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Old 11th March 2010, 13:13   #151
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Some pics of car being serviced recently.

Behram Sir: Please clear this doubt!

What is the type of grease that has to be injected in steering rods, propeller etc. My service station guy used a black colored grease. Is it good?
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Old 11th March 2010, 13:23   #152
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Dear Arun - I am not a tribology specialist (the science of lubrication). The basic is that you must use what is known as "Chassis Grease". If you are servicing your car at an HP petrol pump, they would automatically use an HP supplied product from a 200 litre drum. Yes, it is black in colour, but the colour in any lbricant I think is actually a die which brands a product (like "red" v/s "white" brake oil). Let me find out more from my tribology laboratory.

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Dear Arun - I am not a tribology specialist (the science of lubrication). The basic is that you must use what is known as "Chassis Grease". If you are servicing your car at an HP petrol pump, they would automatically use an HP supplied product from a 200 litre drum. Yes, it is black in colour, but the colour in any lbricant I think is actually a die which brands a product (like "red" v/s "white" brake oil). Let me find out more from my tribology laboratory.

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Sir the reason I stressed on the color was because one FCB member scared me saying the color BLACK was because of rotten potatoes mixed in the grease..

My Service station is in a HP Bunk. So I guess they use good grease. When I asked the service guy what grease they use, he said "Saar, this is company grease".
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Dear Hillram - why have you removed the original aluminium wheelcaps? Please put them on if possible (in one photograph, they are there). If you are not putting them on because you are protecting them for special occasions, it is the correct thing to do. Then please put the black plastic wheel caps on because they will protect your wheel bearings from dust, water etc. You may also use original Ambassador convex wheel caps on these black caps. They are available in plenty and look classy also.

Your servicing photograph indicates that there are still places who wash cars like this, the typical "mama" becoming all wet in the process. The wooden log below the front cross member is also very typical of the way Fiats are lifted. You must have got all wet and smelling of diesel and grease by the time you finished. Believe you me, it's worth it.

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Dear Behram Sir..As you have guessed,I have removed the original Fiat Aluminium Hubcaps and kept at home,as I intend to put them only for Vintage car Rallys.I will try to get the wheel caps that you have suggested.

Well,i dont know,if this is a mama style of washing..before my Delight went for wash,there was an innova.wooden logs were not used for Innova and I guess the special treatment is for Fiats.
Thanks always for your advise and it is a privilege that you keep advising us.
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Here is 4035 getting her much needed attention, and yes used to love seeing her get all clean. No matter what you do sometimes you cant match the pressure wash to get rid of the dirt.
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Some pics of car being serviced recently.

Behram Sir: Please clear this doubt!

What is the type of grease that has to be injected in steering rods, propeller etc. My service station guy used a black colored grease. Is it good?
Can you shed some light on the muffler ? cost ? speciality etc ?
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Can you shed some light on the muffler ? cost ? speciality etc ?
I put that mufler 6 years back. Had paid 500 for the mufler and 350 for the two inch pipe.

I had fixed this mufler just for the sound sake. And it sounds too good!!
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Ram garu the wooden log is put because these cars can't be lifted as the new gen cars. The new gen cars have points underneath ie., axle etc where the moving object on the ramp is pushed and then lifted, for Fiats and even my jeep is lifted with wodden log.

Once my jeep was lifted by the log and the back right side of the jeep was just sitting on one nut but the servicing center guy was so confident and went underneath with ease. I was scared and just holding my breath till it got washed and got down the ramp scarring that it may slip off.

I have a doubt these guys use break oil or diesel to avoid rust forming underneath is that a local remedy or if there is any process of doing it properly.
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I have a doubt these guys use break oil or diesel to avoid rust forming underneath is that a local remedy or if there is any process of doing it properly.
Yes Bala.. They use the old oil to spray underneath the car.

See the pic of my car. After layers of oil being sprayed for the past two decades, this is how my car looks. When I tried removing the oil layer, I could see the red paint which the company had painted.

Thanks to this oil that my car's under body is pretty free of rust!
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I have a doubt these guys use break oil or diesel to avoid rust forming underneath is that a local remedy or if there is any process of doing it properly.
Well I have seen thenm using dieseal, to get rid of the the oil and greace stains.
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Its so wonderful to see all the owners share their experiances of servicing their Fiats.
This gives great insight into the engineering of Fiats.
Please keep pouring the info and pics as there is so much to learn for me.
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Aha! super cool cars, Yes karlos the MUST BE cars in FCCH, hope the owners take part in our club. ....
Ram, its time Suren's car also joins the FCCH!!! I hope his car is ready and rolling!!
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Ram, its time Suren's car also joins the FCCH!!! I hope his car is ready and rolling!!
Raj..Suren is the founder member of FCCH.His Elegant is getting ready and Im waiting for a grand day to unveil it.
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Infact we all are eager for Suren's car to officially join FCCH followed by Shiva's car (under restoration) and many more to follow. We welcome all the beauties (fiat/PP) with open arms.

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Well I have seen thenm using dieseal, to get rid of the the oil and greace stains.
Ya! Manish ji absolutely right! they use Diesel for removing the oil and grease stains, however once the wash is done few service stations spray oil (break oil) to protect from rust. Having said that what about the rubber pitch can't it do the same which oil does after oil is sprayed it will catch dust and is it not a pain again.

Does any one know what would a company procedure say to avoid rust to the cars' underneath body.

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One person Narendra, who lives in HYD is my friend in Orkut. He owns a Padmini and has the following problem. Please help him! His email id is :nvkale2@gmail.com

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Radiator Heating problem in petrol padmini
Hi FIAT Fans,
I am having petrol padmini 1987 make. I have shifted to Hyderabad in 2004 and since then I am facing problem of high engine temp. Earlier I was near pune. My engine temp I have never seen crossing 75-80 inspite of 40-50 km driving in stretch. But after shifting to Hyd even if I drove 5-6 km it was shooting to 90 deg. and maintains there . When I have asked mechanic he said Hyd weather is dry and hot (around 40-45 deg). I ve started using coolant. Then last 4-5 years it was gradually rising and now reaching almost 100-105. (just touching bottom of red mark) So I thought of over hauling of radiator. I ve done acid cleaning and overhauling in last week but still problem persists. Just 5-6km drive in city it shoots up to 100 deg.
My mechanic is telling to use local radiator with big size which accommodates more water for circulation (he will do minor modifications for fitment) .But as on today I ve not fitted any local component. I am strongly feeling to get original petrol padmini radiator from Mumbai or pune and get fitted. But he is saying since the size is same and fan also same it will not give better result. Maximum it will reduce to 95 deg. Again after 1-2 years same problem will come.
I am in dilemma what to do? Whether go for original or local with big size. Can I use diesel padmini original radiator (big size) in my padmini? Plz suggest.
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