Kia alternator can cope with cooler
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