Pressure hose woes
I RECENTLY took my Ford Falcon XR8 sedan to a car wash after a long trip. The guy with the high-pressure wash did the engine bay for 15-20 seconds and the exposed air filter became damp. I took it to Ford the next day and replaced the filter. Could it have damaged the engine? The car is running normally. Ziad Alashkar, email If the engine is running fine there is no damage. As soon as water gets into a combustion chamber it does the damage, as it is impressible and can wreak havoc with things like valves and even connecting rods.
When the next new Subaru Forester will be released? Carol Corshutt, email The current car is less than halfway through its lifespan, so it’s about three years until the next all-new model. But we’re expecting a minor tweak later this year.
SIMPLY THE BEST
At 71 I don’t do a lot of driving but I’m a bit over my Toyota Corolla. A friend says his new Mazda CX-3 is wonderful. What do you reckon? Barb Dixon, email The CX-3 is best in its class and gets The Tick but it is significantly smaller than your Corolla. If you’re not carrying lots of grandchildren or big loads it should be fine.
TAMING THE KEY
As a service to other owners, here’s some feedback on the operation of the remote locking key of our Honda Jazz. If you are coming back to the car to find all four windows open, it’s because something is pressing against the ignition key, perhaps in a trouser pocket, to operate the window opening function. This can be prevented by putting the key into a credit card case when it’s not being used. It will be interesting to see if Honda cars in the future have a different design of key to prevent this problem. Barbara and George Snow, email A good tip, thanks.
’SANITISE’ THE BILL
My Ford Focus Trend I bought in March 2013 has just had its 30,000km or three-year service, even though it’s only done 13,000km. The service mechanic rang to ask if I wanted the brake fluid changed at $85 and the aircon sanitised at $185. I agreed to the brake fluid change but not the sanitising, as I have never heard of this before in all the years of owning and caring for cars. AL, email With the broad spread of capped-price servicing, lots of dealerships are padding service bills with unnecessary stuff to shore up their income. I’ve never head of aircon sanitising but a Google search found a spray can of the stuff for $20. Draw your own conclusion there.
REPLACE A YARIS
My son wrote-off his Toyota Yaris hitting a parked truck and needs a replacement. In that class of car, say a Hyundai i20 or a Yaris, what would you suggest is a reliable safe car with a reasonable resale value? The
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