Get your tim­ing right

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

MY wife’s 2006 Kia Op­tima V6 has trav­elled only 10,300km and the dealer in­sists the tim­ing belt should have been changed af­ter four years. Yet the owner’s hand­book states that the belt is to be re­placed at 90,000km or 84 months. As you can see, I am rather con­fused by this in­for­ma­tion. Your help in this mat­ter would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Russ Wal­ton, email


I’VE had to re­place the air­con­di­tion­ing com­pres­sor in my EBII Ford Fal­con three times in the past 10 years. I’ve also re­placed the evap­o­ra­tor unit twice in the same time. Would you be able to rec­om­mend an air­con that I should not have to re­place within five years?

Ron James, email


MY 2003 VY Holden Storm auto ute is mak­ing a clunk­ing noise that ap­pears to be com­ing from the back end. It’s most no­tice­able when crawl­ing and at low speeds and dis­ap­pears when go­ing faster. Is it a diff prob­lem?



A CRACK has started to ap­pear in the dash­board of our 2004 Toy­ota Prado. Our ve­hi­cle has al­ways been garaged and only done 67,000 km. Our dealer has in­spected it and has given us a big fat ‘‘no’’ as to re­place­ment. Many other peo­ple have con­tacted you with the same is­sue. Can you sug­gest any course of ac­tion that may help to have this prob­lem re­paired? I can’t be­gin to imag­ine what a cracked dash­board does for fu­ture re­sale value on a

Tail-end noises: It could be the Holden ute’s diff, but first check the mounts

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