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I've just discovered that the 2009 Mazda CX-7 I've owned for over 6 years has a timing chain rather than cam belt. It's covered 60,000 miles and I'm now worried that issues with the chain, the VVT or turbo...
My Renault Scenic is ten years old and has covered 17,000 miles. Five years ago, at 12,000 miles, I had a new cam belt fitted. It's now been another five years, do I need another cam belt? The car has...
The timing belt snapped on my 2004 Renault Trafic, it's only done 56,000 miles. How much might it cost to fix?
I had a faulty clutch on my 2003 Vauxhall Vivaro. My local garage stripped the van and I supplied the clutch from a reputable dealer.The garage fitted the clutch and when it did not release they said it...
Fiat have contacted me saying that the cam belt on my 2012 Fiat Panda is overdue replacement. It has only done 30,000 miles. Is replacement really needed yet?
I brought an approved used BMW last month. It is still under manufacturer's warranty. When I washed the 442M Diamond Cut alloy using a pH neutral wash some white residue marks appeared as I dried it. The...
My 2004 Saab 9-3 had a flat battery several times after being left for a couple of weeks. The garage diagnosed a fault with the heater fan which was draining power even when switched off. They quoted £800...
I own a 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII GTI that's covered 23,000 miles. With the ever increasing reports of problems with VWG timing chains, should I consider a regular replacement regime such as that for engines...
I recently purchased a 2013 Ford Mondeo 1.6 EcoBoost and have noticed after parking it up that a burning smell, similar to when a clutch is overridden, is present. There are no problems with the clutch...
We have a 2012 Ford S-Max 2.0 CDi Powershift with 45,000 miles on the clock. In last week's CAR section you suggested that the cam belt and associated parts should be replaced after 4 years. This has us...
 

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