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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.

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