Fog-bound in a Ter­ri­tory

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

Af­ter it’s been rain­ing or I’ve gone through a car wash my Ford Ter­ri­tory has con­den­sa­tion on the in­side of the wind­screen and I can find no wa­ter or leak­age. Have you had any win­dow seal re­ports or any­thing of this na­ture? The tail­gate also rattles and de­spite the best ef­forts of the dealer it just comes back again. Has any­one else men­tioned this?

Vicki, email Are you in the car when the con­den­sa­tion forms? If so it’s prob­a­bly a re­sult of the hu­mid­ity in­side the car and it’s quite com­mon. Run­ning the air­con­di­tioner will dry the air and re­move the con­den­sa­tion quite quickly. As for the rat­tling tail­gate, per­sist with the dealer in get­ting it fixed. It re­ally is a mat­ter of track­ing down the source of the rat­tle.


I’ve no­ticed my new 2013 Jeep Grand Chero­kee has rust on the un­der­body, par­tic­u­larly parts of the drive­shafts and brakes etc. The dealer says it’s noth­ing to worry about, it’s just sur­face rust, and all Jeeps have it. I checked an­other un­sold car on the show­room floor and it is the same. Is this nor­mal for a $60,000-plus car, or am I wor­ry­ing too much?

Bob Smith, email Jeeps seem to have suf­fered from un­der­body rust, right back to the first ones that came here in the 1990s. It’s a crook look, and would bother me, but as long as the un­der­body it­self isn’t rusty, you should be OK. If you wanted you could spray it with some rust pre­ven­ta­tive.


In the past few months, my wife’s 2008 Holden Viva au­to­matic has be­gun stalling while in drive when idling at traf­fic lights. It has oc­curred a few times in a row within a few min­utes but then at other times it might go a week or so with­out stalling. On other oc­ca­sions it has also been hap­pen­ing while slow­ing down to make a turn at a round­about. I have no­ticed that it has been idling about 85 0r pm-87 5r pm in drive and run­ning very rough at times, usu­ally when it might hap­pen. What can I do to fix this on­go­ing and danger­ous prob­lem?

Harry La­gos, email It could be a vac­uum leak, like a split vac­uum hose or such that’s mak­ing the idle mix­ture too lean. It could also be a sen­sor that’s gone on the blink and send­ing the wrong signals to the com­puter. You re­ally need to have a me­chanic check it for you.


Af­ter read­ing re­cent com­plaints in your col­umn about oil con­sump­tion of the Com­modore V6, I checked the oil level in my Se­ries II SV6 and I was stunned to find it didn’t reg­is­ter on the dip­stick at all. There has never been any in­di­ca­tion, warn­ing lights etc to sug­gest there might have been a prob­lem. It took 3.5 litres of oil to re­turn it to the cor­rect level. It has done just un­der 28,000km and it was 15,000km since its last ser­vice. When I re­ported the high us­age at the 30,000km ser­vice the dealer ad­vised that it met Holden’s spec and that I had noth­ing to worry about as the engine still had about four litres of oil left. I protested that the oil us­age was not cor­rect and it should be fixed. It was then that they ad­vised that Holden was aware of the prob­lem and that it was a breath­ing is­sue with the mo­tor, oil was be­ing sucked from the sump and blown out the ex­haust. They said Holden was work­ing on the prob­lem and a fix was due later this year. I would ap­pre­ci­ate your opin­ion.

Graeme Crook, email Yours is not the only re­port we have had so we

Con­denser trou­ble: ATer­ri­tory

fogs up af­ter rain or wash­ing

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