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Q&A: 'LPG barb kit'

Mark's LGP Falcon needs a

Drive Team Mark was told by his mechanic that he needed a "LPG barb kit" for his 2004 Falcon.

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Q&A: Holden Cruze timing chain or belt?

Older model Holden Cruzes use a timing chain.

Drive Team Peter is wondering if a 2004 model Holden Cruze has a timing chain or belt.

Insurance advice and pitfalls

Make sure you are prepared to be prepared for whatever happens.

Glenn Butler When it comes to car insurance, you could be looking down the barrel of some nasty fine print. Glenn Butler gets out the magnifying glass.

Q&A: Toyota recall

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Nichole is wondering if her car should be recalled even though she hasn't recieved a letter from Toyota.

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Q&A: VW fault

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Bart's VW R36 Passat has a leaking head gasket after just three years of ownership.

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Q&A: Nitrogen in tyres?

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Wayne is wondering if he was ripped off when he agreed to pay to have nitrogen in his tyres.

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Q&A: Ceramic coated exhaust headers

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Jason wants to know the benefits of ceramic coated exhaust headers.

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Q&A: Sat Nav

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Bruce is wondering if he can download NavTeq maps on his portable Garmin sat nav.

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Q&A: Captiva won't start

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Rob's 2012 Captiva won't start and the ignition lights go off.

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Q&A: Holden Adventra

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Did they change the V6 Adventra from a four-speed to a five-speed?

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Q&A: Hail damage

Holden VY Commodore SS.  (9943A5) August 2002.  (Australia)

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Craig's 2002 Commodore recently experienced some mild damage from a hail storm and is wondering if he should bother fixing it.

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Q&A: Wrong fuel in engine

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Kylie is wondering if the price is right to fix her engine after she put petrol instead of diesel in her car.

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Q&A: Winter tyre checks

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Amanda is wondering what tyre checks she should do coming up to winter.

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Q&A: Air filter on VF Commodore

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Rick is wondering if a K&N air filter will provide any benefits.

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Q&A: Air conditioner fire

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Tracy's air conditioner caught on fire after getting it repaired two months ago.

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Q&A: Performance upgrade

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Jeff's dealer offered him a performance upgrade endorsed by the manufacturer.

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Q&A: Price of a tow bar

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Craig is wondering if he is being quoted a fair price for a new tow bar on his Audi.

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Q&A: Leaking oil

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Lorenzo is wondering what is causing the oil leak in his Honda Jazz.

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Q&A: Tyre inflation system

Truck tyres

Kylie is wondering what the hose connected to the centre wheels of a truck is.

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Q&A: Petrol engine sounds like a diesel?

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Paul's Kia Rondo petrol sounds a lot like a diesel, and is wondering whether this is a fault.

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Q&A: HSV capped-priced servicing

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Scott has been informed that as he is not the original owner of his HSV Senator he is not eligible for the capped priced servicing program.

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Q&A: Coasting in neutral

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Diane is wondering whether shifting an automatic into neutral and coasting saves fuel or effects the vehicle.

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Q&A: Tyre striping

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Rick is wondering if tyre striping/colouring will have an adverse effect on his tyres.

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Q&A: Noise while idling?

Captiva

Emily's Captiva makes a bearing noise from the engine while idling.

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Q&A: Replacement Jack

Rod needs a new jack for his son's Ford Mondeo

Mark Short Rod needs a new jack for his son's Ford Mondeo, and asks which one is suitable

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Q&A: Noisy Camry engine

Terry wants to know if the rattle from the engine of his 2012 Toyota Camry is normal

Mark Short Terry wants to know if he should be concerned about the rattle from his engine

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Q&A: Sat nav settings

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Global Positioning System (GPS)

Susan is wondering if it is possible to turn of the petrol station indicator on her sat nav.

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Q&A: Blocked fuel injectors

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Mark is wondering if he should notice if his fuel injectors are blocked.

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Q&A: Upgrading satnav maps

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Global Positioning System (GPS)

Warren is wondering if it really should cost $375 to upgrade his in-built satnav maps.

