Eco Shot fails

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Like reader Graham Mor­ton, I have had trou­ble with the Eco Shot sys­tem I fit­ted to my Ssangy­ong Musso ute in 2009. It’s been back to the dealer for ad­just­ment a num­ber of times to ad­just the ra­tio of LPG to diesel con­sumed, be­cause it ei­ther used too much LPG or too lit­tle. But they have now told me to do fur­ther ad­just­ments my­self and have wiped me off. I feel the ser­vice from Eco Shot and its dealer has been very poor. Do I have any re­course?

You cer­tainly ap­pear to have good rea­son to ask for your money back. If the com­pany re­fuses your re­quest, en­list the help of the con­sumer af­fairs peo­ple.

I was think­ing of fit­ting a nudge bar to my 2009 Volk­swa­gen Tiguan, but I was told Volk­swa­gen does not make them. What do you think about nudge bars?

I am not in favour of fit­ting them un­less you’re in the bush and they have a real pur­pose. Fit­ting them to a ve­hi­cle with airbags can cre­ate prob­lems with airbag op­er­a­tion. Any bar you fit­ted would have to be com­pat­i­ble with the airbags.

The 2001 AU II Ford Fal­con I re­cently bought jerks for about 15 feet (4.5m) if you don’t gun the en­gine in neu­tral or park be­fore start­ing off. The last owner said this has al­ways hap­pened and Ford were aware of it, but could do noth­ing about it. I have had the trans­mis­sion oil changed and a new in­hib­iter switch fit­ted, but to no avail. What should I do?

It’s a pity you didn’t ob­serve this prob­lem when you test drove the car be­fore buy­ing it. Make sure the oil level is cor­rect, and to do that the en­gine needs to be run­ning and the car parked on level ground. An­other thing to look at is the oil fil­ter that is at­tached to the valve body — if the seal is dam­aged or leak­ing it could cause prob­lems. Other than that, take it to an auto me­chanic and have it checked.

My youngest son is an out-and-out sur­fie. He tells me while bogged in the sand some­where he had the left hand front wheel and right rear wheel both spin­ning in his Subaru Forester and not com­ing out of the sand bog with the four-wheel drive. What goes on there?

He prob­a­bly ex­ceeded the For­rester’s of­froad ca­pa­bil­ity. It’s an all-wheel-drive unit with elec­tronic dis­tri­bu­tion, and it sounds like he needed a real four-wheel drive with diff lock.

Our 2004 Nis­san X-Trail has done 186,000km and is us­ing about 1.5 litres of oil over 3000km. Is this ex­ces­sive?

It is ex­ces­sive, but not un­known with Nis­san en­gines. Nis­san spe­cial­ist Jerry New­man sug­gests the oil could be too light. Some deal­ers are us­ing an oil that is too light for some older en­gines, like a 5w-40. They do be­cause it is eas­ier to stock one oil in­stead of a num­ber of dif­fer­ent oils and they can charge more for the newer mul­ti­valve oils. Change the oil to a 10w-40 to start with. If that doesn’t stop the oil us­age, change to a heav­ier 20w-50 and that should fix it.

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