Colorado clutch gives me the slip
Q: When I booked my 2010 Holden Colorado in for a 60,000 km service I asked the dealer to check the clutch, as I believed it had a slight slip.
They pulled the gearbox out and told me the clutch is worn out and not covered under warranty.
It has never towed anything and has mostly been driven on the highway as I live in the country. Is there a problem with the clutches and can you suggest a course of action? Richard Mawson, e-mail. A: It appears that most, if not all, onetonne utes are affected by the same clutch problem. It’s the same story on pretty much every ute, no matter the brand, and the common complaint is premature wear and/or slipping and shuddering.
I agree with you that 60,000 km is too low for a clutch to be worn out, but you’ll find your warranty clearly states that the clutch is not covered. You could argue your case for Holden to cover the cost of the replacement, or you could have a better aftermarket clutch fitted.
Q: My 2002VW Golf has developed an annoying intermittent fault with the front passenger door lock.
All doors lock without a problem using the key fob, but occasionally if locking from the internal master switch the front passenger door lock will lock, but then disengage and open.
It has never towed anything and has mostly been driven on the highway as I live in the country. Is there a problem with the clutches?
I’m going to take it to a VWdealer for a look-see, but can you tell me what might be happening?
Is it a faulty connection within the door itself or is it something going wrong in the master switch? Jasmine Kinsey, e-mail. A: It’s impossible to say without seeing the car, but it’s unlikely to be a faulty connection. It’s more likely the controller.
Q: At 70,000 km, three months after the warranty expired, the injectors in my 2007 Nissan Navara D40 auto started making a loud ‘‘tinking’’ noise. I am a diesel mechanic and I diagnosed injector failure. The Nissan dealer was unable to diagnose the problem, but reluctantly chose to follow my diagnosis. Nissan agreed to meet 50 per cent of the $3000 parts replacement cost. I did the repair, much to the chagrin of Nissan.
The problem was rectified, but I have since heard of several other Navara D40s with the same problem at about the same kilometres. Now at 85,000km the front disc brakes and rotors are worn out. I am not heavy on brakes. I sold a Toyota Landcruiser at 240,000km, which I owned from new, with the original brakes and linings still operational. The Navara has all the power that is required, is enjoyable to drive, but it appears that the parts put in from new are substandard.
Nissan’s method of operation seems to be to fit cheap, inferior parts to get the price down. I doubt if I will ever buy another Nissan product. Peter Dunn, e-mail. A: We haven’t been alerted to the injector problem, so it’s something else Navara owners should be listening for. With all the problems occurring today, you could conclude that carmakers have been cutting costs.
Q: When I recently took my 2009 Nis-