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Old 21st December 2011, 18:10   #2326
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Got back my car from service. The sound is gone for the moment, so it is confirmed that the front brake calipers were indeed the culprit. They have added some shim sheet and tightened it for the time being. They have also taken a photo of the calipers and send to Chevrolet as their feedback on repeated service of parts. No owner special complaint will be sent as I am given to understand. But if this occurs another time, I am planning to pen down a personal complaint to Chevrolet, as this has been irritating and upsetting the Beat's plus point (low NVH ride) right from the purchase.

Some other questions I wanted to ask my fellow-members.

Are you getting steering vibration when the radiator / compressor fan runs at a higher speed? I think there are two speeds at which the fan runs. I don't feel much issue on the lower speed, but at higher speeds of the radiator fan, there is much vibration on the steering that kills the joy of low NVH.

Were anybody able to lock the stock HU (mentioned as theft-deterrent system in the owners manual) with the code / number available on the sticker on the HU at the time of purchase?

I felt that the ride is real bumpy on roads with potholes, when the car speed is low. The occupants get to sway from left to right heavily. Is it the same with everyone? Can we adjust the shock for a softer setting?

Have anyone changed the stock horn to a better one of the same specification without touching any wires? I'm feeling the need for a more noticeable one. I love the one on the VW polo, not shrill, yet noticeable.
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I just came back from test driving my car.It looks ok now.there is no left pulling.But I felt a slight lag towards right(May be I felt so.Need to check in highway).SA said He tried changing Lower arm,Shock absorbers.But issue was not solved.Finaly he replaced the Struts and did the alignment and it is fixed.They charged me 1001/-
where 578/- was for pollen filter,428/- was for balancing and alignment of wheels and labour.
I have CPCOO and still had to pay money.Is right they asked money?

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Got back my car from service. The sound is gone for the moment, so it is confirmed that the front brake calipers were indeed the culprit. They have added some shim sheet and tightened it for the time being. They have also taken a photo of the calipers and send to Chevrolet as their feedback on repeated service of parts. No owner special complaint will be sent as I am given to understand. But if this occurs another time, I am planning to pen down a personal complaint to Chevrolet, as this has been irritating and upsetting the Beat's plus point (low NVH ride) right from the purchase.
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Some other questions I wanted to ask my fellow-members.

Are you getting steering vibration when the radiator / compressor fan runs at a higher speed? I think there are two speeds at which the fan runs. I don't feel much issue on the lower speed, but at higher speeds of the radiator fan, there is much vibration on the steering that kills the joy of low NVH.
Never had this issue.

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Were anybody able to lock the stock HU (mentioned as theft-deterrent system in the owners manual) with the code / number available on the sticker on the HU at the time of purchase?.
Tried this.Finaly I realise that I dont have(lost) the default code.
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I felt that the ride is real bumpy on roads with potholes, when the car speed is low. The occupants get to sway from left to right heavily. Is it the same with everyone? Can we adjust the shock for a softer setting?
I too need this.

Have anyone changed the stock horn to a better one of the same specification without touching any wires? I'm feeling the need for a more noticeable one. I love the one on the VW polo, not shrill, yet noticeable.[/quote]
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Old 22nd December 2011, 14:41   #2329
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Guys, have anybody experienced water seeping in to the boot and wetting the mat on which the spare wheel is kept? This is the second time I am experiencing it after a wash. Request you all to keep a check on the bottom of the boot after every service, as this moisture do not dry up fast on the mat.
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Guys, have anybody experienced water seeping in to the boot and wetting the mat on which the spare wheel is kept? This is the second time I am experiencing it after a wash. Request you all to keep a check on the bottom of the boot after every service, as this moisture do not dry up fast on the mat.
I remember somebody else also complaing about similar issue.But I never faced it. Try pulling out the beedings and put it in water for some hours.Then fix it and see.
Dont ask me how it works,I saw a local workshop guy did this for my uncle's old car and it works.I have tried the same with 'presure cooker' washers,it worked too.Just give a try.sorry if .But worth a try.


I also got the car.I still heared the sound twice while comming back from service center.I discussed with SA regarding the break Calipers.He seems to be less interested.
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Just completed my first servicing on 6th. After that I did a tankful to tankful FE measurement and my Beat gives 14.5 KMPL No doubt an improvement from the 10.5 I was getting before first service. Odo now at 700 kms in roughly 1.5 months.

Still lethargic about my initial ownership review. There is a vibration sound coming from the back of the car while going over rough surfaces and Kropex have yet not delivered the free Mud flaps.. my only grudges.

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I remember somebody else also complaing about similar issue.

I also got the car.I still heared the sound twice while comming back from service center.I discussed with SA regarding the break Calipers.He seems to be less interested.
Might be your issue is not with the break calipers. If the sound is recognizable by the SA, he is eligible to correct it.

Regarding the beading. In the Beat's design, there is a gap between the rear bumper and the body before the boot beading! I doubt whether water won't go through that, even if the boot is closed and the beading seals perfectly?

