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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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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Mercedes-Benz GTS Class Vehicles MY2015-2016 Recall

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Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd — Mercedes-Benz GTS Class Vehicles MY2015-2016

PRA No.2019/17930Date published4 Nov 2019Campaign numberRC2724Product description

Mercedes-Benz GTS Class vehicles
Model Years 2015-2016

92 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.xlsx (9.14 KB)

What are the defects?

The adhesive connection of the drive shaft to the engine/transmission flange may not meet specifications. This may lead to the development of unusual noise, transmission malfunctions or, in certain cases, to loss of connection between the engine and transmission.

What are the hazards?

Transmission malfunctions ...

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Hyundai Venue, Elantra and Ioniq EV MY2019 Recall

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Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd — Hyundai Venue, Elantra and Ioniq EV MY2019

PRA No.2019/17928Date published4 Nov 2019Campaign number91C064Product description

Hyundai Venue
Model Year 2019
159 affected vehicles

Hyundai Elantra
Model Year 2019
6 affected vehicles

Hyundai Ioniq EV
Model Year 2019
2 affected vehicles

Total of 167 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.pdf (31.32 KB)

What are the defects?

The vehicle’s wheel nuts may not have been tightened correctly, which may cause the wheels to become loose and risk falling off.

What are the hazards?

If the ...

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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.2019/17909Date published1 Nov 2019Campaign numberSRT-284Product description

Subaru Impreza
Model Years 2017-2019

Subaru XV
Model Years 2018-2019 

54 715 affected vehicles

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN list.xlsx (604.78 KB)

What are the defects?

Due to improper Engine Control Module (ECM) programming, the ignition coil may overheat, creating a short circuit and blowing the fuse.

What are the hazards?

If the fuse blows, the engine may stop while driving and not restart, increasing the risk ...

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