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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, December 22, 2012. NT NEWS. 7 A 2011 Nissan Navara is using more fuel than its stickered values A: They are known to wear, but you need to have them properly assessed to confirm that the problem is with the diff. The prices quoted by the Subaru dealer would appear to be reasonable, and their diagnosis also seems reasonable, so I would be taking the car to them before I had a new diff fitted. Q: I have a 2011 Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon and maintain the tyre pressure at around 34 psi, but I have noticed feathering on the outside of all four tyres. Could you please advise? Chris Jones, e-mail. A: Running the higher pressure shouldnt have any great effect on the wear of your tyres as you describe, but you could drip it back to the specified pressure and see if that makes any difference. I believe that what you are seeing is the result of the alignment Holden uses. Q: When I had my Subaru Impreza serviced by an independent service outlet recently they used 10w-40 semi-synthetic oil, not the 0w-20 synthetic oil specified in the owners manual. When I queried them I was told that 0w-20 is too light and that it isnt available in Australia. Am I being taken for a ride? Lynnette Wiggins, e-mail. A: We checked with Subaru and were told that you should follow the manufacturers recommendation for engine oil as specified in the owners manual. Subaru also told us that 0W-20 engine oil is available in Australia and can be purchased through Subaru dealers. They also said that you could rest assured that although the engine will not be delivering maximum power, maximum torque, best fuel economy or best exhaust emissions, no harm will have come to the engine by using 10W-40 engine oil. Q: You might remember that I contacted you about the unintended acceleration of my Toyota Corolla, after which Toyota contacted me to inspect the vehicle. Well, they arranged a meeting and gave it the once over and were very thorough and concerned at the 'problem'. They then ran through the operation of the throttle and its four or five computer staged back-ups, which would not allow such a problem as mine to happen and if there was a problem then certain 'codes' would show on the dash and the car would go into limp-home mode. All very well and good, putting the ball straight back into the operator error category! I was in the car and know I didnt press the accelerator and brake at the same time, nor did a floor mat cause the problem because there wasnt one in the car at the time. This brings me to the original report to the dealer, which was never reported to any national database and my latest report that was somehow mislaid or misfiled on their computer! I am left with the feeling that unless people like Carsguide highlight these problems that they get swept under the carpet. It is up to customers to report faults and keep carmarkers honest. Thanks for your help Graham, at least I can now quote a Toyota file no if it ever happens again. Colin Smith, e-mail. A: The only way to resolve a problem is to report it, first to the dealer, then to the carmaker if that doesnt solve it. After that it becomes difficult. My view is that there should be an industry ombudsman who can resolve issues between carmakers and their customers. Q: I recently had my VZ Commodore serviced by my local mechanic. Shortly after collecting it the warning Service Vehicle Soon appeared on the dash. The mechanic tried to rectify the problem, but couldnt. It is now becoming a nuisance. Are you able to advise me of the possible solution before I go to a Holden Dealer who is likely to charge an arm and a leg for a simple problem? John Patterson, Kempsey, NSW. A: Its a service reminder and should have been reset by the mechanic at the time of the service. Take it to a Holden dealer who should be able to do it for you. Q: I purchased a new RC model Holden Colorado LXR last October. About two weeks ago the police put a Defective Vehicle Notice on the car, giving me just 24 hours to rectify the problem or the rego will be suspended. The police stated that the vehicle was unroadworthy because the wheel nuts did not fully engage on the wheel studs. The wheel studs are too short for the wheel nut to screw on more than 2/3 of the length of the wheel nut. My Colorado is standard as supplied by Holden, except it came off the production line in Thailand with steel wheels and domed wheel nuts. When this model Colorado arrives in Australia, Holden removes the steel wheels and replaces them with an alloy wheel and open wheel nuts. Holden do not replace the wheel stud with a longer one to suit the much thicker alloy wheel centre which then makes it unsuitable for use with the alloy wheel. The stud appears to be about 6 mm too short. Holden is refusing to do anything about this problem, stating that my vehicle meets their specifications. A week before this, I lost the right front wheel off the vehicle driving along the highway travelling about 90 km/h towing a tandem trailer. Four of the wheel studs snapped, two bent and all wheel nuts were lost. Holden is saying the vehicle meets their specifications and that the police are wrong, the police are saying Holden is at fault. I am stuck with a vehicle that is 'unroadworthy', having travelled only 20,000 km, is less than one year old and is as supplied by Holden. Bob Webb, Cobram, Vic. A: We have asked Holden to check your claim and get back to us with a result of their investigation. Score sensational fi gures on the Yaris Hatch and Sedan range, RAV4 range, HiLux WorkMate 4x2 Single-Cab Cab-Chassis Petrol, Prius range, HiAce LWB Van, Corolla Sedan range, Prius V range and Rukus range. 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