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Old 24th October 2016, 13:02   #586
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Brake pad wear needs to checked for the inner pads. Out pads will have lesser wear. This brake pad thickness - the rotors wear will give the left over pad life. If you consider this to be less, change it, else it will create metal grinding noise while braking even if the pads have life but the rotors have worn.
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Brake pad wear needs to checked for the inner pads. Out pads will have lesser wear. This brake pad thickness - the rotors wear will give the left over pad life. If you consider this to be less, change it, else it will create metal grinding noise while braking even if the pads have life but the rotors have worn.
Sure sir. I didn't take a picture of the inner pads, but it looked similar. Will check it once after logging some more miles.

Rotors were changed once already around the 100k mark and are relatively new.
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A Punto / Avventura chassis that came in to repair a badly damaged car, while I was present at the service center -

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Required more than a dozen hands to unload this from the truck.
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A Punto / Avventura chassis that came in to repair a badly damaged car, while I was present at the service center
I'm really surprised the owner hasn't chosen to write off the car and instead chose to get the entire chassis replaced! Any idea what happened to the original car and the occupants CD?
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I'm really surprised the owner hasn't chosen to write off the car and instead chose to get the entire chassis replaced! Any idea what happened to the original car and the occupants CD?
Even I was!

So I asked the same to one of the service guys and he said the car insurance had expired few days before the accident, which the owner failed to notice. That left him with no choice but to repair the car, which would otherwise have been written off as total loss.

No serious injuries to any of the occupants, is what I've been informed. I didn't see the damaged original car to assess what would have happened though!
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The Punto has been doing it's job quietly and the odo currently is around 134k kms. The attention had shifted to my bike hunt, purchase, run-in, service etc and the Punto silently kept doing it's duties without missing a beat.

Last weekend, I decided to give the Italian lady the attention she deserved. A whole lot of hours later, she was looking fresh once again - ready to take on more work. Below jobs were done, although not professional work, by myself -

- Wash
- Amway Silicon Glaze Polish
- 3M Tech Wax.
- Meguairs Natural Shine Plastic Protectant.
- Tyre Polish.

And the results -

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Almost after 3 years of purchase, I am finally happy to have got to the bottom of this tin. Proved to be a very good exercise, but I'll buy a liquid wax next time around!

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Shift to Collinite 845 or a high quality sealant. Will give even better finish.

Close to 5 years and still looks fresh. Credit to you for maintaining it that way.
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Punto continues its uneventful run, and hence no updates recently. The brake pads look good for another 2k kms, while the tyres should last till 150k on the odo.

Currently has done around 136k kms and off it went for the regular 5k balancing and alignment ritual -

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When a 5 year old car tempts you stop and click photographs at 3:40 early morning after a long tiring day of work, you know the bond is special.

Shot with the mobile cam. Should carry the camera next time!

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