Mo­bile wa­ter tank

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE -

WHAT an irony, the Volk­swa­gen Golf is named cars­guide Car of the Year.

My Golf has trav­elled less than 50,000km and has a wa­ter leak into the passenger footwell.

I have re­turned the car to be fixed, only to find more wa­ter when it is washed or driven in the rain.

Volk­swa­gen Aus­tralia’s re­sponse: ‘‘We con­stantly strive to en­sure that cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion is para­mount at all times.’’

At least I’m help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, as the car dou­bles as a wa­ter tank, and it’s self-wash­ing on the in­side. A great new op­tion avail­able on your new VW Golf.

An­thony Clarke

They’ve seen the light

I WOULD like to thank Audi and HSV for re-in­tro­duc­ing day­time run­ning lights.

For those who think they are su­per­flu­ous, try show­er­ing to­mor­row with the ex­haust fan off. Then, while bath­room is still foggy and the mir­ror cov­ered in con­den­sa­tion, turn the light off and bob up and down.

That is pretty much the view a truck driver has in his mir­rors, in wet con­di­tions on a free­way, try­ing to find your un­lit car.

Phil Stacey

Tyre ad­vice con­fus­ing

I DRIVE a 2005 Prado and am con­scious of tyre wear, pri­mar­ily due to the re­place­ment cost of tyres. I am presently rid­ing on Dun­lop Grandtrek AT20, and with the great ma­jor­ity of driv­ing be­ing un­der­taken on sealed roads, I have cov­ered 50K and am con­fi­dent of a fur­ther 15K - 25K.

I en­deav­our to run with pres­sure of 32-34psi.

There is con­flict be­tween ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers seek­ing ‘‘ride com­fort’’ and tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers seek­ing ‘‘tyre life’’.

I was sur­prised to re­cently view a tele­vi­sion re­port by a noted safety ex­pert, demon­strat­ing the dan­gers of un­der-in­flated tyres and rec­om­mend­ing view­ers be guided by the sticker dis­played on the door frame.

If un­der-in­flated tyres are such a dan­ger, then per­haps us­ing the pres­sure dis­played on the ve­hi­cle might, in fact, be a dan­ger.

An­other area of con­cern is the prac­tice of tyre ro­ta­tion. I no­ticed that, af­ter a tyre ro­ta­tion ser­vice per­formed by an au­tho­rised Toy­ota dealer, the new spare had not been utilised. When I men­tioned this to the dealer, I was ad­vised that it was now the pol­icy of the tyre com­pany that tyres only be in­ter­changed on the same side of the ve­hi­cle (front to back and visa versa).

This is con­trary to the driver man­ual pro­vided with the ve­hi­cle. This week I have checked the ser­vice man­ual of a 2009 Prado and found that cross ro­ta­tion of tyres is still pro­moted.

Keith Wilkins, Robina

Cam­ber the cul­prit

I TOO have a 2005 Toy­ota Prado VX with the same Grandtrek tyres with a left front tyre wear is­sue.

On de­liv­ery the dealer sug­gested I keep the tyres at 35psi in­stead of the Toy­ota fac­tory rec­om­mended pres­sures. I have done this dili­gently and at the first ser­vice was ad­vised to have the wheel align­ment checked and the tyres ro­tated as tyre wear was ev­i­dent.

On han­dover the wheel bal­ance was so far out the dealer had to redo it so that I could drive it.

The left-hand tyre wear is­sue con­tin­ued and I have had to metic­u­lously ro­tate them ev­ery 5000km or so. I had the wheel align­ment checked yet again at Bob Jane and they ad­vised the left front has pos­i­tive cam­ber and will wear the left front tyre.

They added that most of this model Prado have the same is­sue and that Toy­ota have not pro­vided in their de­sign the abil­ity to ad­just the cam­ber to cor­rect this.

I re­ferred the mat­ter to Toy­ota at my next ser­vice. They gave me same garbage that they have pro­vided to you and I quote from the ser­vice re­port: ‘‘Toy­ota spec­i­fi­ca­tion for cam­ber is 19 +-45. ie pos­i­tive cam­ber. Cam­ber on LHF is 13, which is less than the Toy­ota spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence has been that the Dun­lop Grandtrek tyres can wear more on the outer edge, es­pe­cially if tyre pres­sures are not pe­ri­od­i­cally main­tained, the ar­eas where the ve­hi­cle is op­er­ated may also con­trib­ute, eg where round­abouts/traf­fic calm­ing are preva­lent or if there are mul­ti­ple driv­ers of the ve­hi­cle.’’

Sorry guys you have not con­vinced me with this spin. There is al­most cer­tainly not a city on the planet where there would be so many kilo­me­tres of round­abouts com­pared to the amount of straight road to have such an in­flu­ence on the tyre wear.

It would seem to me to be a wheel align­ment is­sue rather than an op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment or tyre pres­sure is­sue, and Toy­ota have flunked in the sus­pen­sion de­sign by fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate cam­ber ad­just­ment.

I have done many in­for­mal au­dits of the shop­ping cen­tre car parks and found just about ev­ery Prado ei­ther with new harder tyre on low kilo­me­tre ve­hi­cles, or all four tyres with the edge worn smooth by ro­tat­ing them through the left front po­si­tion. The prob­lem is wide­spread and en­demic.

The Prado is an ex­cel­lent car and I would rec­om­mend one to any­one but I wish Toy­ota would come clean and release a cam­ber ad­just­ment kit to cor­rect the prob­lem.

If I ap­ply Toy­ota’s logic they must mean don’t buy a Prado if you have round­abouts in your town or want more than one driver to drive the car. That’s go­ing to limit their mar­ket.

A. Miskin

WIN­NER:The VW Golf, cars­guide’s 2009 Car of the Year.Pic­ture: Mark Hors­burgh

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