Towing taxes a one-tonner
A grinding, rattling noise comes from diff area on my 2008 FG Falcon one-tonner, It’s done about 161,000km. I’ve changed the diff oil twice but the noises are still there. How regular would you service the auto? David, email If you’re not sure whether it’s coming from the diff or the auto trans you need to get some help to isolate it before you have any chance of finding the cause. Changing the diff oil would be the first thing to check. Next look at a bearing, but that needs a specialist to sort it out. An auto transmission expert would say you should change the trans oil every 25,000km or so, or every year, and there’s good reason to do that if you do a lot of towing. They would also say you should do a full service every 100,000km or so, and again it’s more important to do that if you tow a lot.
The battery in my Nissan Navara died two weeks short of 12 months after I bought it. Roadside assist tested the battery and said it was faulty and needed to be replaced. I tried in vain to tell my Nissan dealer about the battery but they just kept fobbing me off, saying there was nothing wrong with it. The battery failed again, and again roadside assist came to the rescue, same result, the battery was faulty. I left for the US the next day, returning three weeks later. When I returned to the dealer they accepted the battery was faulty but refused to honour the warranty, as it had expired. As a first-time Nissan buyer, rest assured it will be my last. As they won’t honour the warranty on a battery, I think I’ll be in trouble if something serious goes wrong. Paul Whiteman, email That’s a tricky one. Nissan’s warranty doesn’t cover the battery because it’s regarded as a consumable but the battery itself is covered by a warranty issued by its manufacturer. So, who’s responsible when the battery is faulty? I would suggest it’s Nissan in the first instance because they sold you the vehicle, the battery maker next as they produced it. Nissan should have replaced the battery and got their money back from the battery maker instead of putting the responsibility back on you as the customer.
I bought a 2006 Holden VZ Crewman in 2010 and had LPG installed. For the past year my powertrain light keeps coming on and my mechanic said it’s to do with the gas. The gas installer said it was the injectors and I had them done, they then said it must be the oxygen sensors but never got back to me. Another mechanic said it was running lean and adjusted it. But the light still comes on. My mechanic says it’s the LPG ECU, but the light comes on when running on gas or petrol. Neither mechanic n or gas man can confirm what it is, so l’m paying for their guesswork. What could it be? Who would I take it to? Melissa Francis, email A: It’s hard to suggest what might be wrong without seeing the car. Have an LPG specialist look at it. Ask Impco (03 8788 1000) to check the car for you.
My wife was unable to start our 2009 Ford Territory in December as the key turned around completely in the barrel with no resistance. After it was towed to the dealer I was told that the whole steering column needed replacing, and the cost would be $2700. I have since been told that this is not an uncommon problem in Territorys and Falcons. I feel ldisgruntled at our “matter of fact” treatment in what could be a safety issue. Is there another course of action? Steve Chapman, email A: It is a common problem on the Territory and Falcon and Ford will only supply the full column assembly. Crazy. It’s out of warranty, so you will have trouble getting Ford to fix it at their cost — you could try getting them to pay for part of the repairs. Other than that, go to a Ford wrecker and have them install a used switch for you at a much reduced cost.
Feeling flat: The dead battery in a Navara sparks a complaint from the owner