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Luke Reise ASKED THE GUIDE

Daewoo woes

I OWN a 1998 Daewoo Lanos SE hatch manual. Early last year a hose from the air-con compressor broke where it connects to the compressor. I had this fixed, but the same has happened again at the same place. Is there a design fault with this hose connection? I realise this is a cheap car, but if this keeps happening it certainly doesn't make for cheap motoring.

IT COULD be a design fault, but failures such as this usually are caused by a vibration that results in a fatigue failure of the component. The first failure occurred after five years, the second after only a few months, which suggests something other than a basic design flaw is the root of the problem. Have the compressor checked to make sure it's working the way it's meant to, check the compressor mounts for looseness or cracking, and the belt for correct tension.

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