Droning noise needs a fix
Q: My 2010 Ford Territory has developed a droning noise when travelling at 78 to 82km/h that has steadily become more audible. My Ford dealer diagnosed the problem as a transmission fault and replaced the auto trans, but the drone persists as before which suggests that the transmission was not at fault. My dealer now says the noise is due to converter lock-up and it is normal, but if it worsens they will investigate further. What do you think? John Rowe, e-mail. A: It’s not normal; something is wrong with the car and needs further investigation to find the cause. The dealer has lost interest in your car and is trying to fob you off. I suggest the dealer needs to check the driveline and maybe even the diffs.
Q: When should I have the fuel pump and injectors inmy4.2-litre Nissan Patrol serviced? It’s done 180,000km. Joe McKean, e-mail. A: There is no scheduled maintenance on the Patrol’s pump or injectors, and our Nissan experts tell us
The dealer has lost interest in your car and is trying to fob you off.
the pump and injectors are very durable. They add that they have vehicles they service that have done well over 300,000km without any servicing on the fuel system.
Q: For the last few months my 2005 Honda Accord Euro auto has been using 12-13.5 litres/100km in city type driving whereas it was normally using around 8-9 litres/100km. I have replaced air filters. The Honda dealer has reset the computer a couple of times and recommended that I increase the tyre pressure to 36 psi. Other than that they don’t seem to know what the problem is. The motor is running as smooth as silk. The only other thing I can think of is
sensor. What the CO think? Robert Barlow, e-mail. A: Honda claimed an overall average of 9.2 litres/100km, but that’s derived from a lab test and not real life. Even so, it should be an indication of what you could expect, and that seems to be mirrored by your reallife results. It’s probably running rich and your theory of a faulty CO sensor could be on the money. Your dealer should be able to check it and say if it’s a problem..
Q: I purchased a 2004 Toyota Landcruiser 100 series last year. It had done over 200,000 km and had no warranty with it, but after buying it I discovered that the