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Old 7th May 2009, 17:27   #136
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Buy brake pads from outside, they are available for ~ 1500/-
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It seems that the brake discs are also worn a bit and may need skimming (the Toyota pick up driver said scanning). I know brake pads cost~Rs. 6K. What about brake discs (all 4). He said 2 pairs are cheap.
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Honda Civic brake discs are around 6K a pair. Skim them and use them. You have nothing to fear as long as the minimum thickness is maintained.
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Finally got all the four brake pads changed at around Rs. 6K and 2 rear discs at Rs. 4.5K. Around means all taxes which I am too lazy to calculate and post the exact cost in Rs.
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I have a small query regarding service intervals. Corolla has a recommended interval of 1 yr/10000 km. That was fine when I used to drive around 18K per annum. However, now I drive at an average of around 7K per annum. Thus, following a 1 yr interval would mean 3K still to go. Should I follow 1 yr (regardless of mileage in that period, which would most probably be 7-8K) or 10000 km (even if it means a service interval of 15-16 mths).
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Should I follow 1 yr (regardless of mileage in that period, which would most probably be 7-8K) or 10000 km (even if it means a service interval of 15-16 mths).
It is usually whichever is earlier. If in warranty, you have to stick to that.
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It is usually whichever is earlier. If in warranty, you have to stick to that.
Purchased the car in 3/2007 and so warranty expires in 3/2010. Last service done in 5/2009. So next service is 5/2010 (if going by 1 year) or 9/2010 (if going by 10K interval and based on my present driving). In either case, warranty would have expired. So what to do???
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Hi Vasudeva,

Just spoke to the service advisor in Lanson Toyota. He said that it is compulsory to service the car once a year or every 10,000 kms, whichever is earlier. According to him, the viscosity of the oil goes up and has to be changed.

This is a wake up call for me, as i had serviced my Corolla (H4 Auto) in March 2008 and the car has run only 4000 kms since the service.

Booked for service for tomorrow @ 8 am.
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Thanks everyone. It seems 12-13 months will work for me.
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In either case, warranty would have expired. So what to do???
Your problem is minimised. You are on your own if warranty is not a factor.

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Thanks everyone. It seems 12-13 months will work for me.
Contrary to popular thoughts here, I like ot conserve precious resources and allow them to be used to their fullest. So finish your 10000kms befoer you take it for that oil change. The oil iin a petrol engine has less degradation.

You can (and should) keep an eye on the level and nature of the oil in between as I do in my Marina (I have shifted from the required 7500 to 10000 oil change interval).

The City anyway requires a change every 5000kms.
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Hey Vasudeva. Just'd a query! How much air pressure do you keep in your Corolla's tires for a comfortable ride? Yesterday got it done from a Petrol Pump to 30 in all four, as recommended. But the suspension became too thrashy and every bump on the road was noticable, so reduced it to 25 and things seem to be much more comfortable. Are these petrol pump monitors not good enough? Have been getting it done on my other cars for years, and everything is fine. So what is different with Corolla?
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Hey Vasudeva. Just'd a query! How much air pressure do you keep in your Corolla's tires for a comfortable ride? Yesterday got it done from a Petrol Pump to 30 in all four, as recommended. But the suspension became too thrashy and every bump on the road was noticable, so reduced it to 25 and things seem to be much more comfortable. Are these petrol pump monitors not good enough? Have been getting it done on my other cars for years, and everything is fine. So what is different with Corolla?
25 is too drastic a drop !! I wouldn't suggest going below 28 at the minimum, my '05 Corolla rides at that pressure or higher but never below.
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Thanx Spur. Increased it to 27 and it feels just perfect at that level.
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I get the tyre pressure to 30 as recommended, and get it checked every 3-4 weeks (mostly). In fact, I think that substantially higher than that (not substantially lower) makes for a more bumpy ride. At 30 and roundabout, it glides over most surfaces.

Another point that may save you money: go with regular fuel (my service advisor says there is no need for premium fuel which now costs +Rs. 2/litre) if you are not already doing so. Also I get fuel from an IOC company owned fuel station. Previously it was once a week, regardless of mileage (which anyway used to be 250-440 k/week), but now every 2-3 weeks (mileage dropped to 120-180/week). When fuel empty light comes on, I have calculated from numerous refills that the car has used up 36-38 litre, so a safe estimate is 10-12 litres remaining.

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No two petrol pump air pressure meters will give same reading. It is best to use either only one pump or buy your own air pressure meter. I want to buy one. Can anybody suggest which are the good brands available.

I used to fill up my Matiz always with premium fuels, but for Toyota I am using only regular fuel. I always get the tank filled up as it saves me repeated trips to pump.
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