Oil user ain’t an oiler

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

The 3.6-litre SIDI engine on my 2011 VE Com­modore Se­ries 2 SV6 seems to be us­ing a lot of oil. It’s done only 24,705km and was last ser­viced at 15,215km in Au­gust, when ev­ery­thing checked out. But when I read that an­other reader re­ported prob­lems I checked. The car has no vis­i­ble leaks and it was then parked on a level sur­face and the engine al­lowed to cool for 20 min­utes. There has been no warn­ing on the dash but on check­ing the dip­stick I found it dry and not a bit of oil, so I put in three litres and the dip­stick reg­is­tered it then had a proper level of oil. What is your ad­vice?

WesWhite, email We have had a few re­ports of oil-burn­ing with the Holden V6 and it seems yours is an­other one. To start with, run a check of the con­sump­tion by top­ping it up and then check­ing it weekly for a pe­riod, say 5000km, and mea­sure how much oil has been used. If it is high, as you sus­pect, take your find­ings to your dealer and ask for some ac­tion to be taken to fix it. FEEL THE NOISE The dread­ful noise, shak­ing and rock-hard bounc­ing was so bad in my new Ford Ter­ri­tory that I had to stop at the near­est Ford dealer. It said there was noth­ing it could do. The prob­lem was so bad my wife had to rent a car to get the chil­dren home. The tyre noise is deaf­en­ing and might be fixed with bet­ter qual­ity tyres but could you please rec­om­mend a so­lu­tion for the se­ri­ous shak­ing and solid bounc­ing? Ur­gently please?

Keith Wright, email Your first stop should be the dealer who sold you that car. If that fails to get a so­lu­tion, take it higher and ap­proach Ford di­rectly. At the same time you could take it to a sus­pen­sion spe­cial­ist and have it checked. RE­CEIV­ING I Since new my 2012 Hyundai ix35 Elite has had static on sev­eral FM sta­tions. I took it to my lo­cal Hyundai ser­vice cen­tre last May to have them fix a few things, among them the ra­dio static. They re­placed the an­tenna but it was no bet­ter. I was told the ra­dio sta­tions I lis­ten to are small sta­tions and their trans­mit­ters aren’t very strong, so there was noth­ing

Thirsty work: A2011 VE Com­modore is go­ing

through the oil

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