Recently had a nightmare with my sparky.
Planned to visit Kumbakonam from chennai as devotional trip. Left chennai with family around 7.30PM on 26th. Planned to reach kumbakonam between 12 to 1 and take rest. Finish holy bath by sunday morning, visit my sister in nagapatinam and start to Chennai around 3 PM on sunday.
When I was going between Ulundurpet and kumbakonam, middle of the road engine got switched of abruptly in middle of the road. luckily the road was desorted and unlucily it was dark. no vehicle before or after. It was like middle of some kind of jungle. if am alone or with other friends i might have managed. But this time I was with my family. Wife got scared a lot. I opend the bonnet and found heavy smoke was comming near coolant tank. Somehow guessed there could be a problem in collant. Then cranked the engine it started. Drove slowly and found a fuel station in 1 and Half KM.
Equired about coolant water, the guy who was there in night did n't know about it. Really do not know what to do. There were few lorrys were parked and found one drive near it. He helped me to get coolant water, mix it and fill it (never done that before so do not know how to do it).
Then managed to kumbakonam, and nagapatinam. At nagapattinam before leaving filled the coolant water. After starting, just after few KMs stopped for filling fuel. After filling fuel, found all coolant oil were leaked. do not know what to do. But do not want to stay back.
So bought a bottle and started the journey. Reached PONDY and checked once. Found the level was gone down. Again filled and started.
Worst part is A week before only gave it for service and i had told them there is some kind of wetness in passenger side front seat as complaint. When taking it from service I was told that it was because of AC water leakage. But during my entire trip i saw the wetness was there again.
So after reaching chennai, took the car to service center. Usual executive was not there so other person took the car. When I explained to him, he immediatley told me that the wetness was due to coolant water leakage. I was furicios. They are so dump that they did not even checked properly and they have not topped up the coolant water also. if they would have done it they might have know it.
Finally i said i will not pay even single pie but i want this to be rectified. They agreed and did eveything. and charged only for the coolant water tank cap for Rs. 400 saying that the valve in the cap is struck that is the reason due to preasure as soon as the vehicle is stopped all collant water got leakedout.
Now after 100/150 KM drive checked the collant water level it is full. Happy finally.
Learnt in this insident.
- Always check the basic things like coolant oil, engine oil etc even when you start a trip after service.
- Always keep a stock of collant oil or some emergency oils before you start long drives.
- When you get smoke from the front, first dont panic. First see what it is and then decide (do not know whether am i right or wrong in this point)
- When you travel with family in state highways, pls make sure to travel in day time or in peak hours.
Finally nice experience where i learn lot of coolant water, its usage etc. But hard-way of learning.