I was discussing just a few days back with all of you about my Car. Yesterday morning on my way to office, my car started jerking (as if low on fuel) and pick up was so low. Immediate actions by me:
I went to the petrol bunk & put 3 - 4litres of fuel (to the existing 3+litres in the tank), that did not solve my problem so stopped the car at a lonely spot (so that I dont create a traffic jam on a saturday morning) and inspected if the tyres were rubbing against the bumper or any other body part. Luckily no such wheel related issues. Opened the bonnet and looked for any visible damage/ electrical wires cut etc..Everything seemed normal.
I thought may be engine is still cold so drove in the same condition till Queen's Road (approx 7kms from my home) and problem became bigger (car just doesnt cross 30kmph in any gear!) I pulled over to a Maruti Service Center there. The service advisor took a small test drive and came back to me with a confused facial expression. Then the below conversation went on
(SA = Service Advisor)
Me: Why is this jerking things happening?
SA: I have to look into it (opens the bonnet, pulls out the wires going towards the spark plug & one wire from the ignition coil) hmmmm may be an issue with these loose wires/ an issue with the engine head
Me: Sweating & worried
SA: Approx bill is 1800INR for Replacing the window glass roller for my driver side door & in & out cleaning of the car.
I was somewhat okay as he said he will try to keep the bill around 1200INR
I left the place & evening I am back at the M.A.S.S. &
Me: Sir, Have you fixed it?
SA: Hmmm we could not fix the jerking issue as the problem is "WE COULD NOT REMOVE THE SPARK PLUGS" & the ENGINE HEAD needs to be removed and sent for lathe work. Total cost would be around 22K
& since you already told me half hour back over the phone, we have not touched the engine works. Window roller replaced & car is totally clean. However we have billed you only for body wash & interior cleaning is free (what he meant is - "I did it for free, so give me some tips before you leave").
Me: Common, I have bought this car few weeks back and have not used for more than 250kms till now & already engine issues!
SA: If you are worried about the big bill, then try contacting some local mechanic, they will do it for a lesser price.
Me: Can you brief me once again in simple terms what exactly is causing this jerking in my car?
SA: Hmmmmm, the head needs to be given to lathe & the spark plug threading has gone....(murmurr...), Sir just give it to any mechanic, the moment he goes for a trial he will know.
Me: What About brakes? How much would it cost to sharpen them?
SA: Replacing brake pads & shoes would cost a total of 1800INR for all four wheels. But do it when you give it for a full service, labour cost will be slightly less.
I Paid 735 for cleaning & door glass regulator thing & left the place with the sadest face on Earth kind of expression. I took my car to the dealer (driving in the same jerking manner) who sold me the car & told him the whole conversation with the M.A.S.S, He smiles at me and says -"The music system etc wires could have something with the grounding in the car" Go to my mechanic (refers a name & number) and show him. He will fix in half hour! for a mere 100/ 200 INR.
I came home last night and confused and slept pretty late. This morning I remembered that all this issue could have been caused by the bumper cleaning activity I did on Saturday morning. So I again removed the bumper, check if I have cut/ torn any wires. Nope, everything seems to be fine.
Then comes another shock, ICE stops working (2 out of four speakers dont work) So took it to my known car battery & electricals workshop. He calls another mechanic and I explained him the issue with jerking. He took a trial drive & he says "350rupees & I will fix it, your car will run just like it used to without any jerking. I have 15yrs experience in this field" He is just 30yrs old, looks like 20yr old.
I trust him & allowed him to go ahead, he worked on my car for 1hour and says this is so ridiculous, I would not charge 2000INR even in my dreams!
He said the issue was with some ignition wire & one of the spark plugs was not working.
When the mechanic was working, the electrician declared that 3 out of the 4 speakers are fine, the IC in the player has fused/ burnt. So I removed all the speakers in the car. There were too many joints in the wires that go the rear speakers (from the dashboard).
In the meantime, the mechanic replaced the non working spark plug & put a new one, cleaned the rest of the two & adjusted the gap between (electrodes I guess) those two points. I just went for to recharge mobile & have a tea. I come back (in less than 10mins).
I AM SHOCKED! He has fixed all the spark plugs, grill & replaced wires. Adjusted throttle (idling) & is waiting for me. I took the car for test drive & was damn happy. Smooth, same old pick up, no jerking, hit 70kmph comfortably and all electricals are working fine!
I paid him the money
Labour - 350
Spark Plug - 75
Clips - 5
Wires - 20
I am seriously confused now, has the mechanic done a temporary fix and pushed the car back to me? Or is he really a genius?
The MASS guy told me that this isnt a small issue and jerking would just not stop till I get the lathe work done (spend 22K to get a smooth engine).
& Why did the M.A.S.S guy say, he could not even remove spark plugs (exact words by the SA are: " SPARK PLUG threading IS STUCK, WE COULD NOT EVEN REMOVE IT),
the mechanic removed the spark plugs right in front of me, but the usual tools (T-spanner) dint remove it, he had a custom made one for such cases!
If the SA is speaking truth am I headed for a 30K bill?
PLEASE LET ME KNOW, what exactly could be the issue? I also removed the reverse gear music thing (thanks Varun, I found it attached to the left side rear lights) & also there was something behind the bumper (similar to reverse gear music and it was connected to the main wire (red colour & the negative was connected to the body of the car). I removed that too.
Please share your opinions about the strange issue in my car. I am ttaching pictures of the car parts that I removed too.
Sorry for the long post, but I have not slept since last evening. Totally worried, I have not yet paid even the first EMI of my car loan and this happened.
Thanks in advance.
I had removed this thing on saturday morning.
does not work, no noise, no light (no bulbs) nothing, just sits hiding behind the bumper, so i had removed it.
This is how the thing was attached on saturday morning, before I cut it out
Mistaking it for the music thing
This is the actual thing, that makes the reverse noise
removed it & cleaned the bulbs & the reflector glasses
The rear speakers & all unwanted things removed
Slight oil leak continues
Just replaced a screw holding the bumper on the left side
Pictures of the new door pads I installed
Seat covers need replacement soon.
This part had a plastic, which was loose. They removed it & forgot to fix I guess. (MASS - needs to be more careful with customer cars, especially rattling ones)
How do i remove this part to see the drum brakes?