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Q&A: Faulty tyre pressure mointoring system?

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A Drive reader is wondering if the tyre pressure monitor system in their BMW X5 is faulty.

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Q&A: Satnav issues

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Global Positioning System (GPS)

Kev is getting error messages when using his satnav and is wondering who can help.

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Q&A: Privacy glass UV protection

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Graham is wondering whether the privacy glass in his Mercedes GL deflects VU rays.

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Q&A: Bets tyres for lots of kays

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Pictured are old tyres in the workshop of the old service station on Gardeners Road Rosebery.
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Anil is wondering which tyres would be best for him as he averages over 50,000km a year.

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Q&A: Five-speed auto reliability

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Mike is wondering how long his five-speed auto will last in his 2008 Holden Calais.

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Q&A: White smoke

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George's Toyota HiLux is blowing white smoke and he is wondering what may be the cause.

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Q&A: Shock absorbers

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Monique is wondering if she has the right shock absobers to fit on her 1995 Mazda 323.

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Q&A: Sat-nav pronunciation problems

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Alan's new VW Golf GTI's sat nav doesn't pronounce even the simpliest of words correctly.

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Q&A: After market or standard?

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Marcel wants to know if he should get an after market-chip on his 2008 Vito or keep everything stock standard.

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Q&A: Clutch thrust bearing failure

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Will's clutch thrust bearing has failed again after being replace only just over a year ago on his 2010 Forester.

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Q&A: Torque v kilowatts

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Jason wants to know what's the difference between Nm and kW when measuring a car's power.

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Q&A: Timing belt or chain?

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Janesh wants to know whether his 2008 Corolla uses a timing belt or a timing chain.

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Q&A: Intermittently stopping

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Geoff's 2001 Holden Vectra randomly stops when he hits bumps in the road.

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Q&A: Wrong speedo reading

Number crunch: A Drive test has shown that 93 per-cent of new car speedometers are inaccurate.

Wayne's 2005 Toyota Tazz's speedo reads double the speed he is actually travelling.

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The truth about car servicing costs

Money-go-round: Servicing cars is big business for car makers and dealers.

DAVID MCCOWEN Drive investigates the complicated world of maintaining your car in tip-top condition.

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Q&A: Winter tyres

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Amanda wants to know what checks do she needs to do when it comes to tyres in the winter?

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Q&A: Uncomfortable car seat

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The car seat in Bob's 2009 Corolla hurts his back, can anything be done?

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Q&A: Kluger fuel use

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Phil thinks his 2004 Toyota Kluger is using too much fuel.

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How to beat rising petrol prices

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DAVID MCCOWEN You don't have to be hostage to rising fuel costs.

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Q&A: Injector cleaner; does it work

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Mercedes-Benz put in an injector cleaner in at every service, is it necessary?

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Q&A: Prolonging the life of your car

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The basic things you can do to prolong the life of your car.

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Q&A: remote keys

Car Keys

Jayman is wondering why Honda only give one remote key.

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Q&A: Pedals too close

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John finds that the accelerator and brake pedal are too close together.

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Q&A: SRS light off

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Singh is wondering why his SRS light has turned off in his 2001 Mercedes E240.

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What you need to know about E10

Ethanol

STEPHEN OTTLEY We answer some common questions about Ethanol blended petrol.

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Q&A: Stop start teechnology

Audi RS Q3

Barry is wondering if stop start technology hurts the engine.

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Q&A: Problems maintaining speed

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Alex's 1997 Ford Mondeo is having problems maintaining speed and shakes at high-speeds.

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Q&A: More power but less sporty?

VW Golf wagon

Colin's new Golf wagon has more kWs than his previous model but feels less sporty.

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Q&A: Streak free clean

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Ivan wants to know how he can avoid streaks on his window when cleaning.

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Q&A: Loose wheel nut

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RJ is wondering if he should take his i30 to an expert to see if there has been damage done to the car from the wheel nut coming loose.

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Q&A: Excessive use of oil

2003 Subaru Liberty wagon

Desiree's 2003 Subaru Liberty has recentlt been using a lot more oil than usual.

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