My tailgate rattle just won’t shutup
Q: After rain or a car wash my 2012 Ford Territory has condensation on the inside of the front windscreen and I can find no water or leakage in the car. Have you had any window seal reports or anything of this nature? The tailgate also rattles and despite the best efforts of the dealer it just comes back again. Has anyone else mentioned this? Vicki, e-mail. A: Are you in the car when the condensation forms? If so that’s probably the reason. It’s a result of the humidity inside the car and it’s quite common. Running the airconditioner will dry the air and remove the condensation quite quickly. As for the rattling tailgate, persist with the dealer in getting it fixed. It really is a matter of tracking down the source of the rattle and directly addressing that. The dealer clearly hasn’t yet found the cause.
Q: I’ve noticed my new 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee has rust on the underbody, particularly parts of the driveshafts and brakes, etc. The dealer says it’s nothing to worry about, it’s just surface rust, and all Jeeps have it. I checked another unsold car on their showroom floor and it is the same. Is this normal for a $60,000-plus car, or am I worrying too much? Bob Smith, e-mail. A: Jeeps seem to have suffered from rusty underbodies, even right back to the first ones that came here in the 1990s. It’s a crook look, and would bother me, but as long as the underbody itself isn’t rusty, you should be OK. If you wanted you could spray it with some rust preventative.
Q: In the last few months, my wife’s 2008 Holden Viva automatic has begun stalling while in drive idling at traffic lights. It has occurred a few times in a row within a few minutes, but at times it might go a week or so without stalling. Once or twice it has also been happening while slowing down to make a turn at a roundabout. I have noticed that it has been idling around 850-875 rpm in drive and idling very rough at times usually when it might happen. What can I do to fix this ongoing and very dangerous problem? Harry Lagos, e-mail. A: It could be a vacuum leak, like a split vacuum hose or such like that’s causing the idle mixture to be too lean. It could also be a sensor that’s gone on the blink and sending the wrong signals to the computer. You really need to have a mechanic check it.
Q: After reading recent complaints in your column about oil consumption of the Commodore V6 I checked the oil level in my Series II Commodore SV6 and I was stunned to find it didn’t register on the dipstick at all. There has never been any indication, warning lights etc. to suggest there might have been a problem. It took 3.5 litres of oil to return it to the correct level. It has done just less than 28,000km and it was 15,000km since its last service. When I reported the high usage at the 30,000km service the dealer advised that it met Holden’s spec and that I had nothing to worry about as the engine still had approx. four litres of oil left. I protested that the oil usage was not correct and it should be fixed. It was then that they advised that Holden was aware of the problem and that it was a breathing issue with the motor, oil was being sucked from the sump and blown out the exhaust. They said Holden was working on the problem and a fix was due later this year. Am I being fed a line or are you aware that Holden is working on the problem? Graeme Crook, e-mail. A: Holden has told us that the oil consumption of your car appears not to be ‘‘within normal operating boundaries for engine oil consumption and sounds quite concerning.’’ The company is keen to resolve this issue with you, but needs your details to be able to make contact. If you would like to have your car