Rattled by hard ride of dual-cab
Q: The suspension on my 2010 Nissan Navara SD22 dual-cab is really harsh on anything other than smooth bitumen roads and as well as being uncomfortable to ride in, it will eventually shake the vehicle to pieces. The service manager at my dealer says that the suspension is naturally firm on this model — but when I took it to Pedders, they said they get a lot of this particular model in for upgraded shocks and suspension and that it makes a big difference once it’s done. In addition, the original Bridgestone Dueller tyres will need replacing by the next service (40,000km) which is a short life span . Have you had any similar complaints and do you reckon I have any call on Nissan ? Bill Smith, email. A: In a word, no. The D22 is a hard-riding old barge and you should have realised that before you bought it. You could try carrying some load in it; that should soften the ride somewhat — otherwise fit the Pedders suspension.
You could try carrying some load in it; that should soften the ride somewhat — otherwise fit the Pedders suspension
Q: The steering wheel in my 2009 VW Touareg TDI sits at twenty-to-two instead of quarter-to-three despite the efforts of the various tyre and 4WD places that have tried to align it for me. No one has been able get the steering wheel to sit straight and have the wheels correctly aligned. The car pulls slightly to the left all the time. Where could I take it to get someone to give the car a thorough inspection to see if there is anything amiss with the steering or the suspension? Nigel Foster, email. A: Take it to a suspension specialist, not a tyre place, but someone who knows about suspensions and have them measure the wheelbase on each side and the diagonals to see if something is wrong with the chassis itself.
Q: My new VW Caddy refuses to change gears from first to second when I am going uphill from standing and I have taken to changing manually to overcome it. The dealer says there’s nothing wrong but I think it’s dangerous as I have to fiddle with the gearshift to get up to speed. What do you think that I should I do? Alan Sheldon, email. A: Take the dealer for a ride and demonstrate what it is you are concerned about.
Q: Recently, my 2010 Ford FG G6E Turbo has been displaying a warning light on the instrument cluster indicating a DSC and ABS fault. This seems to happen intermittently. The faults are overcome after the car is turned off and restarted. My Ford dealer hasn’t been able to find the cause of the problem. What do you think it could it be? Andre, NSW. A: Being intermittent, it’s difficult to find the cause, even using the diagnostic equipment the dealer has in his workshop. It’s possibly a sensor malfunctioning.
Q: Lately, when I go to start my 2007 Ford XR6 it won’t start. It’s like the battery is flat, so I turn the key to the off position and try again, and it then starts. Any ideas?