Fog-bound in a Territory
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.
NO LIFE IN VIVA
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