3rd Service full details and Updates. Car status:
Performance issue: Car lost some horses. Story:
- Age: 6 months 20days
- KMs done: 11k km
I left my car for service yesterday, which is the day after the Ugadi festival, I was hoping for less crowd and luckily only few cars were there for service.
I called my SE and asked him to take a note of service items other than free service list.
since my car already covered 11k km and ran with synthetic Oil, I decided to change oil this time.
while going for service only I decided to switch it back to mineral Oil, when I asked him about the price of the mineral Oil I was shocked, now 3.1lt oil cost you 2.6k rupees
, earlier it was just ~800 rupees.
By looking at the price difference between mineral and synthetic I asked him to put synthetic oil this time also. 3300/-
Since I already know that my car lost some horses so I asked him to change Air Filter. 400/-
SE said wheel balancing and alignments also recommended, so alignment cost you 470/- and weights cost 300/-
I asked my SE to give a good wash all over my car and tight all necessary bolts,suspension check up, brake check up. STILL I WAS NOT CONVINCED
about oil choice this time,
So called RK
since he is a Maruti car owner from long and asked his help to pick engine oil type this time. He said mineral
since Maruti is already changed mineral oil grade for Diesel engines
and mineral is the recommended so I decided to put Mineral only.
RK also said not to opt for wheel alignment and balancing at dealer, since they wont do it properly.
So I called my SE and asked to put mineral oil only and not to do any wheel alignment and all. I asked him to do rest.
I left my car for service at 11 am and SE asked me to come at 5pm.
I went to service station and found that my car is washed very well and looking brand new, I really liked the cleaning work this time specially.
I opened my car's bonnet and found this
People is it look like new Oil? at least the color is bad and just look like old oil, I asked my friend to call my (my safari)mechanic unfortunately he was not responding.
I told my SE on his face that this oil is old, he was very shocked and rushed to get his mechanic to convince me,
I also sent this picture to RK for his opinion he also got some doubt but he said it is ok.
I use to put near 7ltrs of oil to my safari's engine and the oil use to look brown at least till 1.5k km (at 5k km interval), our ertiga case is different it takes only 3.3 ltrs of oil but you can only put 3.1 ltr since around 200ml old oil cannot be flushed out, so the color can change to black very soon after the 1st ignition once the oil change is done(at 10k km interval). Best part:
the moment I started driving car, I realized the my SE has done a very good job,
he sorted all the issues I reported, my ertiga gained back few more horses and very quick now,
body noise is considerably less,
engine sound is great now,
Oil filter: 300/-
don't remember rest total 2500/- My SE addressed each and every issue and I'm going to give 10/10 rating this time