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Old 7th September 2015, 11:28   #151
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After I drove off, the a/c is back to its usual cooling.

Any pointers on what could be the problem ?
I would suggest you to get the condenser fan checked. It seems when the car is stationary the condenser is not getting enough air from the fan.During motion the combined air draft due to movement and air from the fan is cooling the refrigerant effectively.

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Had stopped at a shop to pick up something, leaving the motor running (for a/c) since folks were in the car. When I returned in a few minutes, the interiors felt warm / muggy. After I drove off, the a/c is back to its usual cooling.

Any pointers on what could be the problem ?
I had a similar problem with my Fiesta, and after a couple of months it turned out to be a minor leak in the AC evaporator coil. I'm not sure if this could be the case with the Baleno though, as Fords are known to have issues with such coils.
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Guess 10 years for cars is like age 50 for humans. Some creak here, a joint issue there. Since last few days have been noticing a problem - the a/c does not seem to work when the car is idling (during say a few minutes of waiting), but absolutely no issues with cooling when the car is on the move.

Had stopped at a shop to pick up something, leaving the motor running (for a/c) since folks were in the car. When I returned in a few minutes, the interiors felt warm / muggy. After I drove off, the a/c is back to its usual cooling.

Any pointers on what could be the problem ?
Had a similar problem with my Baleno, so suggest you first try and clean the condensor fins which may be blocked. I remember I had to change mine and it wasn't cheap.
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Lately there was a slight hesitation with cranking and when I looked up the log-book, the 3rd battery was in its 4th year.

In the pre-maintenance-free-battery days, one of the regular maintenance items was to top up the distilled water in the battery once in few months.
But Amaron and others spoiled us with their maintenance-free batteries so much that we only check the battery when we find it weak.
Anyway, I topped up the fluid, without much success - maybe at 3 years 10 months, it was too late in the day.

Since the last thing I want to happen is be stuck in traffic with a dead battery, I got a new Amaron fitted last week at a shop in OMR - near Sangeetha restaurant.
In 4 years, the price has remained the same - Rs4000. No inflation for Amaron or is it the competition forcing their hands ?
Anyway, after deducting 500 for the old battery, cost me Rs3500. Feels good everytime I now crank the car.

The Amarons are the 2+2 year types and the previous two batteries almost managed to hit the prescribed life of 4 years, falling short by just couple months.

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Lately there was a slight hesitation with cranking and when I looked up the log-book, the 3rd battery was in its 4th year.
Man, we are sailing on the same boat.
Couple of weeks our baleno refused to crank, driver charged the battery and it's working like a charm now. Yet to check the performance in person.
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Default Various maintenance updates

Over the past many months, quite some maintenance was done on the car, though I was not prompt in logging them here.

Timing belt change (30/11/2016) : Maruti mandates changing the timing-belt every 100K kms. I was only at around 85K kms in November'16, but the car
was ~12years old & since age is also a factor with rubber belts, had it changed at the trusted workshop near my home in Kerala.
Gates timing belt (Rs1680) + Tensioner bearing (750) + AC fan belt (360) + Labour (Rs1410) = Rs4200

Some other niggles resolved :

1) AC not cooling on idling : This was traced to the AC fan not working as rakesh_r correctly pointed out in this thread. The car came with Panasonic fan as OE. We were looking at getting a replacement fan when my mechanic friend suggested we just open up (only the cover, not the internals) & after that when the wire was connected, the fan started working. So back it went into service.

This solved the AC issue and now the car chills up like a freezer, as it used to do when new.

2) Windshield spray not working :
This was traced to a faulty spray pump (Part# 38410M66131) replaced with a new one for Rs270. Fixed.

Total for above 2 items was Rs500 (including the cost of the pump).

3) Headlights : The lights are pathetic & have been like this for years now. To illustrate, the single headlight of our Scooty is much better than the stock lights on my Baleno. Overtime, one of the headlight glass kind of glazed/dulled over. While I still managed with it in city, during my last Chennai-Kerala drive I found it difficult to drive with the pathetic beams.

One option was to change the headlamp assembly (costs R3600 a piece), which I was OK with, but was not sure if it will fix the problem. Another was to retain the assembly & move up to 100/90 lights. I was hesitant to do this as it might affect other road-users. But given the pathetic lights, I went in for this change, with a Philips relay. It is much better now, though still same as or maybe less than the stock light on our Swift.
Relay (950) + 2 bulbs (500) + Labour (200) = Rs1650.

Other checks :
1) Disc brake pads were checked - still have quite some life left & so not changed. These are the OE pads that came with the car & done 85K kms.

2) The faint sound that comes when steering is turned fully to one side : During the TD with my mechanic, he was finally able to hear it & confirmed that this comes from the shock-absorber & putting a sleeve on it will fix it. Since it is not the drive-shaft as I feared, I left it at that - can live with it.

The car in for timing-belt change :
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I would suggest you to get the condenser fan checked. It seems when the car is stationary the condenser is not getting enough air from the fan.During motion the combined air draft due to movement and air from the fan is cooling the refrigerant effectively.
You were right about the possible cause.

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Default Re: My Maruti Baleno LXi. So what's new, right? EDIT: 80K update on Page 9

Missed mentioning an issue that was noticed - a very minor gear-oil leak. Due to lack of time, this was not addressed & will be taken up during next service.
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Default Re: My Maruti Baleno LXi. So what's new, right? EDIT: 80K update on Page 9

Got the 90K km service done on 17-Jun-2017 at Gulf Automobiles, Mavelikara (KL).
Odo reading was 87760kms. The previous 80K service was done at 77715kms.

Main tasks :
- Oil & filter change
- Fixing the minor gear-oil leak mentioned in the previous post
- Radiator flush & fill with new coolant.
- Rotate the four running tyres

Engine Oil 3.3L : Rs980
Oil filter : Rs100
Coolant : Rs200
Distilled water : Rs60 (to dilute the coolant)
Selector shaft oil seal : Rs120 // this was causing the gear-oil leak.
Gear oil 250ml : Rs70
Labour : Rs800
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Total : Rs2330

Other pending task is to have the front bumper painted. Plus address some nicks/scratches/dents on the body.

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