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Old 26th May 2012, 17:06   #226
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My Polo air-con quit working one day. My dad took it to the service center and they said it could be due to it being parked in the heat and cleaned some filter after which dad said it was better. I'm away and won't be able to check the car for a while but is there anything else I can ask my dad to keep a watch for ?

The parking in sun stuff is just FUD since I have parked it entire days in scorching sunlight with no problems
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Old 26th May 2012, 21:00   #227
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Was it parked outside with the re-circulation mode off? The dry leaves and other dust used to clog the unit rendering the air-con ineffective. Always keep the re-circ mode to "on" to avoid this. There was a similar issue reported by an vento owner too.

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My Polo air-con quit working one day. My dad took it to the service center and they said it could be due to it being parked in the heat and cleaned some filter after which dad said it was better. I'm away and won't be able to check the car for a while but is there anything else I can ask my dad to keep a watch for ?

The parking in sun stuff is just FUD since I have parked it entire days in scorching sunlight with no problems
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Most people who live in only-average climates never turn on the recirculation switch, unless stuck in a tunnel full of traffic fumes. VW should certainly not suggest that it is necessary!

Service Cost Report:

Problem: Smashed rear glass (vandalism)

Service Centre: Abra Motors, Ambattur, Chennai.

Cost of parts:

Glass 2,067.48
Sealant 1,800.00

Cost of labour:

including wash and vacuum 2,528.1

Total 6,396.00

We did not ask for the cleaning, but as we did not take or collect the car, we couldn't really quibble this!

It was lazy of us not to take the car ourselves. We had arranged with someone else to do so for us, but they let us down on the collection. Abra returned the car to us by one of their drivers for ...I forget what, a nominal sum.
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Old 26th May 2012, 23:11   #229
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Was it parked outside with the re-circulation mode off? The dry leaves and other dust used to clog the unit rendering the air-con ineffective. Always keep the re-circ mode to "on" to avoid this. There was a similar issue reported by an vento owner too.
Oh could be then, its parked in an area where lot of leaves keep falling on the car.

I always use the a/c in recirculation mode only, I find the fresh air mode only lets in the fumes from traffic outside and never use it. I rather lower the windows once in a way when I'm in clear air

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Cost of parts:

Glass 2,067.48
Sealant 1,800.00

Cost of labour:

including wash and vacuum 2,528.1

Total 6,396.00

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Thats not too bad, labour seems high but parts are priced ok. How long did they take ?

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Well, that is hard to say, believe it or not, because of confusion and being let down by the person who was supposed to be looking after it for us. It was supposed to one day, stretched into two, but we didn't get the car back on the second day. I'm not blaming Abra for that. Lesson: if you want something done properly do it yourself, even if it does mean two long round trips.

We bought the car from Abra, but I think we will have to go to the White's Rd company for subsequent workshop jobs. If one lives in South Chennai, Ambattur is beyond ...everything!

My wife does the Tamil phone calls: The Abra guys, from what I could gather, seemed quite helpful and reasonable.
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One day or even two is excellent , VW Mount Road took 10 days to replace and paint a bumper that they had in stock.

Are you getting the CR70 film redone for the broken window ?
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Surprised it took as long as ten days. Did you get your paintwork issue sorted. by the way?

I am certainly not investing anything in sun film until or unless it is certain that it won't have to removed! Next investment is cover for the car to avoid this ever happening again. We will build a steel, roofed cover and put a heavy bamboo blind. Will keep the rain off in the monsoon too, so I'll be able to keep the cover on and the car cleaner --- but it will spoil the look of our house and our view of the garden.
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My Polo (Feb 2012 TDI Highline) had a wheel lock after it was left with the handbrake engaged,for 3 days. The car was perfectly alright on my way to office(5km), when i was returning i'd parked for an hour after driving 3 kms from my office,later the car wouldn't budge. I called the VW helpline at 11.45pm and by 2.15 my car was on a flat-bed.

The cause was either wrong way of engaging the handbrake or leaving the car with the handbrake for too long. Car was serviced and returned in 5 days from VW! First experience with VW Palace Cross, and they get a thumbs up from me. It took them 2 days to get the warranty approval, but in the end they did a good job.
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My Polo (Feb 2012 TDI Highline) had a wheel lock after it was left with the handbrake engaged,for 3 days.
That's very unfortunate.

Have they given any instruction about using hand brakes like duration/method?
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Have they given any instruction about using hand brakes like duration/method?
I read through the manual and didn't find any. But the mechanics advised me not to engage the handbrake and leave the car idle after driving through water during rainy seasons or after washing the car. I didn't know this so my car had a wheel lock. Nonetheless, VW covered all under warranty, i didn't have to pay anything.
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My Polo (Feb 2012 TDI Highline) had a wheel lock after it was left with the handbrake engaged,for 3 days.
The cause was either wrong way of engaging the handbrake or leaving the car with the handbrake for too long.
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That's very unfortunate.

Have they given any instruction about using hand brakes like duration/method?
This has happened to my Polo also. The first time it took place , VW engineers came over to my place and fixed it there itself. The reason for handbrake getting locked is when water enters the wheels while washing or during rains while you have engaged the handbrake. So it gets stuck there. If it happens again, try dis-engaging and engaging handbrake several times before going ahead. And avoid engaging the handbrake if you plan to park the car for many days

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Cost of labour:

including wash and vacuum 2,528.1

Total 6,396.00

We did not ask for the cleaning, but as we did not take or collect the car, we couldn't really quibble this!
I'm surprised to see why the VW workshop there charges for cleaning and vacuuming. Every time I have visited the VW Workshop in Mumbai, they've done shampoo cleaning and vacuuming as a complimentary job.
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And avoid engaging the handbrake if you plan to park the car for many days
Is leaving the car in first gear is safer comparatively?
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Is leaving the car in first gear is safer comparatively?
Yes, if you park your car on a flat surface.
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And avoid engaging the handbrake if you plan to park the car for many days
Thanks for the suggestion! I didn't know that the car cant be left with the handbrake engaged for more than a day. Learn't my lessons the hard way. However my cousin's i20 is always parked with the handbrake engaged since he parks on a slope, even after washing the car or driving through rains. He's never had a wheel lock-up.

This seems specific to the Polo. The Service manager told me a 'modified' rear brake has been installed in my car. Lets see how it holds up.
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This seems specific to the Polo.
Yes certainly. I have owned good number of cars in past 15 years and always left the car with hand brakes on and never faced such problem.
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