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Nairobi News : November 22nd 2013
20 auto tips How do I get drive sign on dash to light up? Dear Neto, I have a 1998 Mitsubishi RVR auto- matic. The D (Drive) light on the dash does not light when I put the shifter into drive position. All the other lights are okay and the car drives fine. Could there be a bigger problem than the light? Randy. I believe your car does not have a digital display so either its a wiring problem, poor connection or just burnt bulbs on the dash. An auto-electrician can easily pick out this one. Have the wiring checked from the DRIVE WELL AND SAVE ON PETROL R ising fuel prices are not only a local but global problem and as a driver, you need to adopt some ingenious methods to improve your miles per gallon or kilometres per litre. Better fuel economy will improve your bank account and give your car some longevity. Most modern, high-end cars are fitted with kpl calculators and can easily determine how far you will go with the fuel in your tank. Some critics say these gizmos are too ambitious, though. Here is how to minimise fuel costs: Plan your route, it helps. Keep a list of the things to do and try to accomplish as many as you can in one trip. Lighten your load. Keep as little load as possible. Load will definitely increase your fuel consumption. Smooth moves.Most cars will work optimally at around 90 to 100kph. Fuel economy decreases above such speeds. gear selector switch to the instrument cluster panel then the bulbs individually tested. If the bulbs are burnt out, replacement is the only option. In some car models the lights are easy to remove while in some models it involves desoldering and soldering.Care must be taken when handling the instrument cluster because dropping it or shorting wires can bring out undesired results. TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY GO TO www.nairobinews.co.ke/motoring NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2013 Spoilt for choice: A Vitz or a Demio? Dilemma. Both cars are good on fuel economy, but differ on resale value, looks and space ... read on Dear Neto, I am looking forward to buying my first car and I’m interested in a nice small hatchback to help me in my work around Nairobi. I am at a crossroads whether to buy a Toyota Vitz or Mazda Demio. I have looked at the Toyota IST but I think a good one is Neto Ombewa Answers all your motoring questions out of my price range. The two cars are quite comparable in so many ways but kindly break down the details to help me in my choices. I know these cars are excellent for town runabouts because of their low engine capacities however, how do they perform on open roads, highways and hills? Miriam. I agree with you that the two are comparable in so many aspects though the Vitz has a slight edge over the Demio. It comes in two engine sizes: 1L and 1.3L both with vvti. That means you have more choices according to your fuel requirements, loading and driving distances. If you care much about resale value then Toyota Vitz is the car for you. The Mazda on the other hand is better especially the new look head and tail lights. Demios also have nicely done interi- The latest Toyota Vitz, also called Yaris in some markets. File, NairobiNews ors as compared to Vitz, cost less and are roomier. More and more of these cars are seen on our roads than before and spares are not a problem. I find Toyota engines quite reliable though I can still say the Demio engine is well done. The Demio engine compartment looks slightly cramped so it will take your mechanic more time to reach the hidden parts. Both 1.3L models will do well on hills due to their minimal weight and, in fact, the same 2NZ-FE engine fitted on older and newer Vitz models is the same engine fitted on some Toyota NZEs so I bet you power is not much of a problem. Fuel consumption is obviously lower on the 1L model but it depends on how you hit your gas pedal. Send your motoring questions to firstname.lastname@example.org wheels NUTS ABOUT CARS MYSTERIOUS WARNING SIGN AFTER CRASH Dear Neto, I have a 2003 Toyota NZE manual. There is a warning light showing as P/S on my dashboard. It started when I had an accident and took my car for repair. I had a nose-cut fitted and my airbags replaced. The airbag warning light was showing for some time but it was reset by a diagnostic scanner. The P/S light has been constantly on though I have ignored it since the engine has no problems. The steering feels slightly heavier. What does this warning light mean? Nandwa. The P/S warning light is related to the power steering hydraulic or motor driven systems. Some late models of NZEs are equipped with a system known as Electric Motor Power Steering (EMPS) system which uses an electric motor as opposed to the hydraulic driven power steering. This system uses an electronic control unit to perform intelligent vehicle steering actions. It provides power assists even when the engine is not running and has the advantage of increased fuel economy because the direct current motor consumes energy only when power assisting is required. When the control unit to this system detects any malfunctions, it generates error messages and stores them in a special memory which subsequently illuminates the P/S warning light on your dash. The P/S malfunction light can either be as result of a wiring fault, loss of connection to associated sensors or failure of the EMPS electronic control unit. Have your car scanned for error codes.
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