Should I sell off my Toyota Noah?
Posted Thursday, September 26 2013 at 01:00
I drive a Toyota Noah- TownAce, 1999 Model. It is a 4 WD 2.2 CC diesel engine. Recently I took it for its routine servicing, and the mechanic advised me to sell it immediately, reason being, that the engine is a 3C type which is complicated when it comes to maintenance and repairs. Well, I am not well-versed with cars and their engines, could this mechanic be right? I love this car and it has never given me any engine trouble.
Anyoli Jerry Grants
I have a different view about the complexity of the 3 CE 2.2 litre diesel engine in your 1999 TownAce. This engine is very popular in Asia and around the world because it is a small diesel engine (2,184 cc) and delivers sufficient power of 69 kilowatts and offers amazing fuel economy of up to 13km per litre if driven at highway speeds between 80-100km per hour. This engine has a simple single overhead camshaft (SOHC) drive train so it is easy to repair. If you maintain it with the correct diesel engine oil like the Shell Rimula R3X. It has the triple action which takes away piston sheer, and the heat generated by diesel engines. R3x has a higher oxidation period which gives you a longer oil drain period. You should have no worry about your engine as long as you maintain it with genuine filters and carry out regular service.
I have a Toyota Ipsum, 2.0 it has clocked 82,357kms, imported from Japan. Please advise which Shell Helix oil I should use.
For your Toyota Ipsum, the best Shell Helix oil to use is the
HX5 which is made for petrol engines and is sold in a yellow five litre plastic jerry can. The Helix HX5 has the following qualities:
-Management of sludge and soot particles
- In the absence of the right type of cleaning agents in oil, the black sludge or soot particles can burn together forming larger particles that can cause deposits and block oil passages in the engine. However, the additives in Shell Helix HX5 15W40 burn with the sludge or soot particles and hold them in the oil until the oil is changed at a specified interval and this keeps the engine components i.e. oil strainer, sump, cam cover, end plate and the cylinder head clean. Its formulated cleansing technology makes it 23 per cent more effective at removing sludge from dirty engines than other leading brands.
- Has better oxidation stability hence resisting oil degradation
- It is ideal for in stop - start traffic and a top choice for cars with newer technology engines.
- Cleans an engine to revive, rejuvenate and refresh it and minimises the vibrations and engine noise leading to a smoother and quieter ride.
- Its developed using high quality base oils and this reduces oil volatility and therefore the oil consumption
- It has a higher Viscosity Index which means the oil viscosity changes less with temperature compared to other brands
- It offers customised engine protection and performance, it meets or exceeds industrial standards and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications with an American Petroleum Institute (API) classification of SL/CF and ACEA A2/B2.
I drive a 2001 Audi A4 1.8 litre turbo with 180,000km on the clock. I have been enjoying the smooth performance of this vehicle until recently when the engine begun to surge and cut power at half throttle. It seems like the car tries to gain power and suddenly it cuts power. This happens around 2500-3000rpms. I have replaced the following parts: spark plugs, new mass air flow sensor and air filter.The problem persists. Computer diagnosis doesn’t seem to show a fault. Can you help?
Your Audi A4 may have a problem with the performance of the turbo charger. This problem is most likely mechanical and that is perhaps why the computer diagnosis has not picked it up.
Turbo chargers can fail as a result of mechanical breakdown due to poor lubrication (use of wrong engine oil or delay between oil service) or a leak of vacuum from the hoses attached to the turbo. Ask your technician to inspect the vacuum pipes in case they are loose and leaking vacuum. Use a vacuum pressure gauge to confirm that the turbo pressure is okay. Check the turbo waste gate valve in case its loose and you just need to tighten the threaded bolt of the actuator shaft.
You may need to confirm that the turbo impellor is not damaged, loose or running abnormally to suggest permanent mechanical damage. In case symptoms persist, contact us with details of what the inspection reveals and we will tell you what to do to sort out the problem.