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not been able to find the fault as none of them will take it out on the open road to do it, but will only do 60km/h in lo­cal streets. One thing I have no­ticed though is that the front right hand brake is ex­tremely hot when I pull over dur­ing a vi­bra­tion event. What could cause this?

Waynne Lee My gut feel­ing is that it may be some­thing as sim­ple as a sticky ther­mo­stat.

Wayne Cur­tis not a huge cost. I find it dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand why the lost items are not cov­ered by the war­ranty. The dealer ad­vised me to use some Blu Tack to re­tain them. It seems to me that the prob­a­bil­ity of los­ing two in two months in­di­cates there is a de­sign prob­lem. Is there any­thing I can do? The Volk­swa­gen war­ranty seems to be de­signed to make a dis­grun­tled cus­tomer out of a sat­is­fied one.

Rick Fernee car yard has ad­mit­ted they can’t fix it and told us to keep the car above quar­ter of a tank of petrol. We just want to have the prob­lem fixed.

Ch­eryl Smith

AThe new car war­ranty has ex­pired, so I sus­pect you would have no claim against Holden. It’s clearly run­ning out of fuel and there could be a cou­ple of rea­sons for that. One, it could be that the gauge is wrong and it’s ac­tu­ally run­ning out of fuel when the gauge is in­di­cat­ing that its quar­ter full, or two, it could be hav­ing trou­ble pick­ing up fuel in the tank when the level drops. Both pos­si­bil­i­ties need to be checked.

QMy 2010 Hyundai Getz SX 1.6-litre auto av­er­ages just 10.5L/100km, which to me is rather ex­ces­sive for a small car. Hyundai has told me to wait un­til the 15,000km ser­vice, giv­ing the com­puter time to bed in. They sug­gested I put 95-oc­tane fuel in the car and monitor the us­age, but that had no ef­fect. Have you heard of such prob­lems with the car?

Vic­tor Stad­nyk

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