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Old 6th June 2008, 15:19   #1
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Default Underbody hit & now oil is leaking.

Yesterday while parking, I hit a manhole on the bottom of my car

Instead of getting down to see what happened, I tried to reverse. Again a sound.
Finally managed to get out of that scene.
But today while removing the car from my parking, I saw some oil on the floor. I came to office in car, and parked at a clean place, and I went down to have a look at the place during lunch.

Looks like some oil is leaking.
I suspect gear box is cracked
Need to take to mechanic tomorrow.

I had similar experience with a stone hit for my now sold Alto. I guess it was 8K + but, car was under company lease. So didnt bother much at that time.

Will update tomorrow about the reality(If something really bad or if it is a false alarm)

Any idea about insurance process etc? if required.
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Old 6th June 2008, 15:51   #2
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Default Can't specuate.

Maybe your motor oil sump instead? Let's hope you are lucky.

If you have a good agent he will work for/with you. Call him, if he is good you will fill out some forms and that will be that, your money will come eventually. He may come by and take some pictures or want repair estimates.
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Shouldn't there be a sump guard on the Swift Vdi?
OT: Why is this in the wrong section?
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Old 6th June 2008, 17:04   #4
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I suggest take the car to Maruti service center and get the car up on the lift and get a good mechanic to inspect the damage, it would be much better than speculating the damage and comming to a conclusion and i suggest do this ASAP.
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Sriturl,

Use the dipstick in your engine to check the engine oil level. If it is low DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR. Do not even start your car!! You can ruin your engine in less than a minute.

Even if its another fluid or oil thats leaking (transmission / brake fluid etc) - i would suggest you identify the problem before considering driving your car.

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Even if its another fluid or oil thats leaking (transmission / brake fluid etc) - i would suggest you identify the problem before considering driving your car.

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Thanks Rehaan.
Did a quick check. (Why did this didn't come to the mind to me... inexperience)

Engine oil - around 90% level between min and max.
Brake fluid - full.

But I called 24 hr breakdown assistance of dealer, and he said he would come by afternoon(he is on other side of city attending other call)
He said black oil could be engine oil.
But since it is not close to min, he said I could possibly drive down, but anyway, would wait for him to come and check...
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Looks like it is not major...
Maruti on road assistance folks from Bimal came, much earlier than promised, and checked the vehicle.
He said some pipe is leaking. Its not engine oil/gear oil, and I can drive down to service center. That is good news.

More to come after check at the service center.

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Finally, took it to the dealer showroom. Went down the car along with mechanic to check it properly.
It is the oil sump, which is leaking.
But, when the mechanic wiped it, and left the engine running, and we stayed under the vehicle, it wasnt leaking, and he said, the screw was hit, and so it became loose, which is causing leak.
He said there is no problem as such, and I am good to go. Actually it drip oil while we stayed under the vehicle.

Reached home, and I saw fresh oil under the vehicle again

Will take it again, and have a more detailed check. Else to a different place.

Meanwhile, is is a good idea to store some oil in the car, to make sure, I dont go below min level?

Leak is not very bad .I might be losing around 50 ml a day(approx)
Any idea how much oil is stored in Swift D ?
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Should be between 5 - 7 litres. Not absolutely sure though.
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After the fix up yesterday, oil leak hasn't come down.
So took to dealer again today. This time, I was a bit nervous, ride was a coarse, and rough.
Finally reached dealer with some nervousness.
On reaching this guy asked me to come back tomorrow.
But I insisted that he at least do a proper diagnosis, and fill up some engine oil.

It is the drain nut of oil sump which is the problem area, and yesterday's diagnosis still hold good. If tightened, oil leak stops, but the problem was thread was gone for the nut, so replaced the nut, and finally it is fixed. Because of original loss, and loss during replacing nut, topped up 2 liters of oil, and looks good now.

When I asked him to drain out remaining oil as well, and top up completely, he said it is not required since it was only around 1000 kms before that oil is changed.

At least the response was good. the people were quite helpful, let me inside to the workshop floor, and let me check everything to my satisfaction.
May be because it was Sunday, and every one was in holiday (good) mood
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Should be between 5 - 7 litres. Not absolutely sure though.
As per mechanic to whom I talked today, it is 2.75 litres for Swift D
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As per mechanic to whom I talked today, it is 2.75 litres for Swift D
Thats all ?
for misguiding you. I guess i had some other car in mind.
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Thats all ?
for misguiding you. I guess i had some other car in mind.
Even I was surprised that it is less than 3.
I was expecting atleast 4 litres.
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Should be between 5 - 7 litres. Not absolutely sure though.
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As per mechanic to whom I talked today, it is 2.75 litres for Swift D
I think the total oil in the entire system should be between 4 & 5 L.
Your owners manual might have this figure.

Glad to hear you got your problem solved sriturl.

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Hi,

Dont know about the diesel swift but most cars 1-1.5l have a capacity of 3.5 ltrs.


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