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Old 30th October 2008, 14:24   #1
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I am Keshava Reddy from Bangalore. I own a Indica Xeta GLS since April 2008. As per service manual, first free service was done at 1000 km/1 month . There was no oil change and it was almost free. Now the vehicle has run 5500 kms and it does not have any any problems. Next service is due at 10000 km/12 months. Is it ok to wait till then? Please advice. By the way engine temperature needle hovers a bit more than half way mark in city driving and at quarter on highways, I hope its okay. Thanks in advance
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While I have no clue about the temp gauge in the Xeta, I can safely advise you to stick to the manual regarding service interval. Stick to the distance / time (whichever is earlier) criteria and you should be fine.

In my 2003 Indica LSi, the temp guage resolutely sticks to the 1/2 mark with the A/C on irrespective of city / highway. With the A/C off, the needle is slightly below the 1/2 mark when the radiator fan kicks in. The needle movement when the fan kicks in with the A/C on is too minute to notice.
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With respect to the temp gauage, my 1.2 GLG (6000Km, Feb '08) does not even move 5% when AC in On ( Both City & Highway).

Is this Normal?

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Thanks for your advice, hrag. It has been a sheer pleasure driving Xeta after 5 years in Maruti 800. It was through team-bhp's posts that I finalized on Xeta GLS. Will be posting my review shortly.
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With respect to the temp gauage, my 1.2 GLG (6000Km, Feb '08) does not even move 5% when AC in On ( Both City & Highway).
Is this Normal?
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@Marlon - I have checked with Service Engineers at Tata Motors about Temp Gauge. If you are driving in City with AC ON, then the Temp indicator will be around 1/2 mark. It's little unusual to have Temp gauge around 5% all the time. Have you double checked? Your engine is unusually 'cool'. check out in next servicing.
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I think Marlon means the gauge needle does not move even 5% (from where it is) - this sounds normal to me if the A/C is on.
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I think Marlon means the gauge needle does not move even 5% (from where it is) - this sounds normal to me if the A/C is on.
"From Where it is" means at the 0th Position.
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Which means your temp gauge is not connected / working? Please get this checked immediately at the nearest TASC.
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Which means your temp gauge is not connected / working? Please get this checked immediately at the nearest TASC.

No. it works pretty fine when AC is not ON
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Hello Readers,

I am Keshava Reddy from Bangalore. I own a Indica Xeta GLS since April 2008. As per service manual, first free service was done at 1000 km/1 month . There was no oil change and it was almost free. Now the vehicle has run 5500 kms and it does not have any any problems. Next service is due at 10000 km/12 months. Is it ok to wait till then? Please advice. By the way engine temperature needle hovers a bit more than half way mark in city driving and at quarter on highways, I hope its okay. Thanks in advance
I am very surprised that they have not changed the oil during the first service. This is an absolute must. Please get the oil changed at the earliest.
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vikram_d, the Indica petrols follow a slightly different oil change routine from the others. Oil change is always at 10,000 km intervals. My first oil change was at 10K km.

Marlon, please get this fixed ASAP.
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Every car that I know of pretty much has a 10k oil change cycle. But oil change is recommended during the first service as the engine has just been run-in and there will be a lot of metal debris from the running in process. The very small imperfections on the pistons and cylinders are scraped down during this process. Unless Tata has a manufacturing method that ensures that the pistons and cylinders are perfect first time around and they don't need running-in.
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Sorry sir, I meant "different" as in the first change is at 10K. The diesels used to have a 7.5K km oil change interval. I agree on the debris etc. but somehow Tata has never recommended this in the manual. I don't know why.

With my car (2003 Indica V2 LSi), the oil changes were done at 10K intervals until the 35K service. I did change oil every 5K until the 60K mark. After 60K, the car has gone for service (& oil change) only at 70K, 80K and 90K. The next time it will visit a TASC for service will be at 100K.

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I personally would get the oil changed whether it is recommended or not.
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During weekend I do a generall check-up of my car. If I feel that the oil is dark, I will go a change immediately. Its just my personal choice.

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