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Old 5th March 2017, 10:20   #8041
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Guys the coolant level in the resevoir has gone down. I checked the radiator and level is ok in that so i understand i dont need to panic. The resevoir cap keeps breaking and the car keeps spewing coolant from that side. Does this means any issue as i am using a aftermarket coolant expansion cap and it has cracked again ?There was no overheating of the car. Also if need to top up i read distilled water is best. Where can i buy same? Will tap water be harmful ? I have a can of blue coolant fluid with me but is concentrated.
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How much they are quoting for subros coil?

Looking at condition of original coil looks like it was never cleaned in last 10 years. Same had happened to me. Such accumulated dirt and moisture on evaporator causes aluminium to "rust" up resulting in leakage. I think its good idea to dismantle and clean coil thoroughly every 50k km / 5 years. This will increase life of evaporator coil
The quote for subros coil is 3.3k plus 2.5 towards the refrigerant and labour, it is in process of getting replaced as we speak. Hope it works, keeping my fingers crossed.

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@Kunal_kaushal; Subros are also a good vendor, so as long as the dimensions match you should not have any issues. Remember the original coils are aluminum so a decade is a long enough life. Also, repairing a Al coil is better not done.
Hi Professor, thank you for suggestion, I have told the FNG guy to get it replaced with the subros one.

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Old 5th March 2017, 11:27   #8043
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Recently I read this in another Civic forum.

"""Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Tell your spouse, your childrden, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. *Put your car keys beside your bed at night.*

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it.

It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around.

After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot.

The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. """"

I want to know from all bhpians that how does one set off the alarm on Civic from the remote key? Can someone throw some light?
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Old 5th March 2017, 12:38   #8044
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I want to know from all bhpians that how does one set off the alarm on Civic from the remote key? Can someone throw some light?
IMHO, the indian civic remote doesn't have a panic button (the option is not present and is disabled in our civics remotes) but I feel if some one can hack into the remote like the guy in the video below



or replace/match remotes unit frequency with their respective Civic's security systems, ( from different market than india where the panic button is present and enabled on the key fob and the remote module within.), than it might work.

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The resevoir cap keeps breaking and the car keeps spewing coolant from that side. Does this means any issue as i am using a aftermarket coolant expansion cap and it has cracked again ?
Better to order and source an OE reservoir cap than to waste coolant and harm your wallet as well as mother earth. Aftermarket plastics will not have the high temperature grade quality that OE plastics will.

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Also if need to top up i read distilled water is best. Where can i buy same? Will tap water be harmful ?
Tap water is fine only when it is soft water and clean / filtered (read no sediments) . Or else you could just buy a couple of bottles of mineral water.

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Hi All, so the civic's evaporator coil was changed and thankfully now the a/c is behaving normal, i.e. blowing chilled air through vents. So the FNG scored big one over H.A.S.S.

Only grouse I had was that, in spite me telling him before hand to take good care of interiors, it was a complete mess, seats were soiled badly with grease marks and cabin had enough dust settled all around (like it was coming back after storming the desert dunes) .

The guy was apologetic, as his helper forgot my instructions and he along with one of the mechanic sat inside the cabin with open windows, while testing the air conditioner performance after the repairs, and ruining the interiors in the process. Ganeshan (FNG Guy) offered dry cleaning and a wash, but I refused as that would have taken few hours plus the dampness that would have remained for at least 2-3 days, in the head liner and carpets after the dry cleaning process.

Came back home with greasy hand and dust soaked clothing, still was happy as the air conditioning was sorted. Next morning got up early around 5:30 AM for cleaning the interiors my self only.

Whether I did a good job or not ? I will let you all to decide that
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Good morning Gentlemen, the MID in my car shows the wrong temperature. It's usually off by 5 degrees. I checked the sensor located in front of the radiator / condensor and found no soot / dust or any other coating on it. What could be wrong ?

@Kunal : Good job with cleaning up the interiors !
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Old 8th March 2017, 11:49   #8048
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Good morning Gentlemen, the MID in my car shows the wrong temperature. It's usually off by 5 degrees. I checked the sensor located in front of the radiator / condenser and found no soot / dust or any other coating on it. What could be wrong ?

@Kunal : Good job with cleaning up the interiors !
Hi mate, firstly thank you for your kind words of appreciation, though grease and muck has ruined the passenger seat leather (cracks and lines have appeared). :(

Anyways, regarding your query, I did some online research, found one thread (URL to which is provided below) which explained how to set the temperature on the MID, though I am not too sure whether this will work on our civics or not

http://www.civic.hondafitjazz.com/A0...881FEAT00.html

hope it helps to solves your issue.

