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Old 9th November 2017, 20:19   #676
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One scrape. But I could not make out if it was metal or fibre - also, The wind deflector is already dis-engaged partly and is literally hanging by a thread.
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All the more reason for it to scrape
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But rubber should not make a sound that's audible thru the traffic sounds
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I had my ATF changed at Surakhshaa Bomanahalli about a month back. It was quite simple, come to think of it. (It was not a flush and fill, just drain and fill with a filter change). A-Star was at 53K KM. (2011 model)
Why didn't you do a flush and fill? I see a lot of horror stories on the avoidance of flush, on the internet.
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Why didn't you do a flush and fill? I see a lot of horror stories on the avoidance of flush, on the internet.
I did not want to risk a flush with inexperienced (wrt. AT and fluid change) mechanics. I had spoken to a Hyundai mechanic who also said they only drain, not flush.

As my AT did not have any problems, I felt a drain and fill was enough.
Also, I don't think any MASS has a flushing machine. I was not too comfortable with the idea of flushing using the transmission fluid pump on the car.
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Two minor issues with my A-Star AT:

1) Strange smell inside the car when AC is turned on. Similar to the smell you get when somebody is burning dry leaves and twigs.
2) The fuel lid does not open!

Because of these two issues, I have realized that:

1) Pickup improves noticeably when you switch off the AC
2) I need to take the car to a garage before I run out of fuel!
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Two minor issues with my A-Star AT:

1) Strange smell inside the car when AC is turned on. Similar to the smell you get when somebody is burning dry leaves and twigs.
Did you try cleaning AC vents (inside & outside) with AC sanitizes. It has worked for me, but the smell was not of burning, it was of a filthy smell, may be of bacteria.

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2) The fuel lid does not open!

Even my BIL's Punto has the same problem, it does not open by the lever given under the driver seat, but there is a small piece of wire to pull and open, which is accessed from the boot just near the place where is fuel lid is located outside.

May be you can check out once.

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Did you try cleaning AC vents (inside & outside) with AC sanitizes. It has worked for me, but the smell was not of burning, it was of a filthy smell, may be of bacteria.
This might be an electrical issue. Got the AC duct & vents cleaned last month during servicing.


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Even my BIL's Punto has the same problem, it does not open by the lever given under the driver seat, but there is a small piece of wire to pull and open, which is accessed from the boot just near the place where is fuel lid is located outside. May be you can check out once.
Did not find any exposed wire here. When I opened the boot, I found an old potato with things growing on it though. It was hiding behind the speakers.

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The red wire you see in the pic goes to the speakers. Maybe the wire to remove the fuel lid is hidden behind the grey piece of plastic. Anyway, the guy who did the installation has nailed the speaker casing to floor of the boot. Can't move it.

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Because of which I can't even access the jack & spanner. Access is blocked by the right hand side speaker!

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2) The fuel lid does not open!
Here is a picture of the fuel lid:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ml#post2492300 (A-star Automatic: Features review, EDIT: Mileage Updated)

I have seen a technician open a stuck fuel lid by slipping in a steel scale to press the black button inside. He used his right hand between the parallel and perpendicular position (the position of the hour hand of a clock at 1:30) to slip in the scale. Once opened, use grease to free the black button.

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2) The fuel lid does not open!
With the K10 3 cylinder engine, the increase in pick up is noticeable when the a.c compressor is cut off.

The fuel lid problem is quite common in all Marutis and I have experienced this with my Toyotas too.

While someone pulls the lever, have another person open the fuel lid. Just apply some boroline or silicone grease to the black actuator pin which helps hold the fuel lid locked. That should solve the problem.
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Is the fuel-lid problem because of a faulty cable ?
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Fuel lid problem fixed at Maruti service center with the help of screwdriver, fingers and two men. One guy's job is to keep yanking at the remote opener below the driver's seat.

Step 1: Open the fuel lid with the help of screwdriver or car key.

Step 2: Use the screwdriver to 'push' the metal latch inward. This will help the lid to pop open easily

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Step 3: Fiddle with the black rubberized clip with fingers or screwdriver. Not sure what exactly he did there though.

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AC burning smell problem could not be replicated there. We switched it ON for 30 minutes.
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Next time I open those panels in the boot, will check if we can create an emergency opener (using cable) - something like how the Safari has.
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