Colorado clutch gives me the slip

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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-

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