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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

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Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2011-07-16

Description

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/233530

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/656929

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au CARSguide NT NEWS. 7 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:16-JGE:307LO-R: C-M Y-K your Toyota Dealer or go to advantage.toyota.com.au for other exclusions and eligibility. #A free 1 year Toyota Insurance Comprehensive motor vehicle policy will be off ered to all Private & Bronze Fleet customers who purchase and take delivery of any new Yaris model from across the range at participating Toyota Dealers between 1 -31 July 2011. Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to the PDS at toyotainsurance.com.au or call 137 200 before making a decision about this product. Toyota Insurance is a division of Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co. Ltd; ABN 39 096 302 466, AFSL no. 254489 (Andia). The Insurer is Andia. *Extras refer to comparison with 2011 Aurion AT-X and 2011 Camry Altise. Valid X2064 R09118/DNTN/HDP $30,990 driveaway Camry Touring Special Edition^ Thousands of dollars of extras* Sports-bred fi nishes $130 Capped Price Servicing $33,990 driveaway Aurion Touring Special Edition Thousands of dollars of extras* Luxury appointments $130 Capped Price Servicing $34,990 driveaway Hybrid Camry^ Powered by Hybrid Synergy Drive V6-like performance with small car fuel effi ciency $130 Capped Price Servicing From $21,990 driveaway HiLux WorkMate 4x2 SCCC manual Toyota Genuine (ELA) Tray Toyota Genuine Air Conditioning $170 Capped Price Servicing Limited 2010 stock still available on many popular models. Ask your local Dealer for a great deal today. ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CARS GUIDEntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CARS GUIDE Natural gas a future fuel WITH the focus firmly on electric cars as the preferred future form of transport, natural gas has dropped off our radar. But natural gas is here now and could be a cheap and clean alternative fuel for the medium term, if not the long term. Australia is blessed with vast reserves of natural gas and its already being piped into our homes for use in heating and cooking, so its a small step to using it to fuel our cars. The issue with natural gas is, like electric cars, the range you can achieve. In the case of natural gas the volume of the tank you can realistically fit into a car determines the range. Typically the tank you would need to do 400km between refills is rather larger than can be practically fitted to a passenger car. That rules out natural gas (CNG) in a single-fuel vehicle, but it doesnt rule out its use in a dual-fuel application, much as a dual-fuel vehicle which uses LPG and petrol. Systems are in place that combine CNG and petrol systems that give vehicles an attractive running cost equation along with the flexibility of use of a regular petrol-fuelled car. Cars running on CNG now have a range of around 150km to 160km between refills, ideal for day-to-day commuting. The issue right now is refilling the car with natural gas. There are few commercial outlets where it can be done, but that problem is likely to be solved when home refilling stations become available. They are in use in other countries and are on trial here. Commuters would be able to refill their cars overnight simply by plugging into the refilling station installed in their garage at home.The advantage of CNG in a dual-fuel application, unlike an electric car, is that the same car can be used for cheap commuting during the week and a regular long-distance cruiser whenever needed. Car problems? GrahamSmith can help. Email him at asksmithy@carsguide.com.au Q: I have been reading with interest reports of tyres wearing out on FG Falcons due to, in my case, toe in being out of alignment. While I accept that, I believe such degradation in less than 40,000 km of normal driving is unacceptable.My service book tells me that at 30,000 km service the tyres are checked and rotated, but did they? I cant prove that they didnt, but that aside I want to know how my tyres went from being roadworthy at 30,000 km to being unsafe 10,000 km later. Paddy Mackey , e-mail. A: For starters you need to take more interest in what happens to your car. After all, you are the person responsible for keeping it in a roadworthy state. You should have checked what was done at the 30,000km service and made sure everything that should have been done was done. The tyre could well have gone from roadworthy to unroadworthy between 30,000km and 40,000km; they could have been just roadworthy when checked at 30,000km and the extra 10,000km could have tipped them over the edge. Q: The engine in my 1985 Porsche 944 has begun cutting out intermittently. It can happen at high or low speed, but when it does it can be restarted in a few seconds and may not occur again for days. I was told initially that the ignition switch caused it, but replacing that did not fix the problem, and since then the fuel pump, filter and battery have also been replaced without effect. Kel Griffith, e-mail. A: I havent heard of this before but it could be a result of age rather than anything else. Because it is intermittent it can be hard to trace. I would be looking for a faulty connection, perhaps one thats corroded or loose. Take it to an independent Porsche specialist, or an auto electrician. Rainwater is collecting in the drivers side floor pan of a readers 2002 Mitsubishi Magna wagon. Smithy helps out


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