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Just completed my first servicing on 6th. After that I did a tankful to tankful FE measurement and my Beat gives 14.5 KMPL No doubt an improvement from the 10.5 I was getting before first service.
Improvement of 4 kmpl! Could you share the break down of city to highway driving, traffic conditions and the usage of A/C for the 14.5 kmpl?
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Does anyone else think that the air intake is positioned very poorly and the Beat might have some breathing problems that would probably improve with some small changes in the intake ?

Take a look at the first post to get an idea. It sits on the lip between the grill and the bonnet and does not have access to any air coming in through the grill or any of the air in the engine bay. It is only fed by the air coming in from the narrow, few mm wide slit between the bonnet and the top of the grill.

Does anyone thing that a slight modification so that the intake opens out in the engine bay itself would help ?
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Hi guys,

I will be going for the 20k KM service in coming week, need your advice on the below issue.

Since last 5-6 tank full, I'm getting an AVG of 14-15 but again it has dropped to 10 under same driving condition (same route, time, petrol pump). I need your advice that how and what shall i tell to SE at the service center.

I have explained the problem in detail in my review for chevy beat, the link for the same is http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-t...d-moments.html

Any advice/suggestion are more than welcome.

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Improvement of 4 kmpl! Could you share the break down of city to highway driving, traffic conditions and the usage of A/C for the 14.5 kmpl?
I mostly drive within electronic city with sparse traffic in the morning and bumper to bumper during evening. It is about 4 kms one way. A/C usage was 100% for the first tankful before the first service and limited to around 70% in short bursts ( the a/c is a chiller mind it ) after the service. Also, a contributing factor could be that earlier I used to drive mostly on 2nd and 3rd gears and now I drive in 3rd and 4th with an occasional 5th gear
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Congratulations on your first post and welcome to the forum. It looks like not a battery issue or wiring fault.What situation did you stall the car?.BTW ,you took car from Kalyan nagar trident?
Turns out its a wiring issue - the battery was not connected properly. Funny how they did not notice it in pre-delivery checks which I think are pretty much standard for all car showrooms.

Is the left-pulling as described by you only in a particular gear or sipped range or it's there all the time?
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Turns out its a wiring issue - the battery was not connected properly. Funny how they did not notice it in pre-delivery checks which I think are pretty much standard for all car showrooms.

Is the left-pulling as described by you only in a particular gear or sipped range or it's there all the time?
I discussed about your issue with Mr.Naveen, service manager in Kalyan nagar show room.He said to ask you to contact him.

Left pulling was there at all the gear.But now rectified.Other issue(thud sounds) still persist.
To add up,i am getting extra fine FE now.Let me run out all the petrol in tank and I will post the Figures.
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Funny how they did not notice it in pre-delivery checks which I think are pretty much standard for all car showrooms.
Standards! That is topic for another thread itself Apart, for the PDI, I guess that they only check if all the systems are just working or not. They may not be checking if each and every nut is tight or loose. May be I'm wrong.

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Other issue(thud sounds) still persist.

To add up,i am getting extra fine FE now.Let me run out all the petrol in tank and I will post the Figures.
Oh please, do not let the car run on the last drop of petrol. It destroys the catalytic converter. Why don't you tank up mid way and check the FE? I'm eagerly waiting on FE issues and corrections as I am again getting low FE, though I thought for a couple of fills that it has improved.

The brake caliper issue is nicely described in the below post. Check out if the noise disappears when you break (lightly) over a distance, when the noise if present. If so, you can be 100% sure that the issue is with the calipers.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post1503665 (Caliper Noise Problem - Common Problem But No Solution Yet)
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There is a rattle which is felt from the underbody when the car is driven over "thinly sliced" uneven roads.Press the brake slightly and the noise disappears.
Two issues that I am concerned at present, apart from low FE, are knocking and misfiring. Most of the time I up-shift at around 1600 - 2200 RPM (according to the blocks on the display), and many times I get to hear engine knocking (it can be heard when windows are rolled down) initially for a few seconds! I have also experienced momentary misfiring (like missing a heart-beat) on steep inclines when I floor the accelerator pedal (say in 2nd gear). Can these be any issue with the fuel line or the ECM still? I am loosing all pleasures of buying a new car, with so many issues, minor or not.

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Please can you give the reason for pulling to the left and how was it rectified?I too have noticed the same problem(very minor)after i returned from Leh(was very careful about bumps and potholes and bad roads.
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Update on FE:

Trip Meter: 638.4
Fuel Amount: 2300
Cost Per liter of fuel: 69.94
Amount of Fuel: 32.88
Final FE: 19.41 Km/L

Quite satisfied considering around 60-80 Kms of that was in the city. A/C was sparingly used whenever required on highway but 100% within City.

Scheduled for 1.5 yr Service, issues to consider for me are

1. A/C is strong but does not cool the cabin, why?
2. Left Pulling Issue ( Someone suggested to try for WA/WB and WR from a local shop)
3. A rattle from the left side dashboard ( Some screw gone loose)
4. Wiper change
5. Inconsistent Horn ( Suddenly the dual horn becomes single horn and then automatically returns to being dual horn)
6. NVH level increase (Slightly )
7. Noise while breaking ("puff" noise) during the first few times in the morning
8. Noise from the steering when standing ( this too only when i start off in the morning)


It is scheduled to be on 7th Jan. Will take a prior appointment. I have covered 11,500 Kms uptil now.
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