Eco Shot fails
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.