door 3.8-litre I bought in 2010 has been averaging 3 litres of oil between services. Each time I have it serviced I have to buy an extra 3.6 litres to top it up. I have been in constant touch with the dealer I bought it from, Jeep Australia and the NSW Department of Fair Trading. Jeep Australia told me this is a normal amount of oil use, which I find difficult to accept. My daughter has the same model and hers uses 100ml-200ml of oil between services. The warranty expired in March and the problem from my view is getting worse. What do you suggest?
Robert Spratt, email
Before you embark on legal action, go back to the dealer and ask to see a representative from Jeep so you can sit down and discuss your concerns face to face. CAPTIVA PRISONER I was aware my one-year-old Holden Captiva LX diesel seven-seater was leaking a bit of engine oil. However, a closer inspection by Holden reveals it’s also leaking water and transmission fluid around the engine. It needs to have the engine removed and will be off the road for five to six days. Are you aware of this issue, or indeed has anyone else had this problem with the Captiva?
Liam, email There has been an issue with the front seal on the diesel engine and the seal is being replaced. The problem seems to be that the engine has to be removed to replace it.
My 2009 Toyota Camry Altise 2.4 has blown a head gasket after 130,000km. Just before its 30,000km service it had a complete cooling system failure at highway speed and had to be towed to the nearest dealer. The motor has never been the same since. I advised the dealer of this in documented service notes, and that the motor had developed a ping, but we were assured everything was OK. It was raised again at 60,000km and they suggested a fuelinjection service without success. The only thing that helped was the expensive option of using high-octane petrol. The dealer and Toyota have backed away from any help and we have a quote for $3500 to fix the car. We believe Toyota should be making some kind of goodwill gesture towards the cost of getting this car back on the road.
Michael Auldrige, email You are assuming the blown head gasket is related to the previous cooling system failure but you don’t know that to be the case. Until you know the cause of the problem you
Cooler topic: A Commodore SV6’s transmission is causing concern