cost, which seems high. What is your view? Don Midson
Mazda’s maintenance schedule suggests that the fluid and fluid level be inspected every 20,000km, so the dealer has done the right thing and checked yours at the appropriate service. He’s also done the right thing in warning you that it could need changing at the next service, and given you a possible cost. Some automatic transmission specialists, those of the old school anyway, are adamant that the transmission fluid should be changed every 20,000km to keep the transmission alive and well. It would seem the dealer has given you good advice on the possibility you might need to change the fluid, although the cost does seem a little high. Ask the dealer for a breakdown of the costs so you can see what the fluid costs and how much time you’re being charged for. That should tell if you are being overcharged.
A1993 Nissan 4.2-litre dual-fuel Nissan Patrol runs fine on LPG, but idles roughly and cuts out on petrol. I have twice had it to the garage, but they cannot fix it. Could you shed some light on this problem? Keith Wilson
SPINNING THE SPANNERS: Regular servicing the way to go.