The Road Ahead : April 2011
KNOW YOUR CAR TOYOTA'S RECENT SAFETY recall of nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for fuel leakage from a fuel line fitting, and the unrelated experiences of a member with petrol leaks from a fuel hose, are reminders of the dangers of fuel leaks. Age, heat and ozone had deteriorated the rubber fuel line on his car causing a sudden leak of large quantities of petrol around the hot engine. Luckily, the driver noted the smell of raw fuel and shut the engine off before a fire could develop. Regular checks of the fuel system and hoses should be a part of proper vehicle servicing to ensure leaks don't develop. If a hose needs replacing, only use the correct grade of fuel hose for the application, the fuel type and system pressure. If the hose is secured with hose clips only use the correct type. There are special clips for fuel injection systems. And don't replace hose assemblies that incorporate special couplings or fittings with clamped hoses. WITH JOHN EWING, RACQ VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES car questions OVERHAUL OR NOT? Q. My vehicle's diesel engine is being reconditioned. Is it essential to spend a lot more money and overhaul the injectors and injection pump now as recommended by my mechanic? A. His recommendation will help protect your investment in the engine by ensuring proper performance and longevity. It's in line with the Australian Standard for reconditioning diesels and it's the logical time whilst these items are already removed. Problems with the reconditioned engine due to faulty fuel system components won't be covered by the warranty. GOOD OIL ON BRAKE FLUID Q. I have about half a bottle of brake fluid on the garage shelf. It's been there for quite a while. Is it okay to use for topping up? A. Brake fluid has an affinity for water and can absorb moisture from the air once the seal on the bottle is broken. This will reduce the fluid's boiling point and reduce brake effectiveness. It can also cause brake system corrosion. Play safe -- get a new bottle of correct specification fluid. MAKES YOUR DAY APR/MAY 2011 THE ROAD AHEAD 43 Transport and Main Roads Tomorrow's Queensland: strong, green, smart, healthy and fair Changes for a safer Fraser Island junior_QTR26646_TRA Advertisement Authorised by the Queensland Government, Brisbane. Make your visit to Fraser Island safer. Driving on Fraser Island can challenge even experienced drivers. It's easy to get in trouble when driving an unfamiliar vehicle in a difficult environment. Speeding with a vehicle full of passengers and a heavy load on the roof could easily cause a rollover resulting in serious injury or death. To keep visitors safer, the Queensland Government has introduced new laws on Fraser Island. A driver breaking these laws risks a $300 fine and (for Australians) 3 demerit points. Now effective: • 80km/h on beaches. • 30km/h in townships and on inland tracks. • All hire 4WD vehicles must carry no more than eight occupants (including the driver) and not carry luggage on the roof. From 28 February 2011, all hire 4WDs used on Fraser Island must also: • have all seats facing for ward or rear ward (not side-facing) • have a ma ximum of eight seats • have all items stored securely inside the vehicle -- below the top level of the door frame • be fitted with seatbelts which meet Australian Design Rule standards.