General Inspection – Loose fan belt

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THE EFFECT
A loose fan belt is a fan belt screaming out for help.  Also a loose fan belt may perish or deteriorate rapidly depending on whether it’s a polyrib belt or a ‘V’ belt.  A loose fan belt will also affect the charge rate and the cooling system if the water pump pulley is connected to that fan belt.  Any fan belt that is loose will affect what it’s driving.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Check the belts for tension.  If ...

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General Inspection – Thermo fan not switching on

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THE EFFECT
The car will overheat mainly when it’s idling.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
A thermo fan should switch on periodically when idling.  If it does not, make sure the connection to the thermostatic fan switch is okay. A fan fuse might also have gone.  Check all the fuses. Find the thermo fan relay, wiggle the relay or swap that relay with an air conditioning relay, provided that the amperage on the relays are all the same.

COST
Depending on why it’s ...

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General Inspection – Thermo fan switching on

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THE EFFECT
The cooling system will maintain normal operating temperature under all driveable conditions. 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
It’s always a good idea to look at the thermostatic fan to understand how it operates.  Because thermostatic fans are thermostatically controlled, they should switch on and off.  A good thermostatic fan in a very good cooling system will switch on for between 20-40 seconds.  If the fan switches on for longer than 60 seconds this might be a cooling system that is ...

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FAQ 4,

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Question Australia-3-1 Overheating and trouble with Toyota dealership
username=Elizabeth H
VehicleType=Toyota Camry
VehicleAge=9
DistanceTravelled=approx. 60000
Trans=Auto
Driveline=FWD
Country=USA
State=Texas

IsThereRoadSafetyEducationInYourTown=Yes
Subject=Camry overheating
comment=My 1993 Toyota Camry overheated a couple of weeks ago.  I had it
towed to the dealership where the radiator and thermostat were replaced.
Now I cannot drive more than 1/2 mile without its starting to overheat
again.  If I’m driving, the needle stays at about the middle of the gauge.
If I am stopped at a light or ...

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FAQ 3,

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username=Jim Mayhan
VehicleType=blazer
VehicleAge=11.5
DistanceTravelled=150,000
Trans=Auto
Driveline=RWD
Country=USA
State=Georgia
Subject=Vibration
comment=I have a 1991 S10 4DR 4WD Blazer.  I purchased the Blazer in
September 1990.  Over the past year I have had vibration problems at highway
speeds and on accellaration and decellaration.  I have had new tires and
shocks and had the tires balanced a few times.  Finally, I took it to
the dealer and explained the situation.  On Tuesday, 4/16/02, I took it to
the dealer.  He was intent ...

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Tesla car a world leading technology

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Many years ago our traditional car makers started to make an electric vehicle but with one major difference.

They seemed to be determined to make the worlds ugliest designs and with no effort for technology on every level.

Well that was until Mr Elon Musk decided to show the world what it means to make an electric vehicle. We might all agree that the tesla electric car is with the greatest of design and world leading technology.
The tesla EV is the ...

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Audi Q7 (4M) MY2020-2021 and Q8 (F1) MY2019-2021 RECALL

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Audi Australia Pty Ltd — Audi Q7 (4M) MY2020-2021 and Q8 (F1) MY2019-2021

PRA No.2020/18366Date published17 Jun 2020Campaign number38C7Product description

Audi Q7 (4M)
Model Years 2020-2021 

Audi Q8 (F1)
Model Years 2019-2021

With gearbox type AL552-8Q
Manufactured between September 2019 and December 2019 

7 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.pdf (51.64 KB)

What are the defects?

A gearbox oil pipe may have been incorrectly welded, which can result in a transmission oil leakage.

What are the hazards?

If the transmission oil leaks, there is an increased ...

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Toyota RAV4 Recall

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Toyota Motor Corporation — Toyota RAV4 (AXAH54, AXAH52, MXAA52 & AXAA54) MY2020

PRA No.2020/18348Date published9 Jun 2020Campaign numberVGG15Product description

RAV4 (AXAH54)
Model Year 2020
409 affected vehicles

RAV4 (AXAH52)
Model Year 2020
416 affected vehicles

RAV4 (MXAA52)
Model Year 2020
642 affected vehicles

RAV4 (AXAA54)
Model Year 2020
85 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.xlsx (38.04 KB)

What are the defects?

Small cracks may form in the front lower suspension arms and with rapid acceleration and deceleration over the parts’ lifetime, these cracks could spread and the suspension arm ...

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Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 S/C MY2019-2020 Recall-Noisy Emissions

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Jaguar Land Rover — Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 S/C MY2019-2020

PRA No.2019/17875Date published5 Nov 2019Campaign numberH249Product description

Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 S/C
Model Years 2019-2020

28 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.pdf (154.07 KB)

What are the defects?

The static noise level exceeds the regulated maximum decibel limit.

What are the hazards?

Vehicles may not meet the required noise emissions standards.

What should consumers do?

Jaguar Land Rover will notify affected owners by letter to request that vehicles are brought to an authorised Jaguar ...

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Subaru Impreza MY2017-2019 and Subaru XV MY2018-2019 Recall

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Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited — Subaru Impreza MY2017-2019 and Subaru XV MY2018-2019

PRA No.2019/17908Date published4 Nov 2019Campaign numberSRT 282Product description

Subaru Impreza
Model Years 2017-2019

Subaru XV
Model Years 2018-2019

25 329 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.xlsx (289.32 KB)

What are the defects?

Over time the aluminium positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may fracture, allowing the engine to draw an increased amount of engine oil. This may cause excessive exhaust smoke and possibly unexpected loss of engine power.

What are the hazards?

Excessive ...

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