The Grey Skid – Chevy Beat TCDi LS (December 2012)


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Congratulations @deville_56 for your Beat! [clap]
Make sure you do the routine services on time, if you do so, she will give you more trouble-free miles!
Remember, do not forget to replace your PCV filter every 25-30K Kms. Because the clogged PCV filter is one of the main reason behind premature turbocharger failure.
Thanks. Hard learnt lesson. Gave the 30k service at an outside (reputed race engineer's) garage. They didn't change nor did they knew such existed. Engine ceased at 45k km, which was supposedly the next service per them. That was the first time PCV was changed. The dealer always charged more, was the only reason going for outside garages. Dealer's engine job is highly commendable. Now replaced PCV at 20k interval.
 
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January (1) 2020: Itch to fix begins - Engine Decarb

The most annoying thing right now was the black smoke (which actually subsided by the time, but fume smell remained). Knew the issue was injector related, but didn't want any stone unturned. (The rogue mech claimed he has cleaned it as well).

Heard about Car Cardiac Care before, but ignored like any other "snake oil" sellers. One of my friends tried them on his Ritz with a positive response, so thought of trying them. Rushed to them. Surprisingly knowledgable guys. They asked for issues and history of the car. When I said engine rebuilt just 20k km before, they simply asked me not to do now as odo reading was too low to notice any significant difference. I insisted them to do anyway for my peace of mind. Like fellow TAIgers, they also recommended getting the injectors checked. Scanned the ECU before beginning and recorded the readings.

The process is simple. Water is turned to hydrogen and oxygen via electrolysis and fed to the air intake bypassing the air filter with the engine idling. Duration depends on odo reading. Took just 20 mins. Charged ₹ 2,300.00. (₹ 2,500.00 is their slab for up to 1000 cc. Charge varies with engine capacity and odo reading).

The outcome was the engine was a bit smoother. Was it worth the money? I don't know, then I decided to floor for some time to clean up any loose carbon. There was a sluggishness/cough felt after the turbo kick in. It was gone completely and rev after turbo was much more linear. Regarding value for money factor, there are competitors doing for half the rate, but in remote locations, hard to reach. Moreover, these guys are more reputed and the first movers.

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Their claims.

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One of the reasons for buying the car.

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Since it wasn't my car before, I always drove it sane, only crossed 100 on highway run, that too only once. Now licensed to smoke, redlined at the signal. Diesel pull was insane. The traffic behind disappeared in just the second gear. Third gear @5k rpm, I was doing just cross 100 [evil]. I am still a sedate driver, living in the 2-3k rpm range [angel], don't misunderstand me [lol].
(**This may or may not be related to the decarb).
 
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January (1) 2020: Itch to fix begins - Closing the Ratway

Finally found the rats entry/exit way. It was through the dislodged rubber cap in the firewall, removed by the dealer to install the security system [frustration]

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Just unwound the bunch of wire, many of which unnecessarily ran the width of the car to and fro.

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Cut them to size and rewired and resleeved.

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These much came extra.

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Put back the rubber cap and sealed the entrance forever.

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Tidy bay.

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Headlight very much faded. Needs buffing.

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How long does such a DIY last Deville bro ?
By the way bro , the one at nedumangad alloys work was quite good , but caliper paint peeled off (when we had taken the ride for a drive of 600km full stretch ) . Will be taking to them back for redoing it (I think he used more putty , its better to do with a heat resistant , rust proof primer - MRF Primers and then painting.
 
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January (1) 2020: AC Filter Replacement.

While returning from the decarb, AC was making turbo-like whistling in full blower speed. Found the cabin filter cover not closing properly.

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Pulled it out

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and found two of it's tabs broken.

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Then I noticed the cabin filter was fitted upside down and cracked due to stress and was pushing the cover outwards. Dunno who fitted this way.

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Filter was completely blocked.

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Went to Govind, they had UFI make filters, but I wanted new washable filter of new Beat. Drove to Chevy, waited half an hour due to server issues (Surprisingly, they had all parts in stock). Bad luck, got the old non-washable type. UFI was significantly cheaper.
AC Filter - J95947238 - ₹ 713.00 (14% price hike from 2017).

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Old vs New.

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Tabs fixed.

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New filter in, the proper way.

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How long does such a DIY last Deville bro ?
By the way bro , the one at nedumangad alloys work was quite good , but caliper paint peeled off (when we had taken the ride for a drive of 600km full stretch ) . Will be taking to them back for redoing it (I think he used more putty , its better to do with a heat resistant , rust proof primer - MRF Primers and then painting.
Headlamp restoration lasts depending on sunlight exposure. Car was standing in almost direct sunlight for a year. Just last year the headlight was polished during the paint job.

If the caliper wasn't cleaned before painting, can also cause peeling.
 
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