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View Poll Results: How often does the car need to be serviced?
As frequently as your pocket/outlook calendar allows. 0 0%
Every 2-3 months / 1500-3000 kms. 3 9.38%
Every 6-8 months / 5000-8000 kms. 24 75.00%
Once a year / 10,000 kms is good enough. 5 15.63%
If it aint broke, why fix it? 0 0%
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Old 27th May 2007, 01:37   #1
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Arrow That divine smoothness right after servicing...

Just a few days back, I got my car serviced after 6 months of right use. The difference was just WOW... no words to describe. I think, he (the mechanic) had oiled each and every part inside, and it felt as if it was gliding frictionlessly for the first few days. Alas... that effect is mostly gone now (or is it psychological?), and the car is almost back to how it was before (which was pretty good actually... thanks to the boric treatment), but I wish I could have the same pleasure of 'frictionless' car everyday.

Can anyone take a guess at what he could have done? Luckily... I spotted one of the guys in the garage carrying something like this - WD-40 Lubrication Spray : Read reviews and compare prices at Ciao.co.uk (a lubricant spray can). Could that be the miracle-worker? If so, which parts of the car could the mechanic be spraying it with? Can it safely be used every 7-8 days without damaging the engine/wheels, or does it have to be used only once in 6 months?

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Old 27th May 2007, 01:41   #2
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Without taking anything away from the servicing, psychology plays a part too.
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Old 27th May 2007, 03:31   #3
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It is mostly psychological though there are times it can be real depending on the type of work done. But even that lasts only a few days before it goes back to feeling just the same making you wonder why you spent 3500 bucks!!!!

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Old 27th May 2007, 13:26   #4
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Still... I feel spraying some lubricant around the moving parts once in a while is a good idea. There certainly must be some loss of lubricant as the parts get rubbed against one another.

I just don't know where to spray.
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Old 28th May 2007, 12:54   #5
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While the change of oil, filter etc. do play a part, mostly it is psychological.

It is just that after a good scrub one feels very fresh and raring to go...:-)

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Still... I feel spraying some lubricant around the moving parts once in a while is a good idea. There certainly must be some loss of lubricant as the parts get rubbed against one another.

I just don't know where to spray.
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Old 28th May 2007, 13:31   #6
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I usually find that after a good wash, i find the car a little smooth. Dunno why... or if it is phychological, but i swear, on my bike the difference is so noticible after a wash.
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Luckily... I spotted one of the guys in the garage carrying something like this - WD-40

I've heard that WD-40 is marketed under a different brand name in India. When I had enquired for WD-40, most of the automobile/lubricant shop owners returned a dumb look ?

So how can we get WD-40 in India ?
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Old 29th May 2007, 09:06   #8
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Strange....Even I feel the smoothness after I give my car a good wash and waxing !
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Old 29th May 2007, 09:42   #9
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Strange....Even I feel the smoothness after I give my car a good wash and waxing !
I could not agree with the waxing bit more, helps streamline perhaps, but I have notice that again and again.
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Old 29th May 2007, 10:26   #10
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I usually find that after a good wash, i find the car a little smooth. Dunno why... or if it is phychological, but i swear, on my bike the difference is so noticible after a wash.
I agree with you here. I am unable to decide if its a mind thingy, but i feel the smoothness.
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Well, a lot of things included in the service protocol can actually improve the cars behaviour:

1. Oil change
2. Changing other lubricants
3. Engine tune-up
4. Correcting the air pressure
5. Suspension maintainence.
6. Adjusting steering play etc.
7. Wheel alignment / balancing.

And of course, there is a psychological side to it. I gotta admit....a clean car feels far smoother than a not-so-clean example.
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