Rattled by poor service of dealer
Q: On checking the oil level in my 2009 VE Calais V 3.6-litre SIDI V6 at 19,000km it was found to be low and was topped up by the dealer. It took 1.6 litres of oil, and then took a further 400 ml at the 22,000km mark.
After the check at 19,000km General Motors instructed the dealer to monitor the oil level every 3000-4000km.
On checking a few items by the dealer it has improved, but it’s still using 200-400ml per 3000-4000 km. This engine has a constant rattle when accelerating, which the dealer claims is not uncommon. The car is out of warranty at the end of this year and it looks as though I will be left with the problems. Have you heard of any other 3.6l engines with these problems? Graham Ireland, e-mail. A: They do have problems; you are not alone. But you shouldn’t be left with the problems, as you have reported the issues and they are being dealt with. I would
I would keep the pressure up on the dealer and Holden to ensure they don’t drop the ball
keep the pressure up on the dealer and Holden to ensure they don’t drop the ball.
Q: On two occasions recently, while driving our 2001 VX Commodore Series III along the freeway the brake pedal travel has suddenly increased to about half pedal. On both occasions the Park Brake/ Brake Fail warning light illuminated followed by a warning chime. The brakes felt normal except for the increase in pedal travel. After pulling over and pumping the brake pedal, the warning light went off and the brake pedal travel returned to normal. Brake fluid levels are normal and hand brake travel and function also are normal. Have you any suggestions as to what may be causing this problem?
Bob and Robyn Milgate, e-mail.
A: It sounds like it could be a problem with the brake master cylinder. Take it to a brake specialist who should be able to sort it out for you.
Q: Recently, when I touch the accelerator in my 2002 Kia Rio the engine stalls. After that the engine performs well. Except for giving the injectors a clean and telling me to run 95 octane the dealer doesn’t know what causes it. I suspect it might be a sensor. Have you heard of any similar issues? Alan Brown, e-mail. A: I doubt it’s the petrol, and like you reckon it could be a sensor.
Q: My Holden Cruze has developed a high-pitched squeal that goes away when a heavy brake application is made. At the 45,000km service I asked for this to be checked. I was advised that the cause was worn brake pads and lipped brake rotors, and I must replace them. I have had several new cars over the past 15 years with most doing around 100,000km and have never had to replace brake pads let alone rotors. The dealer said they were a wearing item and not covered by warranty, and Holden confirmed the dealer’s advice when queried. The customer service person said that engineering had advised the brakes were