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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 8th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 8, 2010 Time to get some new rails email@example.com with GRAHAM SMITH COMMON: David has cracked plates on his Kluger Grande NEW RAILS: Subaru Outback's roof rails are not interchangeable with the roof rails on the Liberty. TWEAK: Fab may need to re-tension his fan belt as he keeps hearing squeaks coming from it. ENHANCED: Consulting a brake specialist can do wonders, as it did for Terry's Commodore VY. Q Our 2004 Subaru Out- back was written off after being badly damaged in the recent hailstorm in Melbourne and we have updated to a 2008 Liberty wagon. We regularly transport bicycles on the week- ends, but don't want the bars on the roof during the week, and the Outback bars have a hand twist and key lock arrangement that makes them much easier to attach and remove than the bolted rails on the Liberty. Is it possible to fit the Outback-style roof rails to a Liberty wagon? Campbell Hutchison email We asked Subaru and the short answer is no''. They told us that the roof cross bars be- tween the Liberty and the Out- back are different, as are the way they mount to the roof. Your Outback has a rail system, similar to current Outback and Forester, whereas the Liberty screws into the roof. With two different attachment systems, they cannot be interchanged. Q On a recent trip the flex- plate on our low mileage 2005 Toyota Kluger Grande all but destroyed itself. Our dealer has removed the engine and gearbox, and I have the offend- ing part, which is cracked in a circle except for about one inch. The car is out of warranty, but has been serviced by the same Toyota dealer all its life. Can you tell me if this type of failure is unusual for the mileage, and do you think it would be reasonable to approach Toyota to see if they would assist with this expensive repair? David Blain email We haven't had any other re- ports of this failure on the Kluger, but cracked flexplates are not uncommon and I have seen many of different makes and models. I would certainly have a crack at Toyota, particu- larly if you have your cars full service records and the cracked flexplate to show them. Q When I first start my 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer, morning or even in the after- noon, there's a squeak from the fan belt for about a minute before it stops and all is good. What can I do to stop it? Fab email In the old days mechanics would probably apply a little grease like Vaseline to the belt and send you on your way, and you could try the same, but I reckon yours might need to be re-tensioned or it might even need a new belt. If you install a new belt, re-tension it after about 1000 km because it will stretch a little in the first few kays. Q Having read the reports about brake wear on European cars I would like to tell you my experience with my VY Commodore. Replacing the discs and pads with PBR slotted discs and matched pads has improved the braking perform- ance considerably, so maybe these people should do likewise. Terry Bingham Sth Windsor, Vic Consulting a brake specialist, like Howard Reynolds at Race Brakes, is always worth doing. Car makers fit components to meet certain performance cri- teria, like stopping distance, fade resistance, and longevity, and its possible to improve on some aspects by going to other, or better discs and pads. Q Could you tell me what fuel economy I could ex- pect from a 1989 Subaru Lib- erty? The vehicle in question has done 240,000 km and has been regularly serviced, and I have changed the oil, spark plugs and ignition leads as well. I am also concerned about a whirly noise when I let go of the clutch and engage the gear. Could the clutch be worn or in need of adjustment? Also, when turning I hear that undesired clicking sound. Is that a sign that the CV joints need replacing? Alex Sydney, NSW When new the Liberty would get around 12 L/100 km on aver- age. If the whirring noise is heard when you depress the clutch pedal it is most likely a clutch throw-out bearing, if the clutch is worn it will be taking up near the floor and you might experience some crunching of the gears. The clicking noise you hear when turning is probably the CV joints, which probably need replacing. Q My tyre specialist sug- gested I install a camber kit on my 1999 VT S-Pack to reduce tyre wear, but having done it I don't get the same ride or feel when I am driving. It almost feels like I don't have any traction on the road and on a wet/windy day it feels like I am drifting and just doesn't feel safe. I have taken the car back to the specialist and they cant see what the problem is.Paul M email Check the alignment, if you're wandering all over the road the alignment is not correct. QCan I use 10 per cent ethanol fuel in my 2004 Mazda 6? I have used it both with a shandy with 95 octane unleaded and just neat 10 per cent ethanol, and the car seems to run better on ethanol that straight 95. Don Brinkman Ulladulla, NSW The recommended fuel for the Mazda 6 is 95, while the oil companies claim E10 has a minimum of 94. Your car would most likely run fine on E10, but I wouldn't expect it to perform as well or give the same econ- omy as it would on PULP. Q A friend has told me that radio will be broadcast only in digital format after 2015. Do you know if this is true and is there any way the current car radios can be made to accept the digital signal? No car manu- facturer seems to be fitting digital radios yet. Tony Muller email There doesn't appear to be any changes coming up, and you're correct, carmakers are not fit- ting digital receivers yet. A source in the car radio business told us that there is little de- mand from car owners for digital radios at this time, and even the radio manufacturers don't seem to be moving that way as yet. 281 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Hans Kerkvliet 0411 174 411 Robert Heuke 0438 289 277 Hobart Great Wall $23,990. Drive away. The V240 4x2 Ute -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio, ABS/EBD, air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. 4x4 $3,000 extra. Metallic paint $350 extra. The Great Cars of China are here! $23,990. Drive away. The X240 4WD -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio/mp3, ABS, climate control, electric windows/mirrors/driver s seat, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. Metallic paint $350 extra.
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