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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 10th 2010
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 10, 2010 Q&A Good advice Nuts to over-tighteners ASK SMITHY Graham Smith Q I have had the same problem with over-tightened wheel nuts as TJ Smith, but have found that it helps if you use Penrite Copper Eze as a lubricant on the wheel studs. Roger B Sunbury, Vic A: Using a lubricant does help, but its of no use the first time you have to loosen wheel nuts that have been over tightened. Certainly apply it once you've removed the nuts, that way they shouldn't be difficult to loosen the next time. Another reader told us he carried a long piece of tube that could be put over the wheel brace to provide greater leverage. That also works, but we shouldn't have to carry a length of tube just because someone can't correctly tighten wheel nuts. Q I'm having intermittent starting troubles with my 1999 Hyundai Lantra despite fitting a new battery, a new starter motor, and new high- tension leads. What could be causing it? Ray Becquet e-mail A: I'd be checking the crank angle sensor, a faulty sensor can cause the sort of trouble youre having. Q: The fuel sensor on our son's Ford Bronco has failed and the Ford agents say bad luck, as there are no replacements available, even from parts outlets. Can you help? Rhona Hobbs e-mail A: There are a number of businesses specialising in Ford F100s and Broncos and I would expect they would have the part you need. Try West Coast F100 Salvage (03 5266 2015). If they can't help, Google Bronco parts on the net and you are sure to find a supplier in the US who can supply what you need. Q: I have a 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.5-litre manual on dual-fuel. It appears to be performing well on LPG and I'm getting nearly 400 km on a 50-litre tank full, but I only get around 150 km on 50 litres of petrol and I think that's too much. What can I do about it? Tony Snow Port Macquarie, NSW A: The LPG consumption is very good, almost too good to believe, and the petrol consumption is woeful. I would expect that you should be able to get 17.5L/100 km or so on LPG, but you're getting much better than that, and about 14 L/100 km on petrol and you're doing much worse than that. I would take it to another LPG installer who is familiar with the system fitted to your car and have them thoroughly check it on both fuels. Q: I have recently noticed that you are fielding questions about Ford Ranger Cruise controls. Autron is an Australia-owned company that has been manufacturing cruise controls in Melbourne for more than 12 years. We market these under the AusCruise brand. We are the only company manufacturing cruise controls in Australia; all other products are either made in Taiwan or US/Mexico. We manufacture cruise controls to suit all vehicles, our range includes cruise controls for vehicles with conventional cable throttles as well as we pioneer cruise controls to suit drive-by-wire throttled vehicles. Our cruise controls have been sold by Mercedes Australia from 2002 to 2006 as a parts and accessory system for Vito & Sprinter. We have also in the past done a system for 1999-2003 Holden Rodeos and 3.0-litre diesel Jackaroos. We are a manufacturer and wholesaler, so we do not directly fix cruise control systems, but we have an extensive dealer network through Australia. Our dealer network has been supplying cruise controls to suit Rangers and Mazda BT50s since they were released. Customers are not disadvantaged on warranty when our system is fitted to a new vehicle by one of our dealers; Autrons cruise control is given warranty that matches the new vehicle warranty. Some of our dealers are actually Ford dealers who have been using our system in preference to the Ford Parts and Accessory kit. I have tried to contact Ford since I have seen the reports in your column, but have had no luck. Obviously, in these hard times it would be good for our car industry to support local companies who manufacture in Australia. I hope this information is of interest to your readers. Keith Anderson General Manager Autron A: I'm sure our readers will be interested to read about your cruise controls. Fitting an aftermarket system is one option Ranger owners have, but of course they are annoyed that Ford isn't able to supply the vehicle as they want it. Q: My 2004 Renault Clio Sport does not have a spare wheel, jack, wheel brace or toolkit. It has an aerosol tyre repair can. In the event of a puncture, will the tyre be repairable/ serviceable after it is filled with the ''get you home goo'', or will it be deemed unroadworthy? My concern is that the Michelin tyres fitted cost about $250 to replace and from past experience with other cars, it's likely that I will have a puncture. Alternatively, I could buy a spare wheel, wheel brace and jack, and leave them in my garage. This would allow me to rotate tyres as they wear, andImaybeabletogetalifthometo pick up the spare and tools if I had a puncture. What do you think? Dario Piubellini e-mail A: Using the goo as you call it will not affect the tyre, which will be perfectly useable after being repaired, providing of course it has not been damaged when it was deflated after being punctured. It is, however, a bit of a job to clean it out of the tyre. I would stick with the goo and not spend the money on the spare, jacks and tools. They are not of much use if you can't carry them with you. Test drive today at your local Holden Dealer. For more great offers visit holden.com.au/latestoffers Things you need to know: 1. Max. sale price for Captiva 7 SX AWD petrol or diesel automatic. 2. Max. sale price for Commodore International. 3. Max. sale price for Cruze CD petrol manual. Offers available on models delivered before 31/07/10, unless extended, or while stocks last at participating Holden Dealers. Holden reserves the right to change or extend these of fers. Not available with other offers. Private or ABN buy ers only. *Recommended driveaway price includes 12 months private registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery and stamp duty. #Steel spare wheel. Bluetooth is a registered trademark and logo of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Check holden.com.au to determine your phone's compatibility. ºExtra value based on RRP of discount and extras. ◊Fuel economy for manual only based on ADR 81/02 testing for combined urban/extra urban driving. Fuel consumption depends on factors such as traffic conditions, vehicle condition, vehicle load and your driving style. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Not all portable music devices or USBs are supported by the infotainment system. Please check with your Holden Dealer. HRE0573_HP1_A_HM Petrol or diesel for the same price! SIDI Direct Injection V -speed automatic 18" alloy wheels# Rear park assist Leather appointed seats Bluetooth Over $ ,500 extra valueº 3.2L V engine or 2.0L Turbo Diesel 5-speed automatic with Active Select Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Dual front & side curtain airbags 17" alloy wheels# Cruise control 7 seats Fuel economy from just 7.0L/100km◊ Electronic Stability Control (ESC) airbags including side curtain airbags USB & iPod compatibility Cruise control Automatic headlamps Commodore International Captiva 7 SX AWD Cruze CD Commodore Runout on now! Excess stock to clear! Bonus electric sunroof & side steps valued at $2,260. Bonus alloy wheels # valued at $1,260. $33,990 $36,490 $22,9903 $34,4902 $36,9901 Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* Driveaway, no more to pay* As shown with prestige paint As shown with prestige paint Hobart Motors Hobart 1 5 Mac uarie Street 03 230 7300
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