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My car too needs some work on the air-conditioning system.
Chillness is poor now and a hot summer is coming up (Car will be ten years old in two more months).

So far, I had only once topped up with gas by a local-mechanic 2.5 years ago.

I called up HASS, and they quoted around Rs.5,000 for cleaning the evaporator and re-filling with gas. They need two days for this job.

If the evaporator needs a change it might be around Rs.32,000 extra.

I will be going to HASS in the next ten days for a check-up.
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My car too needs some work on the air-conditioning system.
Chillness is poor now and a hot summer is coming up (Car will be ten years old in two more months).

So far, I had only once topped up with gas by a local-mechanic 2.5 years ago.

I called up HASS, and they quoted around Rs.5,000 for cleaning the evaporator and re-filling with gas. They need two days for this job.

If the evaporator needs a change it might be around Rs.32,000 extra.

I will be going to HASS in the next ten days for a check-up.
HI Manim, True, expenses would be very high at H.A.S.S, if the evaporator coil has developed leaks and needs to be replaced, the tentative quote that was provided to me at Gurgaon H.A.S.S was 35k+ (parts/labour/refrigerant) as opposed to getting it changed at FNG for way less (5.8k all inclusive).

I am surprised , they are asking two days for cleaning and re-filling job, which IHMO can be carried out within couple of hours taking in consideration, that the right tools, equipment and skilled personal present at H.A.S.S.

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Good morning Gentlemen, the MID in my car shows the wrong temperature. It's usually off by 5 degrees. I checked the sensor located in front of the radiator / condensor and found no soot / dust or any other coating on it. What could be wrong.
I have noticed that sometimes it gets 'stuck' showing a particular temperature.

However, you can adjust it to + 2 degrees.

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Hi mate, firstly thank you for your kind words of appreciation, though grease and muck has ruined the passenger seat leather (cracks and lines have appeared). :(
I think there is an excellent thread about managing soiled / dirty / aged leather seats. I used this very treatment to try and rejuvenate my dining room chairs which are in leather. Leather was fixed over fifteen years ago. It has made a tremendous difference.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/diy-do...r-seats-2.html (DIY: Cleaning your car's leather seats)
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I think there is an excellent thread about managing soiled / dirty / aged leather seats. I used this very treatment to try and rejuvenate my dining room chairs which are in leather. Leather was fixed over fifteen years ago. It has made a tremendous difference.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/diy-do...r-seats-2.html (DIY: Cleaning your car's leather seats)
Thank you Professor, I was following the same procedure albeit using different product (Mr. Leather from Formula1 stable) but seems the issue with me was the grease went deep into the already present cracks and settled there with oil and dirt, when I tried scrubbing the muck off using a soft brush, this action of mine kind off expanded the cracks and a film of leather/colour started peeling off , on noticing this effect I stopped there only and cleaned it using a micro fiber cloth, though the seat are clean but the cracks and leather skin/colour peel still remains.

I feel, either I have to avail leather re-conditioning services (If I am able to locate one in Gurgaon) or need to change the upholstery all together.

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@kunal_kaushal; I remember seeing one program (Wheelers Dealers) on restoring old cars where they essentially dod something similar, but after putting on the cleaner they covered the seat in polythene, using a large bag) and kept it in the sun to sweat out the muck. No damage done, if it works. I am sure Gurugram has some 3M car care shops. I think 3M has specialised stuff and procedures for the purpose.
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@kunal_kaushal; I remember seeing one program (Wheelers Dealers) on restoring old cars where they essentially dod something similar, but after putting on the cleaner they covered the seat in polythene, using a large bag) and kept it in the sun to sweat out the muck. No damage done, if it works. I am sure Gurugram has some 3M car care shops. I think 3M has specialised stuff and procedures for the purpose.
Greetings Professor, I too remember watching that episode where Mike cleaned the seats and placed the seat covered in plastic to sweat(don't know whether it is the right term for dead skin) in sun. Also a big thanks for sharing about 3M Care Center (the place is really close to my office).

Also while surfing for further information on cracked leather upholstery, I found one video on youtube, where the guy did an awesome DIY job on leather seats which had cracks all over, I am planning to get my hands dirty and try this on my civic's seats, this weekend or may be weekend after Holi.



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