Kia al­ter­na­tor can cope with cooler

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Q: I re­ceived an En­gel ther­mo­elec­tric cooler model TE 08 as a fa­thers day gift and was won­der­ing if it would over­load the al­ter­na­tor on a KIA Sor­rento if used for 4 or 5 hours at a time? Also, would it af­fect the war­ranty? Don Bonny, e-mail. A: We asked Kia and we were told the fol­low­ing: ‘‘The En­gel ther­mo­elec­tric cooler model TE 08 draws four amps per hour, so if the en­gine is run­ning there should be no is­sue with the cooler. There is no is­sue with the war­ranty on the amp.

If the cooler is used for ex­ten­sive pe­ri­ods with­out the en­gine run­ning then the bat­tery will be on a con­stant drain­ing/recharg­ing cy­cle that could re­duce the life of the bat­tery.’’

Q: My wife and I are now look­ing for a Jeep Wran­gler Un­lim­ited Sport Diesel Auto and I note that the 2007 and 2008 models have a very mod­est 170 kg un­braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity, whereas the 2009 models on­wards have a 750 kg un­braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity.

if the en­gine is run­ning there should be no is­sue with the cooler. There is no is­sue with the war­ranty on the amp

The braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity for all models is 2300kg. I don’t un­der­stand what the phys­i­cal dif­fer­ences in the models may be to have such a dif­fer­ence. Do you know why this is please? Jonno, e-mail. A: We checked with Chrysler and the in­for­ma­tion they pro­vided was that all Lim­ited models have the same un­braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity, which is 750kg. You might be con­fused with the tow­ball rat­ing, which is 170kg.

Q: I have ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar prob­lem with my 2007 Toy­ota RAV4 Cruiser L auto to that ex­pe­ri­enced by Colin Smith (Cars­guide, Novem­ber 9). On numer­ous oc­ca­sions the en­gine has revved to max­i­mum revs. It is quite un­nerv­ing and has scared the hell out of me. Most times it has oc­curred in my drive­way when park­ing the car.

I have pulled up, taken my foot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor and on to the brake and then shifted to park and the car has gone flat out to full revs with my foot nowhere near the ac­cel­er­a­tor.

Its also hap­pened twice when I have been over­tak­ing and the car has seemed to shift into neu­tral when I have planted my foot to ac­cel­er­ate with no power for a split sec­ond, then roar to full revs. My me­chanic could find no fault, but thought it could be a com­puter prob­lem. Jenny Burns, e-mail A: Toy­ota says it will in- ves­ti­gate the is­sues re­ported by Colin Smith if our reader gives his con­sent, and we are keen to hear the out­come of any in­ves­ti­ga­tion that takes place.

Your me­chanic could well be on the money when he sug­gest it could be a com­puter prob­lem.

Q: Since I pur­chased my FG Fal­con XR6 used in 2011, I have no­ticed wind noise coming from around the driver’s side win­dow when I ex­ceed 50km/h. The dealer claimed that the wind­screen wasn’t sealed prop­erly and that it would need to be re­moved and re­sealed.

It ap­peared to be coming from next to my right ear, not the front of the car, so I didn’t get it done at that time. I raised it again at the

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